After months of preparation and negotiation following the initial, speculative idea, New Glasgow Society is delighted to announce that we have a second gallery venue, extending our physical reach to the East.

NGS (East), at 279-281 High Street, has now opened. We have long been aware that our geographical centre has a West End bias, and it has been a long-held ambition to make the exhibitions we create or host, and the debates we promote, more accessible to other parts of the city. And now Glasgow has another exhibition and discussion place for architecture, the built environment and contemporary art – close to the city centre, as well as Strathclyde University School of Architecture.

NGS member Johnnie Wales, assisted by Thom Rees and others, has brought the project into being – but the opportunity to make it happen was been provided by Glasgow City Council and City Property Glasgow (Investments)’s ‘Meanwhile Spaces’ initiative. We particularly thank Cllr. Angus Millar for his assistance in helping bring the project to fruition.

We have several significant exhibitions planned for the new space (which will be announced in due course), and we will be hosting an event to celebrate this newcomer to Glasgow’s oldest street – details of this will follow.


We have not yet updated our system for accepting exhibition proposals for the venue, or have plans or dimensions for this large and highly flexible space. But in the meantime proposals can still be submitted in the usual way – please specify in your application if you are particularly interested in the NGS (East) venue.

Inaugural Exhibition

Appropriately, the first exhibition occupying NGS (East) was a study of the buildings of Glasgow’s High Street and Saltmarket – a showcase of student drawings, models, films and stories produced by students of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde.