Located on a stalled site opposite the Tramway, the Pollokshields Playhouse came about as a result of concerns by Pollokshields Community Council (PCC) about the Turner Prize coming to Tramway and how this would reflect on both Pollokshields and Glasgow given the rundown surroundings. The PCC had been pressing Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life about this but was conscious of limited resources. Ultimately, the PCC felt a more ambitious community sponsored grassroots approach might help build capacity as part of the regeneration of the PCC ward and that this could extend beyond the duration of the Turner Prize 2015. The stalled site was formerly part of Tramway but had latterly been used by a builders’ merchant. Working with the land owners the PCC secured a year-long lease with the aim of providing outdoor and covered space to any individual or community group creative enough to use it. Funding was secured from Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces, Southside Housing Association and Glasgow Life with support in kind from the land owners. The proposal was the result of a collaboration between architect Lee Ivett and artist Rachel O’Neill with East Pollokshields Quad founder Ria Din acting as client on behalf of the community. Pollokshields Playhouse is to be a blank canvas whereby the community can generate and share new ideas for the future of our community. A place to celebrate, a place to meet. A place to perform, sing, dance, show, make and talk. Through the temporary animation of this derelict site the project will provide a unique opportunity for testing new possibilities for the future of Pollokshields and Port Eglington with the idea being that the community itself creates place & programme. The project is not just about building things, objects or places, it is also an opportunity to create activity and bring people together though the creation of a shared vision for Pollokshields. We have local people and groups suggesting ideas and helping create a programme of social, cultural, creative, productive and performative activity for the site. The activity will inspire the development of the site whilst keeping it active and alive through, colour, sound, tastes and movement. The Playhouse’s first big event – a Winter Festival – on 20th December 2015, was well received with a programme including live music from a ukulele band, satirical singers, indie pop, a story-telling detective trail to find the ancestors of the Playhouse, a cafe run by local young people supplying Indian food and soup made on an open fire, Pollywood Pop-up cinema showing winter animations with popcorn, and Wordsworth – an interactive activity to find out what people felt made a community. The Playhouse group are now continuing to build relations with local individuals and groups e.g. they are currently working with local out of school care children and running design sessions for them to then come and construct their ideas at the Playhouse. Other groups approached include the Southside Film Festival, the Southside Fringe, Glasgow City Heritage Trust.