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|£2.6m grants bring first Scottish Creation Centre a giant step closer|
Briggait Creation Centre - Reception Space.
GLASGOW.- Three quarters of the funds have been secured for Scotlands first Creation Centre a project that could radically change the cultural landscape.
The last month has brought pledges of £2.6m including a £1.006m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £1m from Creative Scotland and £622,000 from the Scottish Governments Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. Glasgow City Council had already promised £1m.
The £4.9m Briggait Creation Centre will be an entirely new cultural offering, providing a dedicated base for dance and a home for the rapidly expanding physical performance sector including circus, street theatre, flying trapeze and other aerial skills.
The project, led by Wasps Artists Studios, will also complete the regeneration of the Briggait, a beautiful and historic Grade A-listed Victorian and Edwardian market complex in the citys medieval Merchant City.
Once operational it will be a hub for 600 professional artists, physical performers and dancers. It will be home to five arts organisations Dance House Glasgow, Conflux, Indepen-dance, Aerial Edge and YDance. Each has diverse skills and expertise and an international network of contacts, and all are currently based within the Briggait.
Audrey Carlin, Wasps Senior Executive Director for Business Development, said: To have these three grants confirmed in the last month is tremendous it takes us a giant stride towards giving Scotland a fabulous new centre for physical performance and dance.
Scotland has so much potential and the Briggait Creation Centre will let us develop talented young performance artists, nurturing their skills at every level from beginners through to international stars. It could help transform the cultural landscape in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Our supporters have been fantastic, theres a real sense of excitement about the opportunities this project will bring. We now have to identify the remaining 25% of the funds needed to make the centre a reality hopefully, its one last push and were there.
Creation Centres are relatively common in Europe but not the UK. They are spaces for multi-disciplinary art making, often focusing on outdoor performance but mixing visual art, performance, circus and other art forms. The BCC will offer unprecedented opportunities for participation and training in dance, street arts, physical theatre, circus and visual arts.
Once complete there will be:
· Five dance/physical performance studios from 1,200 sqft to 5,000 sqft
· Scotlands first dedicated workspace for physical performance
· Scotlands first space specially equipped for flying trapeze
· A new public dance facility for Glasgow
· Exemplar inclusive studio and changing facilities for disabled users
· A social enterprise café
· Facilities for 12,000 participants to improve their health and wellbeing
· 100,000 visitors per year to the Briggait
· An inclusive dance studio with hoist and tracking systems and a registered Changing Places toilet for disabled people.
The BCC will be very much part of the community and will allow artists to develop work with and for the public as well as creating new arts and performance-based jobs.
The Briggait was built in several stages between 1873 and 1904, and embraces a 17th-century stone tower. It has Scotlands oldest surviving collection of market halls.
There will be many activities for schools and the local community to become involved with at the BCC including researching the history of performance in the area, compiling an archive photographic exhibition, developing heritage walks and tours and learning traditional construction skills through traineeships.
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