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SWG3 begins £7 million project to become a 'world-class cultural destination'



SWG3 has announced that work has begun on its £7.1m plan to reshape the venue and the surrounding areas into a “world-class cultural destination”.

The Glasgow space has been granted £1.5m through a combination of funders, including the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, Foundation Scotland, William Grant Foundation, Scottish Enterprise and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The money will be used to create a purpose-built Yard Works Studio, which is set to become a home for artists, youth and community organisations.

Situated on the edge of Eastvale Place, the studio is the next step in reimagining the area into an arts district and forms part of the ongoing improvements that SWG3 plan to carry out.

So far £3.75m has been raised to date, most of which will come from a combination of private and public sector investments.

The first phase of major infrastructure works to improve public access and connectivity, with funding from Clyde Mission, will complete this month.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, founder and managing director of SWG3, said: “Yardworks has been a big part of our arts programme over the past few years and having the opportunity to develop a purpose-built facility to grow the programme will not just benefit the area culturally, but also have wider social and economic impact through the community.”

Scottish Enterprise’s director of place Elaine Morrison said: “The SWG3 masterplan is really helping transform that part of Glasgow into a cultural hub, and more importantly using arts, creativity and nature to tackle poverty in neighbouring communities.

“As part of the regeneration of the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District, this is creative placemaking in action and we are really excited to be part of it.”

Chris Holloway, head of social investment at Foundation Scotland, added: “This new development phase is a real boost for the local community, providing an exciting new venue and creative space for groups and individuals to convene and collaborate.”

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