“It’s a seven-storey, red brick beast of a building,” says Helen Teeling of TAKTAL, who works with the former warehouse now known as The Whisky Bond. Situated in north Glasgow, the building has evolved from its roots as a bonded warehouse for whisky storage to become something of a modern creative hub.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios occupy the first three floors of the building, including a public gallery on the ground floor that shows work from artists both local and international. The studios also run outreach programmes and engagement work with local communities and school groups. The third floor upwards is dedicated to co-working spaces used exclusively by creative businesses.
All of the furniture and artwork in The Whisky Bond have been designed and made by Glasgow-based artists, designers, and makers. “We try to keep the space true to the community that it’s for,” Helen explains. It’s used as a showcase for the community’s own work, but also plays an important role in attracting potential tenants.
What makes the Whisky Bond successful as a workplace, Helen believes, is the creative connections made by possible by like-minded people sharing the same building. And all this is underpinned by the practicalities of a modern co-working space: good wi-fi and good coffee in the café downstairs.
Helen and her company TAKTAL are now using events to make the building much more public-facing. “Because of the amazing array of talent and businesses within,” she says, “our job is to keep amplifying the amazing work that’s going on here.”
Visit The Whisky bond at 2 Dawson Rd, Glasgow G4 9SS, Scotland, or online at thewhiskybond.co.uk.