Following a two week show in Dumfries, the Stove Network’s exhibition was installed and available to visit in Southblock.

The Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Exhibition featured 15 different submissions to their Architecture Ideas Competition that was launched in April in partnership with the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The winners were selected by our panel of judges (see here for details) and were as follows:

Winner – First Place
Gordon Fleming, ARPL Architects


Second Place
Andie Cooke, Megan Ward, Cara Brunton and Ashley Mitchell

Third Place
Pioneer Landscape Architecture

Drawing Commendation
Ryan Canning and Titas Grikevicius, Holmes Miller

Following the close of the Dumfries exhibition our People’s Choice Winner, selected by popular vote, was awarded to Gordon Fleming, ARPL Architects.

Exhibition Dates:
Friday 30 June – Wednesday 12 July 2017

Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

As I See It: Missing Statues


The Duke of Wellington sitting on a horse with a traffic cone on his head. La Passionara on the banks of the Clyde with her arms in the air. A group of Gorbals boys wearing oversized stilettos. Glasgow has a lot of statues; a celebration of the city’s heritage, a collective remembering, a projection of hope for the future. But there are so many stories missing from the city’s landscape. People and events have been forgotten, erased, ignored.

Terra Incognita has been working with four community groups from across Glasgow to create four new statues for the city. Working with visual artists Rosemary Cunningham, Charlotte Duffy-Scott, Jen Smith and Alice Dansey-Wright, and drama facilitators Victoria Beesley and Rosie Reid, each artwork reflects the passions, history and experiences of the group.

The statues were unveiled on Saturday 17th June, 2-4pm; and the exhibition of the statues will run from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd 9am – 5pm.

The statues are being created by:

Terra Incognita’s Visually-Impaired Arts Group
The Women’s Creative Company
Young Carers at Glasgow South West Carers Centre
Govan Community Project.


Hoskins Architects
Friday 20th January – Monday 20th February

From numerous iterations of study models used to test ideas to presentation models communicating our vision to others, models play an integral part of our design process.

The exhibition explores the role of the model as a design tool throughout the various stages of a project.

We hope you can join us for drinks at the opening night of Hoskins Architects’ exhibition ‘Maquettes’, Friday 20th January 2017. The opening will run from 6pm – 9pm and include special guest talks by artist Lorna Macintyre, graphic designer Neil McGuire and Gabriele Bernatzky, Director at Hoskins Architects’ Berlin office.






Thursday 8th December– Sunday 18th December

UNIT 60 are back at South Block this December with their designer pop-up featuring a curated selection of unique lifestyle products and gifts.

More info incoming…



Thursday 10th November – Sunday 4th December

Join Risotto as they take over South Block this November/December for a colourful programme of events, exhibitions, workshops + shopping!


Various dates

 Explore the wonders of risograph printing through a variety of 3 workshops; RISO TRAINING, GIFT SESSIONS and POSTER CLUB. Book online to reserve your slot here.

Group Bookings/Tailored Workshops can be arranged via email:

10th Nov – 4th Dec, 10-5pm

For the course of the programme, RISOTTO will showcase new products and stationery. Special offers and limited edition items. Grab a bargain while stocks last.

10th Nov – 4th Dec, 10-5pm

To mark the launch of RISOTTO’S RISO ROOM, we’re opening with a group show of risograph culture and art. Our HEAVYWEIGHTS are the crème de la crème of the riso world.

Featuring Zines, Art Editions and Stationery from:

O.OO Risograph & Design (Taiwan) // OYE 오와이이 / O hezin (South Korea) // Bananafish Books (China) // Carlín Díaz (Venezuela) // Dominic Kesterton (UK) // Hato Press (UK) // Léa Maupetit (France) // PAPER TIGER (France) // Riso Presto (France) // Sigrid Calon (Netherlands) // Tan & Loose Press / Clay Hickson (Chicago, IL) // 코우너스 Corners (South Korea).

This event has been kindly supported by G . F Smith & Paper Back.




Saturday 30th July – Sunday7th August

The Poundshop has set up shop at South Block for Merchant City Festival 2016! On their first visit to Scotland, The Poundshop 17 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the twinning of Glasgow and Marseille. Come to South Block to see low cost products produced by a mix of eclectic designers, all influenced by these two great cities.

The Poundshop 17 boasts a unique interior created by local designer Steff Norwood, and was comissioned by Wasps Artists’ Studios.

Open 11am – 5pm

Participating designers:

Alice Jacobs for Flux Laser Studio // Alice Stevenson // And penguin said nothing // Beth and Betty // Benoît Bonnemaison-Fitte // Benoît Jacques // BOOM!BADGE // Charles Fréger // Custom Made // Claire Henry Ceramics // Dicky Bird // Doris does doodles // East End Press // Eva Abdulina, AUB VisCom // everyones electronic // FOTOKINO // Frédérique Bertrand // Glasgow Soap Company // Hanna Melin // Jenni Desmond // Jochen Gerner // Jode Pankhurst // Jolly Robin // Kablom // Lisa Jones Studio // Lollipop Designs // Mr Ps // Nikki McWilliams // PERF // Mr PS // Nikki McWilliams // RISOTTO // Sara Ferrari // Scout Editions // Sparrow & Wolf // Teresa Mum // The Poundshop // Tom Pigeon


This event was kindly supported by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council.

