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. Liesbet June 13, 2016 / 14:37

    From the moment you mentioned the Ideal Hut Show, I thought, “wow, there is so much to do in Glasgow”, and then, the rest of your post proved just that. It is exciting to live in or near a city for all of its interesting and eye-opening events!


    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 14:51

      Thanks Liesbet – it truly is. I think most people thinking of Scottish festivals think of Edinburgh, because it has the really big one, but we have lots of little quirky ones.


  2. June 13, 2016 / 14:51

    I love the huts! They remind me of a tiny, sustainable home exhibit that we happened upon on a trip to Washington DC several years ago. Seeing all those well thought out dwellings set up on the Smithsonian Mall was amazing. Glasgow looks wonderful!

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    • Liesbet June 13, 2016 / 15:16

      This is so interesting! I saw that exhibit in DC as well, during a layover from Belgium to Boston a few years ago…

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  3. Suzanne et Pierre June 13, 2016 / 14:59

    The huts are very original and interesting…it seems you are having a busy summer with all of the Festivals…(Suzanne)


    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 15:15

      They are a delightful addition to a stroll through the Botanics.


  4. Pit June 13, 2016 / 15:22

    I’m still thinking which of the huts I’d like to have for myself. šŸ˜‰ Thanks for showing.


    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 16:41

      I think I’d like the boat shaped one. Lovely colours! But a bit impractical for storage with curved walls……

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  5. Birgit June 13, 2016 / 15:28

    These huts are cool looking and my favourite is the purple one with the blueish/purply door with the round window. The one man with the accordion looks quite old. There seems to be a lot going on there and so much fun


  6. findingnyc June 13, 2016 / 15:41

    So much fun! I love the huts – I think the black and white striped one is my favorite, but so hard to choose just one. And so many festivals to attend! Glasgow is definitely on my list of must-visit places!!


  7. susan@onesmallwalk June 13, 2016 / 15:47

    Love the huts. I have a garden ‘shed’ that is my sanctuary. I don’t quite know why these little structures give you freedom to do things you wouldn’t do in traditional homes, but by looking at your photos (and looking at mine), it seems to be true.


    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 16:46

      Yes, one or two of these were made up as little “nooks” inside. Perfect for curling up with a book and shutting the world out!

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  8. hilarymb June 13, 2016 / 16:42

    Hi Anabel – fun to see … and generally see what’s happening – cheers Hilary


  9. ms6282 June 13, 2016 / 19:58

    Cool sheds!
    You certainly live in a vibrant city. My home town is a cultural black hole. Luckilyvwe live clise to Manchester and Liverpool whuch helps. But Glasgow probably has even more going on than either


    • Anabel Marsh June 13, 2016 / 20:40

      Thanks! I don’t know much about Liverpool but I always think Manchester looks to have a lot going on. We lived in a cultural backwater before Glasgow so I really appreciate what we have.


      • ms6282 June 13, 2016 / 22:31

        Aye. The grass is always greener!
        I reckon Liverpool is better at “culture” than Manchester. But there’s always something to see and do in both cities. But all the Glasgow festivals always look fun.

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  10. 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.


  11. restlessjo June 13, 2016 / 20:49

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


    • 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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  12. 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!


    • 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.


  13. megtraveling June 14, 2016 / 00:22

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


    • Anabel Marsh June 14, 2016 / 07:33

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


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


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

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


  18. Beth Walsh's Photoblog June 22, 2016 / 14:52

    If I had a bigger garden I think I would pick Jane Duncan’s black striped hut. It looks really cool. What a lot of wonderful festivals. Such a lot of choices. We have a lot of festivals here too but they are mostly music festivals. Would love to attend some of these.


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