News & Updates

There have been a number of events happening between July 2014 and now as part of the ‘Open Spaces’ programme, which has been developed as part of Art & Living : Laurieston, the art strategy developed for the area by WAVEparticle in partnership with NGHA and Urban Union.  

The ‘Open Spaces’ include the Arches on Cleland Lane adjacent to the Citizens Theatre, the Greek Thomson Church on Caledonia Road, and the Laurieston Arena in front of Norfolk Court.

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  • 23 June 2016: 7 Arches launch event

‘7 Arches’  is a new permanent public artwork by artist Liz Peden of Gorbals Arts Project that transform Cleland Street Underpass, giving the public a chance to enjoy unique artwork that focuses on the history and heritage of the local area.

Liz Peden has created a striking permanent installation in the Cleland Street Underpass, that celebrates figures of significance to Laurieston and the Gorbals, including renowned artist Hannah Frank, Allan Pinkerton –who established Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency – and Benny Lynch –Scotland’s first world flyweight boxing champion. 

Alongside Alison Thewliss, Glasgow Central MP, the Hannah Frank panel was revealed by her niece, Fiona Frank; the Benny Lynch panel by Bryan Turnbull from the Benny Lynch Campaign and Douglas Wilson, the grandson of Benny Lynch’s trainer; and the Allan Pinkerton panel was revealed by local schoolchildren from Blackfriars and St Francis’ Primary.

Liz Peden said, “The Gorbals is a performer before an audience”. She describes the work as a history wall of famous people born in the Gorbals, and chose this idea to “demonstrate to our young people that no matter where you come from, you can achieve great things.”

The artwork comprises four black and white, five-metre high, dibond panels, one in each of the four alcoves on the North side of Cleland Street underpass. Across the road on the South side of the underpass, three weathered corten steel panels carry quotations in relief that reflect each of the historic figures. At night-time the steel panels will be flooded with coloured light from a ground-based lighting system, thereby creating three slowly changing light-wells that will welcome passers-by through the underpass.

This permanent artwork has been delivered with support from WAVEparticle as part of the award-winning Art & Living : Laurieston art strategy for the area, which is being delivered in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union.    

The artwork has also been made possible by invaluable funding support from Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services and fantastic in-kind support from Network Rail.

The launch of the artwork was accompanied by a retrospective exhibition of 25 years of work by the Gorbals Arts Project, in an adjacent railway Arch in Cleland Lane – with 40 photographs capturing a range of this local arts project’s rich, creative output.

  • 10th  - 12th June 2016: 25% EXTRA

25% EXTRA is an ambitious project that saw 12 of the arches at Cleland Lane host an exhibition that brought together artists from across second-year Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. Over 120 artists presented work over a weekend event that also hosted performances and screenings, and a party with live DJs.
Visit to find out more about the project and the artists involved.


  •  8th - 25 April 2016: Glasgow International


Glasgow International is a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art which showcases the best of local and international art for wide-ranging audiences. The seventh edition took place in the city from 8th – 25th April 2016


WAVEparticle was delighted to be included in Glasgow International 2016 Across the City Programme – hosting The Circus Between Worlds by Walker and Bromwich in the Caledonia Road Church, and Dan Miller’s project Oersted for Artists in Arches in the Cleland Lane Arches.


Focused under the lens of GI The Circus Between Worlds at the Caledonia Road Church and Oersted in Artists in Arches, drew audiences to this area of the city, just south of the river, and to these two connected but very diverse, exciting spaces. Over 700 people attended the Oersted and Circus Between Worlds projects during Glasgow International, including many local residents as well as visitors to the city. These projects ran concurrently and together, with the two projects forming one core, live Open Spaces programme during Glasgow International 2016, with complementary activities across the two spaces.


Caledonia Road Church: The Circus Between Worlds

The Caledonia Road Church hosted a series of one-off events and performances, as well as artist workshops, installed sculptures, and ephemera from the development process for Circus Between Worlds, a concept set to be a long-term, ambitious, live project. 


Circus Between Worlds brought together a maverick troupe of performers colliding the artistic vision of Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich. Circus Between Worlds developed as if an encampment had arrived in town, bringing with it a bizarre and eclectic collection of performers. A series of performance nights took shape, hovering somewhere between the first hints of circus performed on village greens in rural France and the sentiment of death metal.  



