Studios win art support title

David Cook
David Cook

Wasps Studios, which has a base in Kirkcudbright, has been named as Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year for its role in supporting the arts and artists all across the country.

The award was announced by Social Enterprise Scotland at a special lunch in Edinburgh and will be presented to CEO David Cook at a special reception in the Scottish Parliament on 4 November.

Mr Cook said: “All of us who work at Wasps are thrilled to get this award, especially as it comes from other social enterprises. We are honoured to be representing Scotland’s diverse social enterprise sector in the UK awards next month, but mostly, we’re really chuffed!”

Based in Glasgow, Wasps has a total of 17 centres in rural and urban areas all over Scotland including Shetland, Kirkcudbright, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Nairn, Newburgh and Selkirk.

It plays a hugely valuable role in the arts sector by providing high-quality and affordable workspace to creative people of all kinds.

It also buys and redevelops historic, forgotten buildings and turns them into beautiful arts facilities.

So far Wasps has raised £21 million to improve workspaces for artists and now owns two thirds of its property portfolio, securing high quality workspaces for future generations of artists.

In 2011 Wasps completed the £3.5 million regeneration of South Block, in Glasgow’s Merchant City. This has seen the former textile warehouse transformed to provide an exciting mix of low cost studio space for fine artists and craft makers, plus offices for social enterprises and commercial businesses.