Strange Field provides opportunities for creative experimentation, learning, and development, with a focus on underrepresented and early-stage career artists, and our local community, at both French Street and The Pipe Factory in Glasgow's East End.
Our vision is for accessible creative platforms to be embedded across Glasgow, at the heart of communities as catalysts for increased creative development, education and experimentation, inclusion and wellbeing.
Our Strategic Priorities are:
To support under-represented and early career artists and curators to test out new ideas and centre their creative development
To prioritise accessibility and resilience within the arts and ensure grassroots & artist-led creative activity is embedded across our organisation
To work with our local communities in Glasgow’s East End, as catalysts for creative change, improving quality of life through access to cultural activity for all ages.
WHAT WE DO
Creative platforms and venues.
We provide platforms for creative experimentation at two locations in Glasgow's East End. The Pipe Factory and French Street.
Between 2012 -2018, we ran a public programme at The Pipe Factory, that included residencies, exhibitions, events and publications. During this period we supported over 500 artists, produced over 100 exhibitions and events and welcomed an audience of over 10,000 people. We also rescued the historic Pipe Factory building from disrepair, creating a new community and cultural resource.
Strange Field is one of three founding members of Friends of The Pipe Factory CIC. In March 2021, Friends of The Pipe Factory purchased the Pipe Factory building as a community asset and in Jan 2023 were successfully awarded £1.9 million from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to begin the final phase of renovation works.
To engage the local community with this next chapter in The Pipe Factory’s journey, Strange Field is currently delivering a creativity programme of workshops and events, from the ground floor space, rooted in the Calton community.
In March 2021, Strange Field expanded to French Street in Dalmarnock. At French Street, we offer affordable artists' studios and an expansive exhibition space for creative programming.
We deliver both a curated and open source arts programme, in our ground floor exhibition space. As part of this, we offer subsidised venue hire and support for projects that fit with our creative ambitions and ethos, as well as for our local communities (G31 and G40 areas). In addition to this, we deliver our own programme of exhibitions and events that centre our strategic priorities.
Open Community Art School
We are working towards a new alternative arts education programme, in the form of an open community art school, which will be based within The Pipe Factory.
We aim to reach as diverse a student body as possible and to overcome barriers that prevent people from taking part in creative activity.
Open to the public, participants will be invited to work in a studio environment with other artists, to develop their practice and build their own curriculum from a range workshops and events.
If you are interested in discussing programming or open art school opportunities with Strange Field, please get in touch via email: email@example.com
'Remember: The rules, like streets, can only take you to known places. Underneath the grid is a field - it was always there - where to be lost is never to be wrong, but simply more.'
HOW TO FIND US
Car | Taxi | Drop Off
There is ample free parking directly outside the venue and surrounding streets. It takes only 5 minutes to drive from the city centre to the venue.
There is accessible parking directly outside the venue on French Street with ramp access for wheelchair users.
Train | Bus
The closest train station is Dalmarnock Train Station, which is only a 5 minute walk to the venue.
Glasgow Central Low Level trains to Dalmarnock depart every 10-15mins and directional signage will lead you straight to the venue.
First Bus Number 18 and Number 263 both depart from Ingram Street opposite GOMA to Dalmarnock's Bartholomew Street on Dalmarnock Road. Bus journey time is 14mins
Active | Foot | Bike
From Glasgow Green/Glasgow city centre it takes approx 20 mins to walk and only 6 mins to cycle, skate or scoot.
French Street is connected to several national cycle routes.