Artists in Arches, (AiA):  Oersted 

With artists Dan Miller, Rasmus Danø, Søren Hüttel, Steff Norwood, Colin Orr and Kev Pollock 

This group exhibition, curated by Dan Miller, presented new work by six artists from Glasgow and Copenhagen. It incorporated a wide range of media to create a dynamic and immersive audiovisual environment - a place of intermittent ocular and auricular experience.


Artists in Arches has already housed several very successful events ranging from theatre performance to immersive sculptural installations. The spaces are large, atmospheric and distinct, whilst allowing immediate access to a series of unique projects across the one locale. Network Rail has worked closely with WAVEparticle in supporting the tenancy of these spaces, and the ambition is to make the venues more visible and known to artists as an incredible opportunity to host a range of projects.




WAVEparticle acts as caretaker to 3 spaces in Laurieston and the Gorbals, and groups them under the title Open Spaces. The three spaces are: the wonderful derelict Greek Thompson Church at Caledonia Road; a series of 23 vacant railway arches in Cleland Lane adjacent to the Citizens Theatre that we call AIA (Artists in Arches); and a 16m diameter circular space we have cleared in a wasteland at Norfolk Court by Gorbals Street which we call the Laurieston Arena. These three sites, within a 10-minute walk of each other, have been reclaimed for use by the local community and for artists and others from all over Scotland and beyond.


Open Spaces is part of Art & Living : Laurieston ( the art strategy developed by WAVEparticle for Laurieston in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association, Urban Union and the local community.  The project has been made possible with the additional invaluable support of a number of key partners including Network Rail, Stalled Spaces, Glasgow City Council Development and Regeneration Services.

  •  29th January - 10th February 2016: Fractal City by Harriet Morley & Alexander Burch 

An exhibition of current work by Harriet Morley and Alexander Burch.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 29/01/16 and there will be a closing event on Wednesday 10/02/16. There will also be an open talk with the Artists about the exhibition and an evening discussion about the upcoming demolition of the Norfolk Court tower block.

Opening Evening: Friday 29th January, 7.00pm onwards 

This exhibition follows a collaberate project in Sculpture and Photography the pair have undertaken over the last 5 months. The first exhbition being of drawing and photography in the Savoy Centre at Gallery UNIT
Through the collaboration of two artists, Alexander Burch and Harriet Morley, the exhibition in the Cleland Lane Arches will combine sculpture and photography in a site-specific exhibition investigation of architectural ideals within the constant changing face of Laurieston's urban area. 

In undertaking research into proposed plans for past regeneration of the area, the two artists have responded through various mediums. Looking at the 'in between' space and exploring the remnants of these plans, the arches sit in a prime location as part of the fabric of urban infrastructure in the area. This exhibition will re-evaluate and critique the modernist ideals for urban planning and architectural structure. The works are focused on the constructed landscape, through photographs of areas in a state of change, matched with sculptures taken from these areas that are engaged in the act of renewal. The exhibition will investigate the dynamics between photography and sculpture, how light can affect sculptural form and how the sculpted object can be combined with the photograph in order to create works that engage in dialogue. 

Closing Event: Wednesday 10th February, 7.00pm, will include a talk on the ‘Open Spaces’ project by Peter McCaughey, Lead Artist of WAVEparticle and Artists talks by Harriet Morley and Alex Burch


  •  4th January 2016: WAVEparticle and Urban Union win Arts & Business Placemaking Award 2015

WAVEparticle wins a prestigious Arts & Business award in the category Placemaking for Art & Living: Laurieston.

Outstanding partnerships between the cultural and business sectors have been celebrated at Scotland’s leading Awards ceremony recognising excellence in this field. The 2015 Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) Awards were presented last night (Wednesday 3 February) at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

In the category awards, the five winning partnerships for 2015 are:


  • Placemaking sponsored by VisitScotland: Urban Union and Waveparticle
  • People sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe: A1 Toys and Children’s Classic Concerts
  • Digital Innovation sponsored by Accenture Scotland: LaChunky Studios and Tromolo Productions
  • Entrepreneurship sponsored by Turcan Connell: Buchanan Food and Woodend Barn
  • International: Virgin Trains and YDance


The Placemaking category, sponsored by VisitScotland recognises a partnership that has strategically shaped the cultural activities in a specific geographical area or has contributed to an increase in cultural tourism in that defined area. Art & Living Laurieston is an art strategy developed for the area by WAVEparticle in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and regeneration specialist Urban UnionWAVEparticle is a Glasgow based art organisation, set up nine years ago to support and direct a team approach to large urban arts projects, public art commissions and various levels of community engagement.

