Many Studios

UK
Managing Director

Many Studios is a creative organisation committed to championing multidisciplinary practice through quality workspaces, diverse arts programming and challenging the creative sector.

As part of the legacy of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the wide ranging placemaking and programming skills of the organisation were employed to design, develop and operate a new creative hub in the East End of the city. Since 2016, the hub has played a major part in the development of The Barras neighbourhood as a new cultural destination through the building of a creative community alongside public events, outdoor markets, unique partnerships and international collaborations.

A fully serviced suite of managed workspaces, shop front creative units, contemporary art galleries, multifunctional meeting rooms and event spaces are all designed not only to support creativity, innovation and business growth but also be flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of the creative industries.

The Gallow Gate, which currently presents an interdisciplinary arts programme from our hub in the East End, shares these principles and produces projects which work locally and globally, modelling new civic acts of tolerance, resolution and resistance in response to todays socio-political landscape.

Many Studios CIC is directed by Becca Thomas, Marc Cairns and Natalia Palombo. Becca Thomas and Marc Cairns founded creative consultancy studio, New Practice, where they engage diverse communities in the process of change; using design and cultural activity to create connections between people and place to build more resilient communities for everyone. Managing Director, Natalia Palombo, is a creative producer with a focus on contemporary visual art and film. Her research is centred on critical and convivial conversation in the arts, addressing issues of access to creative and cultural activity, expectations within arts practice, and creative outcomes in areas of regeneration. As a directorship, we have provided consultancy services in creative hub management, sustainable creative business and creative mapping in Nigeria, Vietnam, and across Europe.

As a Community Interest Company (CIC), all surpluses are reinvested into supporting our tenants, maintaining our property and investing back into the creative industries. Many Studios has already achieved recognition as a model of best practice for successful growth and collaboration and was invited to join the European Creative Hubs Network in 2016.

www.manystudios.co.uk 

2013-16: Site Development

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Ross Street facade visualisation

 

Since preparations began for Glasgow to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games there has been a keen interest in the regeneration of the Barras Market. For the past 18 months, MANY Studios, currently based in the Merchant City, has been working with a property owner in the Barras Market to develop a successful response to the grant scheme which will relocate the organisation to the immediate East End of the city and within the heart of the Barras Market.

The refurbishment of the 10,000 sq ft ‘Charlie’s Market’ building on Ross Street will see MANY Studios relocate in March 2016 where they will neighbour the world famous Barrowlands Ballroom and other local arts organisations such as The Pipe Factory, Barras Art & Design Centre, Market Gallery and David Dale Gallery.

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The refurbishment will provide 40 studio spaces for a number of creative practitioners, small businesses and young entrepreneurs as well as the the relocation of The Telfer Gallery, currently based in the Merchant City, artist residency facilitates, a public facing project space, event space, conference suite, hot desking zone and an independent coffee shop.
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Project Space/The Studio visualisation
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Studio space visualisation

 

This particular project is investing £0.5 million into the local economy and during the refurbishment MANY Studios will be creating opportunities for the local community to engage with the project. The ongoing regeneration of the Barras Market has been supported by the Action Barras Calton Development Trust and Glasgow City Council on behalf of The Scottish Government.

The MANY Studios refurbishment has been designed by Glasgow based creative studio Pidgin Perfect.

 

“I am delighted to see MANY Studios CIC moving to the Barras, they will bring new creative businesses and people to the community as well as supporting the local economy.”  Yvonne Kucuk, Action Barras Calton Development Trust

“This project comes at a pivotal time in the timeline of our organisation. Through the redevelopment of an existing building in the Barras Market, MANY Studios will be able to provide more affordable workspace to a diverse range of creative organisations in the city. Our new site will offer a range of creative resources and project spaces which will enable us to work closely with the practitioners we support to help to develop emerging creative practices in line with the regeneration of Glasgow’s East End. We are excited to see how the emergence of high quality, mutli-disciplinary arts practices will work to re-imagine and re-connect the physical and social fabric of the Barras Market through the arts.” Natalia Palombo, Director, MANY Studios

 

 



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