Creative Exchange

The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre will be housed in Creative Exchange Perth on its completion in Autumn 2019. Creative Exchange will be an exciting hub for artists, creatives and innovators and serve as an innovation lab for the creative and digital sectors.

Creative Exchange is a regeneration project, re-vitalising the former St John’s Primary School on Stormont Street in Perth to produce 1,500m² of space. This will include; artists‘studios, creative industries work spaces, hot-desking, teaching space, project space and a café. Creative Exchange will be managed by WASPS, which is a social enterprise which provides studio spaces for artists and makers throughout Scotland with a vision to be an inspirational home for creative practice. Individuals or enterprises interested in renting space on a short or long term basis within Creative Exchange should contact WASPS – Tel: 0141 553 5890

The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre will be housed in the former gym hall of the old school providing 150m² of dedicated innovation space. The facility will benefit from the best possible connectivity, excellent business and design hardware & software, as well as a dedicated meeting room with video conference facilities.

There will be free incubation space for up to 12 enterprises, as well as being home for The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre Accelerator

Wasps now have a 40 year track record of supporting the arts community and have grown to become one of the UK’s largest studio providers. We currently house 800 visual artists and 25 arts charities at 18 sites from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands. Their work in turn touches the lives of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond.

To date they have raised c.£22 million to invest in buildings for arts use across Scotland. They now own approximately two thirds of their property portfolio, securing permanent studios for 400 artists.
In addition, their activities support the regeneration of many deprived communities across Scotland. WASPS redevelop redundant, historic buildings into beautiful facilities for artists and charities, attracting jobs and improving the physical appearance of local communities.

Wasps have been working in partnership with a number of funders, partners and local authorities expanded the network into the Scottish Highlands. Stromness Studios in Orkney and The Admiral’s House in Skye were both completed in 2016-17. Inverness Creative Academy is now open and much consultation has taken place with Perth’s Creative Community – the potential new tenants of Perth Creative Exchange.

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