A&BS Chief Executive, David Watt said: “The partnerships, projects and individuals celebrated at the Arts & Business Scotland Awards illustrate the appetite within the cultural and business sectors to ensure Scotland is a nation which has creativity and cultural engagement at its heart. 

“This year’s winners showcase the very best of what can be achieved through partnership working across the length and breadth of the country and we are immensely proud to recognise such tremendous achievements.”

Read the full article here: 





  •  7th JANUARY 2016: STICKY HONEY - hosted by Dylan Meals and Rosie Giblin

Arch 4, Cleland Lane Arches, Glasgow, G5 0TS

STICKY HONEY - hosted by Dylan Meals & Rosie Giblin 

Welcome to ‘Sticky Honey’, a pop up cinema installation showcasing short artist films from the Glasgow School of Art and beyond. 

Entrance is FREE - Please come in.

18+ only.

Screening will be held from 8 pm - 9.30pm, Thur 7th December 2016





  •  14th December 2015 - 31st January 2016: Life Through The Lens - Andy Gallacher

Arch 2, Cleland Lane Arches, Glasgow, G5 0TS - viewing by appointment [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]


Life Through The Lens - Andy Gallacher 


Exhibition preview - 5:30pm, 11th December 2015 

The exhibition is also open Sat 12th and Sun 13th December 2015 12 noon - 3pm and afterwards by appointment from 14.12.2015 - 31.01.2016, for appointment requests please email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The exhibition is part of WAVEparticle's Artists in Arches initiative for Art & Living: Laurieston, in partnership with NGHA and Urban Union and supported by Network Rail, Stalled Spaces and Glasgow City Council. 

Andy Gallacher honed his photography through the Link-Up project at the Crossroads Youth and Community Centre based at the Barn, in the Gorbals. Since gaining his distinction at the Institute of Photography, Andy has generously contributed his time and skills as a photographer to many different local organisations and groups within the area, documenting projects and helping others develop their love of photography. 

This is a chance to see another side of Andy’s work – Life Through The Lens is the first public exhibition of his work, photographs taken all over Scotland that evidence a compulsion to capture and then build images through a process of subtle post-production that Andy describes as 'shaping the photograph to represent what he sees'. 








  •  11th December 2015, 4:30 - 8pm: Winter Warmer & exhibition preview 'Life Through The Lens - Andy Gallacher'

Arch 1 & 2, Cleland Lane Arches, Glasgow, G5 0TS


A FREE EVENT to celebrate Laurieston. 

On 11th December, The Citizens Theatrethe Givin’it Laldie community choir and WAVEparticle and created a celebratory ‘Winter Warmer’ for the local area.  It began with the choir singing traditional carols in the Cleland Lane railway arches for a short theatrical presentation accompanied by the choir, and then with some warm drinks and some chestnuts Andy Gallachers show provided a nice roundup for a lovely evening. 








  •  10th December 2015: WAVEparticle wins SURF Award

WAVEparticle wins a prestigious SURF award in the category CREATIVE REGENERATION for Laurieston's 'Open Spaces'.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice & Communities Alex Neil revealed the winners of the 2015 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow yesterday evening.

After assessing 54 SURF Awards applications and visiting 16 shortlisted projects, the independent judging panel selected six category winners: 

  • Scotland's Most Improved Large Town: Kilmarnock
  • Scotland's Most Improved Small/Medium Town: Barrhead
  • Large Scale Infrastructure: Ullapool Harbour Enhancement
  • Employability: Wheatley Pledge
  • Creative Regeneration: Laurieston's 'Open Spaces'
  • Community Led Regeneration: Helmsdale Affordable Housing Initiative

SURF Chair Pippa Coutts congratulated all the winners for their success in aligning place-based improvements with meaningful social & economic impacts

A special SURF Awards publication with in-depth information on all winning and shortlisted projects is now available on the SURF website.







