Speirs Lock Summer Party set to celebrate area’s creativity, culture and canal

The Whisky Bond – one of Glasgow’s leading commercial hubs for creative businesses – will be the focal point and event hub of the Speirs Lock Summer Party, which will bring local businesses, cultural organisations and people together for a day of music, workshops, food and family activities on the canal.

Set for Saturday 9 July, the Summer Party, supported by Scottish Canals, will be a celebration of the unique cluster of cultural organisations and outdoor activities along the canal at Speirs Locks. Open to all, the day will include creative workshops for different ages, led by Glasgow Sculpture Studios; an artist sample sale at nearby Grey Wolf Artists Studio; and an exhibition preview at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios gallery.

There will also be family-friendly taster sessions at Pinkston Watersports Centre; wake-boarding taster sessions at Glasgow Wake Park; music and food. For a full programme of events and locations, please visit here.

The Summer Party also marks the conclusion of Test Unit; an art, design and architecture week-long summer school.

The Speirs Locks Summer Party will also include Paper Boat; a participatory workshop led by German artist Frank Bölter. This workshop will see Frank work with local communities to build a giant paper boat out of huge sheets of paper that will sail down the canal.

Speirs Wharf was once the beating industrial heart of North Glasgow and, while the Forth & Clyde Canal is now home to creative studios and cafes rather than coal scows and warehouses, the waterway continues to play a key role in the area, bringing vibrancy and positive change to the communities along its banks.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

Helen Teeling, director of organisers TAKTAL, based at The Whisky Bond, said: “The aim of the Speirs Lock Summer Party is to bring the local community together. There is so much happening on the canal at the moment with new and diverse businesses locating to the area, new recreational facilities opening up and community and cultural groups creating wonderful work, that we wanted to bring everyone together and celebrate life in here at the canal.

“A few years ago it would have been difficult to visualise this area being home to thriving businesses, watersports facilities and arts organisations, and to see Speirs Locks thriving with its community growing and coming together is really exciting. The Summer Party is a celebration of everything that’s happening here and is open to all, with lots of family activities and fun.”

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, added: “Speirs Locks has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity over the past few years and is now an important cultural, commercial and recreational quarter for the city. The summer party will celebrate everything that makes the area and the community that calls it home unique, from the creative energy of The Whisky Bond to the rather more literal energy of Pinkston Watersports and Glasgow Wake Park. It’s set to be a fantastic day and I’d urge everyone to come along and explore everything Speirs Locks has to offer.”

A full programme of events is available here.

The Whisky Bond is one of Glasgow’s leading commercial hubs for creative businesses and has recently completed work on its 30,000 sq. ft. second phase of office and studio workspace. Located on Glasgow’s Canal at the heart of the newly emerging Speirs Locks district – just a ten minute walk from both Cowcaddens and St George’s Cross Subway Stations – TWB spreads out over seven floors and offers 100,000 sq. ft. of space to those working in the creative and cultural industries. A very limited number of units remain available to let.

Notes to Editors

About The Whisky Bond

The Whisky Bond is a seven-storey, 100,000 sq. ft. creative environment located on the Forth and Clyde Canal. It was built in 1957 by Highland Distilleries and was used as a bonded warehouse. It was later used as a mushroom factory. It was refurbished by a Joint Venture partnership led by Isis Waterside Regeneration and opened in 2012.
It provides offices and studios from 344 sq. ft. to over 3,200 sq. ft. as well as co-working space in ‘The Distillery’.

Ground to floor three (four floors) were opened in 2012 and occupants include the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and various creative and cultural businesses.
The Distillery is an open-plan space designed specifically for co-working and is aimed at emerging businesses and freelancers who require flexibility.

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for 251 bridges, 212 buildings, 256 locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles. The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter

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