Nicoll Russell Studios have completed the first phase of redevelopment at the Briggait, a project which has created a new home for over 80 visual artists and cultural organisations for Wasps Studios.
However, there still remains 1,115 square meters of derelict space within the footprint of the building. Plans are now underway to transform this site into a national centre for the cross over worlds of dance, circus, live art, street art and physical theatre. The new venue will provide facilities for training and participation for people of all ages and abilities.
Demand for physical theatre, street arts, circus and aerial work is at an all time high, with a particular focus in the value of these artforms in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. However, the lack of suitable workspace is severely hampering the growth of this sector in Scotland.
This project will use the unparalleled height and volume within the Briggait to meet the specialist needs of these artforms. It will create 7 purpose-built studios, one of which can accommodate flying trapeze - a first for Scotland!
The development is being led by a strong partnership of organisations including Wasps Studios, Dance House, Articulation, Indepen-dance and YDance.
Illustrations : NRS ; Photography : By Partners above + Brian Hartley