Many Studios Refurbishment



Many Studios CIC was established in 2014 to provide a wide range of flexible and bright spaces that meets the varied needs of the creative industries in Glasgow and is now playing a major part in the regeneration of The Barras in the immediate East End of Glasgow.

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 commercial success but also be flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of the creative industries.

Many Studios is supported and guided by a board of experienced people. Their role is to advise on strategic and operational challenges and to help embed the organisation into the wider creative landscape and development plans across The Barras, Glasgow and beyond.

Our organisation does not only provide temporary and permanent creative workspaces, but also connects our tenants to international practice through The Gallow Gate; an international project space curated by Natalia Palombo which is challenging conventional models of creative practice and sustainability through established and recurring innovative creative relationships with organisations in countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Pakistan. Locally, East End First Saturdays and Ross Street Market, our monthly culture festival and outdoor market, bring new audiences and entrepreneurial energy to The Barras whilst building unique partnerships that bolster footfall and grow the local economy.

Other key creative happenings in The Barras include Glasgow Collective, The Pipe Factory, St. Luke’s Church & The Winged Ox and Barras Art and Design Centre. Collectively these represent an exciting, vibrant and expanding creative and cultural cluster which recently hosted BBC6Music Festival and will stage major events for the 2018 European Games.

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.


Current Project: Site Development

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.


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

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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