In 2004, recognising that a lack of affordable space was the biggest threat to sustaining Glasgow’s arts scene, SWG3 created seven studios, which occupied the second floor of the Warehouse. Since then, as SWG3 has grown in size, so too has its visual arts community.
Thanks to the funds raised by CIA (Clydeside Initiative for Arts Ltd) - SWG3’s registered charity, the studios now house more than 50 artists and designers, representing a range of
Resident benefits include:
- Access to 23 affordable artist studios with photography studio & case room access
- Free gallery space to present work
- Two multi-use spaces that function as meeting and/or exhibition space
- Opportunities to create, present, and collaborate with fellow residents
- Grant application assistance for place making initiatives
- Mentorship by leading artists and curators
Here are just some of the people / organisations currently working within the venue:
Tessa Mackenzie is a designer who has resided in SWG3 studio 216 since September 2016. She moved in a few months after graduating in Communication Design from the Glasgow School of Art after applying for the Graduate Residency which offered her free studio space for a year. With her portfolio at the time primarily consisting of comics and observation studies of Glasgow, Studio Director Gaz Mac thought she would be a great fit. The Graduate Residency put Tessa in a creative community and a support network of other designers which gave her space and time to experiment with new practices which she may not have otherwise. Two years after completing the residency she is now a freelance illustrator / designer specialising in visual communication, creating her own beautiful stained glass pieces and accepting commissions from them as well as still keeping up with her comic illustrations.
In the past few months alone she has worked for the NHS visualising a study on palliative care, designer new posters for Glasgow Sculpture Studios' Workshops, illustrated Alasdair Gray for Fare magazine and illustrated a workshop summary with the Innovation School exploring mental health in rural areas in Scotland. Currently she is working on private stained glass commissions, a new comic, working as a designer for Glasgow-based club night, Belly Tree and will soon be creating her online shop in which she will have prints and stained glass pieces available to purchase or commission.
To learn more about Tessa and see more of her works, check out her website and Instagram.
Gray's School of Art graduate Rich Watson founded his video production company Flux Video in 2013, and in almost seven years of business has produced and directed sector-spanning films across multiple genres. Acquainted with SWG3 long before he began occupying a desk there in December 2017. Rich first visited the space to assist on a music video shoot in 2008, when it was a chilly warehouse brimming with eclectic odds and ends, barely recognisable as the contemporary arts hub that it is today.
With a background in fine art and specialised knowledge in photographic media, Rich takes a holistic approach to film-making. Paving a freelance career that allows Rich to work with inspiring artists, business pioneers and leading creative agencies, has lead to exciting opportunities. From filming music videos in Amsterdam, to camping on top of a frozen mountain to shoot for a whisky brand - his work now permits a varied and explorative lifestyle.
Warriors Studio is a graphic design agency and creative consultancy founded by James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson, who built the studio on a shared passion for powerful communication and design. They are also the founders and organisers of Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS), an international creative symposium. Since 2014, GDFS has welcomed 200 000 + participants and visitors from across the world. GDFS is the largest graphic design event in the UK. In 2019, Warriors launched Creative Jobs Board, a platform to showcase exciting job opportunities around the world. Free for those searching - flexible and affordable for those advertising.
Current Warriors include Beth Wilson, James Gilchrist, Victoria Donnelly, Mitchell Gilles and Jonathan Gilbride.
Mark Worst is a multidisciplinary artist specialising in mural work, illustration and tattooing. He started out paintings graffiti in his teens and early twenties, constantly pushing his style in search for new ways of self expression. The past few years have seen him travelling the UK USA & Japan completing a variety of large and smaller scale mural works in addition to tattooing.
In November 2018 Mark geld his first solo exhibition titled 'Realms and Ritual' through which he continued to progress and refine his meticulous style through various mediums, producing a body of work that translated between his large scale murals, intricate drawings and detailed tattoo designs.
Mark's experience of the SWG3 goes back as far as 2005, painting graffiti on the 2nd in his early teens under the guidance of Gazmac. Coming full circle, Mark now resides in Studio 217 where he aims to develop a body of work surrounded by the walls on which he first learned how to use a spray can.