Listen to The Briggait:
Buildings in Glasgow often get a second, sometimes even a third, life and so it is with the beautiful A Listed Briggait. When the fishmarket moved to the outskirts in the 1970s the Briggait briefly became a shopping centre.
Now it is occupied by a thriving community of over 100 artists and arts organisations. The building has been transformed and restored since WASPS took charge bringing it back to life as a creative hub.
We meet Stephen Mullen in the Briggait doorway to hear about his role in the The Empire Cafe, a series of events created for the Commonwealth Games 2014 exploring Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through poetry, music, visual art, debates, film, workshops and walks.
Not far from here you can still see some of the murals commissioned for Festival 2014, at Barras Art and Design in Moncur Street, and at New Wynd on the corner of Argyle Street. These pieces, curated by Recoat Gallery, are to be permanent artworks.