Photography: Beth Chalmers




Showcasing a selection of their ‘classics’ and as-yet-unseen new work, Beyond Words is the first exhibition by Poster Project.

Poster Project is a collective—consisting of nine members—within Glasgow-based design agency Front Page. The basis of which is each member’s fortnightly interpretation of a single word, chosen randomly from the studio dictionary, as an A2 poster. With the archive approaching 300 posters, South Block are delighted to host an exhibition of their best work. Beyond Words will be the first time these posters are seen ‘live’.

In the spirit of Poster Project, a competition has been run to have the work of three other designers exhibited too. The word chosen was ‘Stress’, and entries were received from across the globe, with an eventual winner coming from Lithuania.

Check out the posters and buy your own on the Poster Project website.

Nick Adams // Martin Boath // Saeed Dickie // Lisa Henderson // Graham Higgins //Amber Keating // Vanessa Lang // Andrew Nicolson // Kathleen Oakley // Laura Service // David Shearon // Stuart Swanson // Rhiannon Walker // Mark Waters

Image Credit : Front Page




Wasps’ Studios present the work of renowned Peruvian lettering artist and designer Elliot “Túpac” Urcuhuaranga at South Block, his first solo exhibition in the UK.  He presents a series of traditional Chicha posters screen-printed from free hand stencils in fluro-inks, as well as a number of customised traditional objects showcasing his unique style.

Chicha Posters are screen-printed on newsprint paper using fluorescent colours. The typography contrasts with the black background and is intended to resemble “Quechua Wanka” textiles from the Huancayo area of the Peruvian Andes. The bright colours used are inspired by the vibrant colours found in the Andean landscapes and wildlife. The designs are drafted by hand and with extraordinary skill each layer of colour is the result of a hand-cut paper stencil. The resulting posters are intensive, fluorescent and ubiquitous and have become an integral part of Peru’s urban identity. Chicha is not just a movement, but an aesthetic revolution. It is a collective movement with countless contributors reflecting dramatic social transformations that are reconfiguring the way westernised Latin America understands society.


Tupac’s work has been shown all over the world including Rio Negro University in Patagonia, Argentina; Pixelations 2013 in Cordova, Argentina; and in the Fundación Estándar Bank collection in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has travelled extensively around Latin America, offering workshops and undertaking significant advertising campaigns such as “Benditos Botines” for brand Puma for the Argentinian National team in the Brazilian World Cup 2014. He has also received commissions for magazines such as “Somos”, weekly supplement of El Comercio Peruvian newspaper and the British magazine Creative Review.

This exhibition is sponsored by Wasps’ Studios, School of Modern Languages of Newcastle University, ¡VAMOS! Festival, D8 and the Peruvian Embassy in London.

Produced by Ursula Cox



The Making Room brings together the work of an eclectic group of designers and makers working within a broad range of practices across Scotland. The project consists of a resource space located at South Block that includes objects pertaining to practice, relevant texts and the shared thoughts of the participating designers about making. The presentation is also accompanied by a programme of participatory making activity located in various studios and making-spaces across Glasgow and Edinburgh (please see included workshop programme). All workshops and talks are open to the public and creative professionals and are free of charge for participants.

The Making Room is aimed at exploring why and how designers make across a wide variety of practices from arduino programming to letterpress printing. The resource space and participatory workshops explore the contrast between research activity and hands-on experience and highlights the importance of both activities within design and making practices.


The project is designed to be generous in nature, offering great opportunities for practitioners to explore, discuss and share what they do with their peers, the public and other creative professionals.



THE POWER OF ZA : Natalia Palombo / Pidgin Perfect

In its 20th year of democracy, South Africa is brimming with innovation in the arts, producing a creative scene that is transforming society through storytelling.

Few countries have had to heal divides as deep as the ones created under apartheid, but through creativity and innovation, South Africans are bridging the divides and transforming lives.

And a new generation is emerging. Distanced from the political struggle of apartheid but living with the legacy of that time, a new generation of South Africans are using their ideas and energy to forge new identities and imagine new futures.

Through documenting their creative ideas and innovations on film, they create the potential to export their stories globally. Irreverent of mainstream Western narratives they are capturing contemporary culture in South Africa whilst imagining new African futures.

The Power of ZA was an official World Design Capital 2014 project conceived by African arts producer Natalia Palombo and the creative studio Pidgin Perfect in collaboration with the British Council’s Connect ZA project.

In May 2014, Natalia Palombo and Dele Adeyemo (Pidgin Perfect) travelled to South Africa to produce a festival of film, storytelling and design. Through a programme of film screenings, workshops and public discussions, they engaged with over 25 creative practitioners working across film, performing arts, visual art and architecture & city-making, to consider the role that film and design-thinking has in interdisciplinary practice in Johannesburg and Cape Town. An exhibition at South Block documents these events and interviews, relaying a plethora of innovative ideas captured during the scoping trip.

Image Credits : Natalia Palombo