  • 5th October 2015: Arts & Business Awards shortlist

We're delighted that our Art & Living: Laurieston partnership has today been shortlisted for the Arts & Business Scotland Awards 2015 in the Placemaking category. Congratulations to our partners Urban Union and New Gorbals Housing Association and to everyone involved in the ongoing Art Strategy for the Laurieston area.




  • 19th September 2015: Doors Open Day

WAVEparticle - Glasgow Doors Open Day 2015 at the Caledonia Road Church

The iconic Greek Thomson building has been activated by art organisation WAVEparticle as a space for use by the local community and artists. As part of Doors Open Day, come and visit the Bamboo Pavilion by architects Lee Ivett and Jennifer Argo, a unique temporary installation in the grounds. Artists Walker & Bromwich with Jedrzej Cichosz and Susan Mowatt will be on site to introduce their pilot project 'The Circus Between Worlds' - a project that will take place over 2015 and 16 within the Caledonia Road Church site . 

Caledonia Road Church is part of the ‘Open Spaces’ project which comprises three new spaces, activated as part of Art & Living : Laurieston, the art strategy developed for Laurieston by WAVEparticle in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union. The other 2 spaces are Artists in Arches (AiA) at Cleland Lane beside the Citizens Theatre, and the Laurieston Arena at Norfolk Court by Gorbals Street. These 3 spaces, within a 10- minute walk of each other, have been reclaimed for use by the local community and for artists, musicians and others from all over Scotland and beyond. 




  • 17th September 2015: The Drowned Museum - by Charlotte Cousins

Arch 1, Cleland Lane, Glasgow, G5 9DB / 17:00 - 19:00

 'The Drowned Museum', a new body of work by Charlotte Cousins.




  • 16th May 2015: ArtInScotlandTV report about Open House & the Arches in Laurieston

Arches, Cleland Lane, Glasgow, G5 9DB

Ellen Doggett and Lin Chau, students on Glasgow School of Art’s MLitt programme, present an exhibition and a programme of events at this year’s Glasgow Open House Art Festival. The group present a mix of installation, projection and live performance, utilising the urban space of the Laurieston Arches.

Spaces was part of the Glasgow Open House Art festival, which ran from the 1st to the 4th May, exhibiting artworks across Glasgow in a variety of venues, from flats to industrial spaces. Glasgow Open House is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Glasgow School of Art alumna Amalie Silvani-Jones in 2013. It was formed in order to meet the practical needs of the city’s grassroots art community and takes its lead from Glasgow’s already prevalent ‘Do-It-Yourself’ culture in relation to visual art and music.




  • 13th - 15th August 2015: Trudat Sound & Light

Arch 2, Cleland Lane, Glasgow, G5 9DB

Trudat make audiovisual installations + performances exploring ambience and the use of sound and light as sculptural and architectural elements within space.




  •  9th May 2015, 11am - 2pm: Laurieston Fun Day - Past Present Possible


 A FREE EVENT to celebrate Laurieston. 

This day will include an opportunity to take part in face painting, tree planting, treasure hunts and guided walks, Graffiti & Stone carving workshops, live music and bouncy castles. There will also be a unique opportunity to contribute to video portraits of local people telling stories of the area for the Laurieston Portrait Gallery.

On the day, you can take part in a Treasure Trail and WIN £100 of shopping vouchers.

Everyone Welcome to come along and have some fun.






  • 27th February 2015: A View from Here


On Friday 27th February, 'A View From Here' was screened at the Laurieston Arena. 'A View From Here' was commissioned by the Scottish Refugee Council and directed by film maker Basharat Khan of Bash Art Creative.

Peter McCaughey & Basharat Khan at the STVnews talking about 'A View From Here' with Suzi from Scottish Refugee Council and Peter from WAVEparticle - might be on the Telly later 

Hoping to arrange some more screenings around Gorbal and Knightswood - watch this space. Photos courtesy of Donna dmkphotography.







  •  5th February 2015: Intervals and Small Vibrations


1 day pop-up exhibition of recent work by current Glasgow School of Art's Mlitt Fine Art Practice Sculpture students.

