The Glue Factory is an independent arts venue and workspace in north Glasgow. The organisation was founded in 2011 as a non-profit community interest company by a committee of people working across art, design, architecture, music and event production.

The development of the building (and organisation) is an on-going project which aims to provide affordable studios and flexible event spaces to test ideas, collaborate, and connect with audiences.

We value the importance of being financially independent (and un-reliant on public funding) so we generate revenue by hiring space for events, photography, film and production.

The building is a cavernous industrial warehouse containing a sprawling and diverse collection of spaces. From white walled galleries to decommissioned glue vats, the building has a rich history and raw beauty that make it an exciting venue for bold and ambitious projects, exhibitions and events.

Roughly 25% of the building is dedicated to providing affordable workspace for artists and creative businesses. We house a variety of studios including a professional screen printing studio for paper and fabric, Risograph print and design studio, furniture workshop and a sound design studio.
Construction on the original building started in 1891, designed by John Keppie (with the assistance of a junior Charles Rennie Macintosh) it has had many uses - from a mineral water factory, manufacturing of Argyle Cycles, and finally Scottish Adhesives Company who left the building vacant for 12 years before it started to be used for cultural activity in 2010.

The building was first used for an arts event by the FINN Collective for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2010, and was then used intermittently until The Glue Factory CIC was set up in February 2011. Since then the Community Interest Company has leased the building and developed the programme, venue spaces and studios with the invaluable support of many volunteers, partners, friends and colleagues.
The Glue Factory is situated in Speirs Locks, in the north of Glasgow which has had significant issues with deprivation and isolation, not helped by challenging topography and the construction of the M8 motorway in the 1960s, cutting off the north from the city centre. Since 2006 the area has been part of a regeneration initiative which aims to reconnect north Glasgow through a mix of cultural, sporting and social initiatives.

The Glue Factory now sits alongside some of Scotland’s major cultural institutions - the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and workspaces such as The Whisky Bond and Grey Wolf Studios.
The Glue Factory is managed by Agile City.

The Glue Factory has been generously supported by:
Glasgow City Council
Creative Scotland

Mcateer Photograph
Glasgow School Of Art
Peter Methven
Tian Khee Siong
Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
James Farlam

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