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Parkhead Hub: Arts Strategy

Bespoke Atelier founders, Marion Parola & Yvonne Elliott-Kellighan
Bespoke Atelier founders,
Marion Parola & Yvonne

Creative Commissions Begin

Bespoke Atelier, a design company based in Bridgeton, recently won a two-stage competition to create new artworks for the Hub’s entrance and children’s area. 

As experienced designers, they have previously created artworks for other NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde healthcare faciliites including health centre, specialist wards and hospitals.

They have also worked extensively in schools and communities across Glasgow. 

Early idea for Entrance wall panel
Early idea for Entrance
wall panel

For Parkhead Hub's entrance, they will create a large scale, illuminated wall panel to welcome visitors. The design will celebrate the rich textile and weaving heritage of the local area whilst reflecting the scale and ambition of the new Parkhead Hub itself.

Marion from Bespoke Atelier, led a design workshop on 22 July 2023 with the Saturday sewing group who meet weekly at Parkhead Schoolhouse. The group is a mix of all ages and levels of experience who share skills and enjoy each other's company. More workshops are coming soon, in the meantime feel free to watch our DIY collage activity. Send your results to

Images from design workshop
Images from design workshop

For the children's area, a feature wall will become a playful and engaging composition of shapes inspired by research into the local area. There will be points of local interest and interactivity for children of all heights and ages with patterns and motifs representing places of local interest, ideas and emotions. 

Early Visualisation
Early visualisation

Bespoke Atelier said:

“We are confident we will create a welcoming, eye catching, unique artwork for the entrance of Parkhead Hub. Working with our team of designers, specialist fabricators and structural engineers we will provide an artistic solution with a high-end finish that will withstand the test of time”.

Parkhead Hub: selection of images from site visit March 2023
Parkhead Hub: selection of images from site visit March 2023

Creative activity is Full Swing!

Martin O'Connor and Mental Health Network

Martin O'Connor, Glasgow based theatre maker, performer and poetMartin O'Connor, Glasgow based theatre-maker, performer and poet, ran a series of creative writing sessions with the Mental Health Network which finished at the end of January 2023.

For some members of the Network, it was the first time they'd tried their hand at writing and for others, they were able to hone existing skills. For everyone, it was a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience. A publication of the groups collected writings is coming soon and work is also progressing for a creative mural to finish off the office’s refurbished reception area.

Rebecca Fraser and Social Prescribing Activity

messages received from the stall at Forge Shopping CentreRebecca will be following up her work at The Forge with a map of social prescribing activity. Watch this space for more details as they emerge over Autumn 2023.

When Rebecca set up staff at Parkhead Forge with her Today Museum project in September 2022, she asked passers-by what messages they had in their shopping bags.

Exciting and informative chats were then had with all kinds of interesting people. The results were displayed in words and pictures at The Schoolhouse and at The Forge. 

Rebecca is now regularly at The Charter on Tollcross Road having  some Arty Chat! Follow her on Instagram (@parkheadartist).

Ilisa Stack and Barrowfield Community Centre

creative workshop imageIlisa Stack developed photo walks with groups from Barrowfield Community Centre.

They went on to produce some amazing results including these gorgeous cyanotypes you can see in this photograph.



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