Glasgow Sculpture Studios was established in 1988 as a membership organisation by a small group of recent art school graduates keen to ensure that they had access to the production facilities that would make it possible for them to sustain careers in Glasgow.
GSS’ first home was on an industrial estate in Maryhill in the North West of Glasgow. As well as housing workshops and studio space, GSS provided technical support and a collaborative working environment that fostered a supportive community of artists. In the early 2000’s GSS was forced to find new premises, a process which was to see the organisation operate from two temporary locations over the next 8 years, at The Briggait in Glasgow’s Merchant City, and Kelvinhaugh Street in the city’s west end. During this time we also developed the range of facilities and services we offered to our members and an increased public profile through the additional of exhibition and outreach programmes.
In 2012 we moved into our first permanent home at the Whisky Bond on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the North West of Glasgow. GSS was the anchor tenant in this innovate development of this 7 storey former bonded warehouse. Taking up three floors in the building, we were able to significantly expand our workshop and studio provision, and pave the way for the gradual development of the whole building as a creative industries workspace.
GSS has continued to evolve since moving into the Whisky Bond, adapting to the opportunities and challenges presented by the new premises. Though forced to suspend our exhibition programme in 2016, we have increased our public engagement through classes and courses and our outreach programmes in the local community.
You can read more about our past exhibitions in our exhibition archive.