Glow Arts moved from its home in the corner of my living room to a unit in the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD) in March this year. The space, which is an former retail unit, has been used primarily as an office/ meeting space and we’ve had a couple of fantastic pop up gigs etc. However it is so much more than that, for those of you that haven’t been to BAaD then I should explain that the building houses 16 separate units with a variety of tenants from the creative world, a cafe (and soon to be bar) and a lovely huge courtyard space which all the units look into which has been used for Fashion Shows & shoots, gigs, Food Street Fayres, markets……the list goes on. So as soon as we got the keys the ideas started bubbling away with this amazing blank canvas of a space, then add in our creative pals that came to visit and the ideas and potential continued to develop….”great space for small exhibitions”, “Oh – think of the gigs you could have there” etc.
So BAaD is a pretty great place to have an office space, I fell in love with it straight away although it wasn’t what Glow Arts really required the thing that sealed the deal was that it was right in the middle of the Barras Market. The Barras is a special place for me as I spent a great deal of time here as a child here with my Granny Bunty, most Sundays to be honest raking through the stalls, getting chips & ginger* at the cafe and then picking up a bag of whelks and a bag of mussels before getting the bus home. I have some really vidid memories of the place. So straight away I made the decision that I would shift my work pattern to make sure I was working in the office at the weekends so that Glow Arts could be part of the Barras Market Community – we would put on exhibitions, workshops etc. so folk had a reason to come. So we’ve managed a couple of workshops and a couple of pop up gigs, but other projects distracted from pushing these ideas forward.
Finally I had the opportunity to sit down and think about how to contribute to the market, so along with the fact that it is difficult to find great Folk and Scottish Jazz music off the shelf in Glasgow so we’ve decided to open the unit Saturdays and Sundays 10-4pm as a Music – Gift Emporium. We will be launching on the 15th November 2014 stocking Folk, Jazz and original music and a range of textiles, jewellery and gifts. We’ve had some great conversations with makers and already have our first stock in from Rhubarb and Ginger Textiles. That obviously isn’t enough for Glow Arts so we’ll also be hosting an exhibition of fantastic young musician and photographer Louise Bichan‘s work, more details to follow.
We are launching this project with a very small budget so we will be building up our stock and range over the next few months, however if you are interested in having your music, books or crafts etc. in the shop please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Glow Arts operates on a not for profit basis although not legally set-up at the moment, any profit from our work is invested back into new projects and ventures so spread the word, buy local!
*translation ‘ginger’ = some kind of fizzy juice such as Irn Bru