With a mission to sustain and develop the arts, The Wasps Trust (Wasps) provides support to over 1,000 artists and 33 organisations across the country. Their contribution extends far beyond workspace provision; they foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that enriches the entire creative sector.

As one of Scotland's largest arts organisation, Wasps understands the importance of providing affordable and sustainable workspaces for artists. These spaces not only serve as studios but also as hubs for networking, skill-sharing, and inspiration. In an era where creative expression is more vital than ever, initiatives like Wasps ensure that artists have the resources and support they need to thrive.

The Future of Wasps

Looking ahead, Wasps is poised for an exciting evolution. With the recent acquisition of Riverside House in Edinburgh, funded in part by a £1.8m loan from Triodos, Wasps is expanding its footprint and its ability to support Scotland's creative community. Riverside House represents more than just a new building; it's a symbol of Wasps' commitment to innovation and sustainability in the arts.

“We are proud to have secured this building for our existing tenants and future generations of artists in our capital city to work from. Riverside House will have an exciting workshop space, with lots of potential for the surrounding community to be introduced to the building and its artists,” says Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of Wasps.

The acquisition of Riverside House comes at a crucial time for Wasps. The closure of one of its current studio premises, West Park Place in Edinburgh, necessitated the need for a new space. Artists involved in the transition to Riverside House have actively contributed to shaping the building's aesthetics and functionality, reflecting Wasps' ethos of community engagement and collaboration.

Speaking about the new finance, Stephen McGregor, Senior Relationship Manager at Triodos Bank UK, adds: “Triodos Bank has been proud to work with Wasps since 2004, providing loans to support the refurbishment of studio properties around Scotland. Creative hubs like this connect ideas and people and reflect, stimulate and encourage positive change, which very much aligns with our mission and values” .