Article Source: The Clydeside Collective
First Published: 4 June 2021 12:25
Updated: 4 June 2021 12:28
Glasgow has a long and proud history of inspiring artists, makers, and crafters, and now there’s a brand-new venue to showcase their work and nurture their creative talent – and all with an environmental edge.
The Clydeside Collective, due to open at the St Enoch Centre in June, will bring together creatives of every kind who each share a passion to reuse, recycle, reclaim, and resell items that may otherwise have been destined for landfill. The venue will follow in the footsteps of its east-side sister shop, The Leith Collective, which opened in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal in 2019 and has since evolved into a successful retail space and creative hub featuring the work of more than 130 artists.
As well as providing a platform for established and emerging eco-friendly artists, The Clydeside Collective will offer free additional support to all resident makers – promoting their work on their social media channels and offering valuable expert advice through their business mentorship programme. The venue will also play host to a range of inspiring events and workshops, designed to support the local community, with the ultimate aim of creating a sustainable future for all.
Commenting ahead of the launch, founder Sara Thomson explained; ‘Glasgow is such a creative and inspiring city, it felt like the natural choice when it came to finding a location for our second shop. The venue itself sits right in the heart of the city centre and gives us a fantastic opportunity to get our message of sustainability across to as many people as possible’.
Like The Leith Collective, The Clydeside Collective will be a completely single-use plastic-free shop, with all featured artists urged to consider their environmental impact at every stage of their creative process.
Explaining what a positive impact the initiative has had on her career as an artist, Jyustine Woycicka of Visual 2 Arts, whose work is currently featured at The Leith Collective, explained; ‘The Collective is a fantastic place to grow. Being a part of it has enabled me to gradually strengthen my profile as a self-employed arts professional, gain momentum in terms of sales, and effectively boost my finances’.
Artists interested in having their work featured in The Clydeside Collective should email Sara Thomson on email@example.com with a brief description of their work, up to five photos, and a link to their website and social media if applicable. Applications are welcome from artists based in Glasgow, the surrounding areas, or further afield. There is no cost to join, commission will be deducted from the sale of each item.
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