Alchemy Ex­per­i­ment breathes fresh life back into Byres Road

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARLA JENK­INS

BYRES Road is set to see a new artis­tic hub un­veiled this year, by the fam­ily be­hind Houli­han Phar­macy. The Alchemy Ex­per­i­ment is sit­u­ated in the old Men’s World on Byres Road, which closed in March last year, and will ex­hibit work from lo­cal artists, sell spe­cial­ity cof­fee and run events and work­shops to en­cour­age sim­i­lar artists in Glas­gow to ex­hibit their pieces.

Pierce Houli­han, The Alchemy Ex­per­i­ment man­ager, said the idea for the space came to his dad, Den­nis, af­ter his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Last year my Dad wanted to host his own ex­hi­bi­tion,” Pierce told the Glas­gow Times. “He paints in his shed and doesn’t show any­one. “The ex­hi­bi­tion was called The Alchemy, held in The Va­cant Space in Finnieston. He wanted a space like to ex­hibit in like that, but one that was more cen­tral. My sis­ter came up with the name ‘Alchemy’ as it talks about lead turn­ing to gold, and how there is sym­bol­ism in the tran­si­tion from a hob­by­ist to an artist.

“My Dad pitched this idea to the rest of fam­ily and we said yes. And be­cause of the orig­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion was called Alchemy, and it’s all an ex­per­i­ment, we’re go­ing with that name.” The Alchemy Ex­per­i­ment is a fam­ily ef­fort. “My sis­ter, Bethany, is an artist and she has made the de­signs for the re­fit. I’m work­ing on the cof­fee ma­chine and man­ag­ing it, and my brother is work­ing here too.

“We want to ex­hibit work from other artists in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, who are look­ing to host ex­hi­bi­tions but don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the op­por­tu­nity. Peo­ple want art.”

And, for Pierce, there is nowhere cry­ing out for art more than Byres Road.

“We hope it will bring a bit of a life to Byres Road.

“Man’s World had closed down and the space was cry­ing out for some­thing ex­cit­ing.

“There is some­thing for ev­ery­one in the space.”

Pierce Houli­han’s Alchemy Ex­per­i­ment is a joint ef­fort

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