Glasgow could become circus centre as Creative Scotland backs £1 million plan

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 January 2014

Could Glasgow become a capital of circus? A £1 million creative centre is in the air

A photo of a female circus performer dressed in black dangling between two curtains
The Wasps are buzzing in Glasgow© Courtesy Creative Scotland
An empty enclave of a former fish market building could become an acrobatic hive of circus, dance, street theatre, trapeze and aerial performance under an “incredible” £1 million plan for Glasgow’s Merchant City.

The unused area of Wasps Artists’ Studios, where dozens of studios and arts organisations jostle for inspiration, aims to become the base from which a generation of nimble artists would train to entertain Britain and the world.

“The Briggait Creation Centre would be there for people who want a career in areas like the circus, dance or street theatre and for people who want to learn performance skills for their own pleasure,” says David Cook, the Chief Executive of the group.

“It would provide a home for the work of several companies which specialise in this work, allowing them the space and facilities they need to expand and thrive.

“It will also allow us to bring leading international companies to Scotland to train people to the very highest of standards.”

Creative scotland has awarded £58,750 to the project, with more than £941,000 earmarked for a glass-fronted architectural development which would be a home for the city’s enterprising Conflux, Dance House, Indepen-dance and YDance companies.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Glasgow, and for Scotland, to create its own centre of excellence for dance and physical performance,” reckons Steve Inch, the Chair of the Studios.

“There’s a huge amount of talent out there, and this would be the home where it can flourish.”

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