Workshop 3: Building Repair and Development Grants

Between September 2020 and March 2021, GCHT ran a series of workshops which offered a step by step guide to applying for our grants. Each event featured a short presentation focused on eligibility and the application process, followed by two guest speakers who spoke about past projects. Speakers included a range of past grantees as well as GCHT Officers. Each workshop ended with a Q&A session and general discussion. 

Recorded 31st March 2021.


Building Repair Grant: Fiona Sinclair, RIAS Conservation Accredited Architect at Advanced level
Development Grant: Shireen Taylor, GAMIS (Govanhill Picture House)

The first speaker for this surgery was Fiona Sinclair, who has been involved with around thirty-five projects that have been grant-assisted by GCHT. Fiona talked about the removal and reconstruction of a decorative sandstone balcony on an Edwardian corner tenement at 20-30 Partickhill Road; and also about the journey that the co-proprietors of the building embarked on to complete the project… including a stone-carving masterclass!

Fiona said “Working with historic buildings takes time, don’t expect anything to happen overnight. Play the long game, because it’s worth it, as is using beautiful, traditional materials.”

The second speaker was Shireen Taylor, one of the Co-Founders of Glasgow Artists’ Moving Image Studios (GAMIS) – Govanhill Picture House. This voluntary group are developing plans for the regeneration of the historic Govanhill Picture House. Shireen talked about how a GCHT Development Grant enabled them to commission a feasibility study on the Picture House, with the aim of making the building safe and accessible to the community again.

Shireen said “We started with what we thought was a simple idea to bring in artists, create studios and run events. The building’s complex needs meant that this was far from straightforward. Despite the challenges, we are more determined than ever to bring this valuable building back into use as a cultural venue for the benefit of all.”

Read the transcript.

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