The Ideal Hut Show

The Ideal Hut Show has reached Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens! A selection of architects, artists and designers from Scotland and abroad have transformed standard garden sheds for this exhibition, which is touring Scotland as part of the Festival of Architecture. I loved it! Especially as the weather has been so good lately: it’s been fun to wander through the huts. Do you have a favourite?

This has got me thinking about “Festival Glasgow”. In the first 6 months of this year, as well as the Festival of Architecture, we’ve been to events for Celtic Connections (music), Aye Write (books), the Storytelling Festival, Glasgow International (art), the West End Festival and Refugee Festival Scotland.

Some highlights – NB these are mostly phone photos, sometimes from quite a distance away, so they don’t really bear enlarging:

Here’s Frazey Ford (ex-Be Good Tanyas) supported by Ola Onabule at the ABC – this was our favourite gig of Celtic Connections (the emphasis mostly being on Connections rather than Celtic.) We were right at the front which had the added advantage, for an all-standing gig, of being able to lean against the crowd-barrier. The musicians at the Royal Concert Hall (centre) were a little stiff though šŸ˜‰

I’d never been to a Storytelling Festival before. It surprised me by having music and images as well as spoken word.

I visited a number of small exhibitions during Glasgow International. Below is a 16th century commonplace book which formed the centrepiece of Speaking Volumes at Glasgow Women’s Library, a couple of colourful rooms at the David Dale Gallery, Semi-gloss, Semi-permeable in the gloriously light space of the Albus, and back to the Botanic Gardens where some sculptures by Aaron Angell nestled amongst the plants in the hothouse.

Finally, the West End Festival is still in full swing. Last Sunday we caught this colourful Lion Dance in a street near our home.

Glasgow is a really fun place to live, so the moral of my story is, there’s never a bad time to visit – there’s always something on!

47 thoughts on “The Ideal Hut Show

  1. Lori L MacLaughlin June 16, 2016 / 14:41

    I like the rounded purple and blue one the best. Lovely and interesting photos, as always.

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  2. tots2travel June 15, 2016 / 10:23

    I sat in the sun the other weekend staring at these sheds but I didn’t have the energy to march around! Love the west end.

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  3. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor June 14, 2016 / 13:32

    Wow – who knew sheds could be so fun!! I bet the owners of those ones spend more time in them then they do in their houses. We used to live in the West End – such an interesting neighborhood.

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  4. joylovestravel June 14, 2016 / 11:04

    Love all the huts, couldn’t pick a favourite. We went to the Tatton Park Flower Show last year and they had a hut section – it was our favourite part of the whole thing, who knew what creativity could do to a humble shed.

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  5. megtraveling June 14, 2016 / 00:22

    There really are a lot of great events to choose from – I like all of them!

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    • Anabel Marsh June 14, 2016 / 07:33

      Thanks! Even more we didn’t get to, and more to come.

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  6. Lynne Rickards June 13, 2016 / 23:20

    So great to have all sorts of culture and variety on our doorstep! My parents are visiting from Canada tomorrow so I’ll start with the Botanic Gardens. Your photos are excellent!

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    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 23:29

      Oh, I hope the weather comes back for them! Lots to do though, even if it doesn’t.

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  7. restlessjo June 13, 2016 / 20:49

    I was thinking much the same as Liesbet. I like the Story Telling gig šŸ™‚

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    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 20:56

      The storytelling was great! Especially the one with the Hebridean photos and the piano.

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  8. anotherday2paradise June 13, 2016 / 20:26

    A fascinating array of huts indeed. šŸ™‚ It looks like you’re never short of some entertainment to go to in your lovely city. Thanks for sharing your photos, Anabel.

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