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Hidden Lane revealed: A wee gem

By on March 6, 2013
The Hidden Lane is, of course, just that – a lane and courtyard tucked away behind the buzzing Finnieston stretch of Argyle Street. GINNY CLARK reports.
Those who have already wandered down that old cobbled entranceway – directly across the road from Villa Toscana – may have been on the trail of the popular Hidden Lane Tea Room. It’s certainly worth the visit – yet there is much more to this intriguing address. The Hidden Lane entrance leads through to a warren of old buildings in Argyle Court that were once merchants quarters and old stables but now house around 90 creative businesses including many working studios.
Many of these individual traders have now come together to form a collective and want to encourage more people to step off Argyle Street and down the Hidden Lane to discover for themselves some of the exciting work, products and services available.
Artist Andy Peutherer (main picture), whose work you may have seen in Glasgow Airport, is passionate about the ‘community’ being built down the lane …
“There is some exciting work going on here,” he says. “We want more people not just to read or talk about what is happening in the Hidden Lane but to actually come and see for themselves.”
Peter Gillies, a painter and stained glass artist, switched cities from Edinburgh to Glasgow to set up his studio in the Hidden Lane and is also enthusiastic about its potential.
“We have a special opportunity here,” he says. “We want to make what we do more accessible. And we also want other artists to see what goes on and the kind of facilities available. This could grow into a fantastic creative community.”
All these studios say they are more than happy for anyone to pop in and see them at work any afternoon during the week. However, the Hidden Lane collective have also introduced a special monthly open evening, First Fridays, where visitors can wander around all of the participating studios and businesses to see and chat about what is being produced. It’s a chance to watch artists and craftspeople at work – and an opportunity to either buy or commission, with pieces available to suit a variety of budgets.
“Over the months returning visitors can see how work has progressed, and see newly finished works,” says Peutherer, who shares a studio with fellow artist Michelle Campbell, with their premises not accessed from within the court but back out on Argyle Street next to the Hidden Lane Gallery.
“Establishing this kind of interactive relationship is a big element of the open evening concept.”
Don’t miss a chance to discover the Hidden Lane ….
Fridays Participants – Pink Grapefruit Furniture , Euan McWhirter – Luxury Jewellery Designer,
Peter Gillies Glass & Art, Michelle Campbell Artist, Andy Peutherer AKA UnderTheKitchenSink,
Shona JewelleryFinch & Fouracre Model MakersVolcanic Tongue music, Sea Art (visual & community art), Chouchoucouture Fashion, Glasgow Badges.
Some other studios include – Shanti Yoga, Open Ear (music design), McCracken Framing, La Chunky Recording, Chakrafit.


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