The Glue Factory

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The Glue Factory
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A multi-purpose space where Glasgow creatives host everything from art exhibitions and print workshops to recording sessions and club nights

A sprawling, multi-layered warehouse space in the Spiers Lock area of northwest Glasgow above the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glue Factory (no prizes for guessing what this place used to be in the industrial city of yesteryear) represents the achievements of a new, young generation of artists breaking through on the Glasgow scene.

Active since 2010, it’s run on a not-for-profit basis by a seven-member volunteer committee in partnership with owners ISIS Waterside Regeneration. Behind a crumbling gray roughcast exterior, The Glue Factory’s maze-like interior of desolately beautiful spaces – many of them still featuring original rusty fittings, leaky pipes and vast decommissioned glue vats – have become blank canvasses for all kinds of inspired ideas. Not just artistic, but also crossing over into the realms of contemporary performance, film, music, clubbing and everything in between.

As well as multiple artist studio and gallery spaces, The Glue Factory also houses a paper and textiles screen printing studio, and a fully equipped analogue recording studio. Events to have taken place here in recent years have included the Glasgow School of Art MFA Degree Show, a birthday concert by highly-respected Glasgow experimental music promoters Cry Parrot, an exhibition of site-specific print installations titled Print Process, and a New Year’s party hosted by Glasgow clubbing institution Optimo. Which is to say nothing of the less well advertised, more spontaneous and DIY goings on which can occur there in any given weekend throughout the year.

By: Malcolm Jack


Venue name: The Glue Factory
Address: 15 Burns Street
G4 9SE
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