Glasgow can be grey. Glasgow can be drizzly. Even at the best of times. But tucked away on this corner is a world full of colour. It’s so hidden that you might not even notice it. But, as you delve down the rabbit hole, blushes of paint sweep the air.
The Hidden Lane and The Hive in Glasgow is a secluded spot of bright buildings that are used as studios for a host of creative endeavours. With 100 spaces, all hosting a variety of different works, it has become a bright hub in Argyle street.
The studios hold jewellers, artists, musicians, writers, fashion workshops and much more. It is something of a paradise for the creatives of Glasgow. It even holds a brewery and little tearoom, alongside art galleries, therapists, massage rooms and yoga studios.
So, it’s a great spot for a day out and some self-care. As soon as one walks through the rainbow palette of buildings, it’ll illuminate your day even in the depths of winter.
Open since 2009, the little hidden lane has played host to a number of expert artists. These include Alasdair Gray, Hilda Goldwag, Claire Mulholland and Lorcan Vallely, as well as Margaret Watkins’ photographs from the 1920s and ’30s.
Any budding creatives can book a studio space through the hidden lane’s website. Or, if you need to book a studio to record a track or a podcast, there is information on how to do this.
Have a potter around the paradise, look around some art galleries and top it off with some tea and cake. And, if you want to join the party then keep an eye out for studios that are up for rent. It is Glasgow’s place to be.