CIVIC ROOM is a non-profit gallery established in Glasgow, 2015. Guided by an Advisory including artists, curators and leading architects, the organisation seeks to share a critical engagement between artists and the built urban spaces surrounding High Street and communities both local and international, residential and transitory. Housed in a former British Linen Bank on High Street in the east end of Glasgow, CIVIC ROOM is exploring the redevelopment of this historic site through the High Street Linen Bank (HSLB) conservation group. The director, Sarah Strang, an advisory member of Glasgow International is a frequent panelist and judge in Glasgow and London.
CIVIC ROOM finds and curates unusual opportunities for practitioners across fields of art, design and architecture to contribute to a global conversation in Glasgow - providing new contexts for professional practice, reaching new audiences, sharing knowledge across disciplines and bridging communities. Three individual strands, OPEN PROGRAMME and OFF-SITE, offer new commissions, space to exhibit and participatory artwork, respectively, in response to the shifting physical and socio-political landscape of High Street.
CIVIC ROOM has continued to grow in vision and reach with a critical programme featuring both established and emerging artists. Over the last three years, CIVIC ROOM has created partnerships with Doors Open Day, the Festival of Architecture 2016, Glasgow International, The Glasgow School of Art and Northlight Heritage in connection with the Molendinar Burn Project.
Director: Sarah Strang
Curatorial Assistant: Yasmine Sefraoui
Advisors: Iain Carson (Director, Carson & Partners); Gerry Grams (Director, Carson & Partners); Toby Paterson (Artist); Ainslie Roddick (Curator, CCA Glasgow); Paul Stallan (Director, Stallan Brand), Caroline Winn (Glasgow International).
Supporters: Carson & Partners; Oran Mor; Colin Beattie