Places and Spaces - A Sense of Community and Belonging

In our research with care experienced young people and Abertay University, the top priority and key recommendations were to establish places and spaces for young people to create and develop together.

In 2020, our 'creative home' was online and we evolved some amazing new projects and experiences as a result:

‘There are no words . . . !  You and your team have completely embraced (if embrace is actually an appropriate term for the impact of a global pandemic) this COVID world and, as ever, walked in the shoes of your clients through active listening and consultation. What you have achieved in a few weeks, is what would make anyone’s annual report look impressive.  Simply life-changing!’

Ruthanne Baxter, Museums Services Manager, University of Edinburgh, May 2020

But in the background too we were, as a founding member of an amazing new partnership and community interest company, building the case to purchase The Pipe Factory in The Barras and Calton ward in Glasgow's East End. 


The Friends of The Pipe Factory CIC was formed in May 2020, with INCH Architecture + Design, The Pipe Factory Limited and Articulate as founding members.  Together our goal is to bring a much-loved historic building in Calton back to life and secure it for the long-term benefit of the local community, young people, creative practitioners and social enterprises.  The Pipe Factory project is the first physical manifestation of Articulate's commitment to The Promise and is a powerful symbol of what we expect for care experienced young Scots.  

The Friends secured a purchase loan from Nesta's Arts and Culture Impact Fund and on 3 March 2021 bought the iconic 19th-century building.  With support too from some visionary personal investors, we will tackle the initial phase of renovating the ground and first floor in 2021.  Our ongoing commitment is to evolve a cultural hub rooted within the local community and to support the well-being and employability of young people.  Articulate and The Friends are also playing our role in the 100th-anniversary programme for The Barras market throughout 2021.


Together The Friends are seeking further capital investment (in the region of £1.7m) that will ultimately see the unusually ornate red brick, five-floor factory fully reactivated, restored to its former glory, and secured
for creative, community use in perpetuity.


The team will develop a diverse programme of arts, design and creative and cultural activities that will support young people, the local community, and all those that have known and loved the building and its heritage.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more, support the capital renovation, share building and The Barras history or enquire about hiring as we evolve the spaces - we would love to hear from you ... 

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