Alcohol farm

Glasgow West End gallery The Alchemy Experiment obtains an alcohol license

An emerging West End art gallery has won a license to serve wine at its exhibitions despite concerns over lack of disabled access.

The application for a license to sell The Alchemy Experiment on Byres Road was presented to Glasgow City Council’s Licensing Board this morning.

The gallery, which describes itself as an “inclusive arts venue” aiming to create a space for art and creativity in Glasgow, opened in October 2020 and has hosted art exhibitions ranging from painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture and textile works.

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During the meeting, members were told that claimant Denis Houlihan had seen the building, which had been empty for some time, and had decided that it would be the ideal location for the art gallery.

His representative Archie McIver said: ‘The building hosts art exhibitions, but we require a license so attendees can have a glass of wine. It’s a small and cramped space, but there are an option or two to expand the rear.

The Alchemy Experience opened just before lockdown

“The purpose of this request today is to establish a license in principle. I don’t see anywhere in the nearby area that operates a similar facility.

“They employ six people – three full-time and three part-time and they all take on an administrative role and deal with bookings and reservations.

“It’s not an establishment where alcohol is going to play a big part in the operation, but it would be helpful if they had some.”

It was then that questions were asked about the limited access of people with disabilities to the site and what measures would be taken to remedy this.

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Councilor Alex Wilson said: ‘I totally welcome this concept, but is there disabled access?

Mr McIver confirmed that people in wheelchairs could access the premises but not the toilets.

He said: “We will return to the board at some point to share our plans for expansion and inclusion of these arrangements.”

Councilor Wilson replied, “I think it will be helpful to include these provisions as you don’t want to undermine the disability community. »