10 Aug 2018
Made in Glasgow, an exhibition that celebrates local design and culture, has been supported by Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and the city’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander.
Made in Glasgow by Local Heroes, in partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, opened its doors on Saturday 28 July and remained open until 12 August, coinciding with the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Designers of some of the Made in Glasgow merchandise were given the chance to show the Cabinet Secretary around the exhibition yesterday (Tuesday 7 August) while discussing the concept of their designs – each of which have been inspired by the spirit of Glasgow.
Based in Merchant City at 58 Albion Street, the exhibition boasts a selection of more than 30 bold designs celebrating the spirit of Glasgow, each of which are available for sale to members of the public.
Special commissions include the Glasgow Raincoat by Love and Squalor x Alice Dansey-Wright, a Banana Bumbag from Trakke and a pair of Merino blanket scarves by Green Thomas in exclusive LOCAL and HERO colourways.
The celebratory pop-up, funded by Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council, features large geological sculptures used to display the designs.
Richard Muir, deputy chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “With the inaugural European Championships and the Merchant City Festival in full swing, the city is packed with visitors from across the world who have come to experience the spirit of Glasgow, something that has been captured within the exhibition’s designs. Since opening its doors, Made in Glasgow has been well received from a great number of both tourists and locals alike.
“The exhibition gives a well-deserved platform to Glasgow’s thriving design sector and is a welcome addition to the city’s current retail offering.”
Dr Stacey Hunter, Local Heroes curator, said: “We’ve already been able to welcome visitors from as far afield as Australia and Canada.
“The critical reception from designers and artists has been very positive and we’re glad that our experimental approach has been so successful.
As the European Championships draw to a close, early viewing figures suggest millions of viewers across Europe have been watching since the start of the games last week.
More than 8,000 athletes, officials and media have been welcomed to Glasgow during the Championships, enjoying both the sporting and cultural events, boosting the city’s global profile as a visitor destination.