Matthew Donnelly, Lin Chau, Dong Kwang Jo, Will Kendrick, Sulaiman Majali, Tong Yu, Haining Liu, Alan Edward Austin, Victoria Evans & Ellie Dogget.

See a short video about the exhibition.




  • 12th December 2014: Winter Warmer

On 12th December, The Citizens Theatre, the Givin’it Laldie community choir and WAVEparticle and Gorbals Parish Church created a celebratory ‘Winter Warmer’ for the local area.  It began with the choir singing traditional carols in the foyer / and outside the Theatre at 6.30pm. The audience for ‘Winter Warmer’ then traveled to the Cleland Lane railway arches for a short theatrical presentation accompanied by the choir, and then was led in a torch lit parade to the Caledonia Road Church, concluding at the Gorbals Parish Church with mince pies and a hot drink!







  •  15 - 29 November 2014: SO IT IS

Next up in the “Open Spaces’ programme was: SO IT IS -  a group exhibition curated by YAKA a group of artists whose work was destroyed in the fire at Glasgow School of Art this year. The show was FREE and ran from Saturday 15th – 29th November, with a preview on Friday 14th November from 6pm.


YAKA selected 30 artists who graduated between 2010-2014, and their work was spread across the Open Space Venues (Arches on Cleland Lane, Greek Thomson Church and Laurieston Arena) and in the Main Hall in the Briggait, 141 Bridgegate. It was worth a visit! You found a range of work during the exhibition’s two-week run, including sculptural installations, performances, events and workshops. The exhibition had been produced in collaboration with WASPs Artists' Studios and supported by Glasgow City Council, NGHA, Urban Union and Network Rail.





  • 20th September 2014: Doors Open Day

WAVEparticle - Glasgow Doors Open Day 2014 at the Caledonia Road Church

The iconic Greek Thomson building has been activated by art organisation WAVEparticle as a space for use by the local community and artists. As part of Doors Open Day the Caledonia Road Church is open to the public again - a rare chance to have a look around this monumental building. 

Caledonia Road Church is part of the ‘Open Spaces’ project which comprises three new spaces, activated as part of Art & Living : Laurieston, the art strategy developed for Laurieston by WAVEparticle in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union. The other 2 spaces are Artists in Arches (AiA) at Cleland Lane beside the Citizens Theatre, and the Laurieston Arena at Norfolk Court by Gorbals Street. These 3 spaces, within a 10- minute walk of each other, have been reclaimed for use by the local community and for artists, musicians and others from all over Scotland and beyond.





  • 28th July: 'On Common Ground' sound installation


During the last week of July 2014 the Citizens Theatre, as part of the 'On Comon Ground' project, installed a sound piece, which played every evening to a promenade audience of approx. 300 people from 7 - 7.30pm.





  •  25th July - 8th August 2014: Louis Skehal 'A State of Place'



Glasgow-based artist, Louis Skehal, was invited to present an exhibition of his work. 

His exhibition explored the notion of PLACE.

 Place is where we are from, where we are now, where we may be. It holds memories and stories: it changes: it stays the same.

Place is a room, a house, a street, an area, a city, a country.

It’s going places, it’s out of place, it’s some place. 




  •  25th July: SEDA Magazine Launch


Friday evening - 25th July saw the launch of the Scottish Ecological Design Association’s (SEDA) new magazine. This latest issue of the magazine was all about the process of ‘Making’. The Launch event included contributions from a diverse range of builders, craftsmen and makers, describing their approaches and projects.


  •  22nd July 2014: Queen's Baton Relay

LAURIESTON ARENA - 10.30am onwards, Tuesday 22nd July – Performance by the Citizens Theatre, with the ‘On Common Ground’ choir and members of the local community, to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay.



  •  July 2014: On Common Ground

Major Award

The first performances in the Laurieston Arena and the Greek Thomson Church have just won a major award!
Art & Living : Laurieston teamed up with the Citizens Theatres ‘On Common Ground’ project, hosting events for the Debajehmujig Storytellers from Canada, as part of the Cultural Programme for the Commonwealth Games.

The project just received The Glasgow Life Award from Arts & Business Scotland.