Grounds for Play: 2001 - 2004

The third competition project, which began in 2001, involved turning a small play park, close to the House, into an imaginative, highly original, and challenging space for children to enjoy all forms of play.

‘Grounds for Play’ opened to the public in June 2004. Unlike many of the traditional play parks, this one is unique - the overall park design concept and each individual play object have been specifically designed for this space by talented individuals.

A competition was organised at the beginning of 2001 for invited architects, artists and designers and this resulted in the production of a number of high quality proposals for innovative, play-related objects which are now situated within a very imaginative landscaped area.

An overall scheme designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, an award-winning firm based in Glasgow, was chosen as the winning entrant. Their winning concept was a carpet of leaf-like mounds on which, they imagined, would sit a range of play and art objects.

A number of creative people were commissioned to design the objects which are now incorporated in the park. The innovative artists and their associated play objects are:

  • Graeme Andrew - CLOUDS
  • Katy Barac - ARENA & JELLY BABIES
  • Colin Macleod & Galgael Trust - GOVNU'S HOOSE & TOTEM POLE
  • Tassy Thompson - THE MINI FOREST & SKARA BRAE
  • Alex Rigg & Trevor Leat - BELLAHOUSTON SHIP & TREE SEATS
  • Carlos Peralta & Liliana Rodriguez - THE LIVING ROOM
  • Lorraine Aaron - THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

They were assisted by the following skilled craftspeople:

  • Hector McGarva
  • Alan Kean
  • Robert Coia
  • Clyde Craft
  • Students from the College of Building and Printing
  • John Brown
  • Thomas Johnstone Ltd
  • Hunter And Clarke Ltd
  • Martin Orr & Dave Pain


The House would like to thank the following organisations for their sponsorship:

  • The Trades Hall Of Glasgow
  • The Robertson Trust
  • The Scottish Arts Council
  • The Hugh Fraser Foundation
  • Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
  • South West Area Forum, Glasgow City Council
  • Culture & Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council
  • Hanson Brick

Working with Young People

Some of the artists worked closely with the schools and youth groups in the area in order to learn what the young people wanted to see in their local play park. They had some wonderful ideas and a lucky few were able to see their ideas developed into a finished play object. This was made possible through funding from the Scottish Arts Council - Children and Young People Scheme. Artist Tassy Thompson worked with a number of children taking their concepts through design stage, manufacturing and finally installation. Their finished play object, The Mini Forest, is now one of the most popular features in the Park.

The House would like to thank the following schools and youth groups:

  • Bellahouston Nursery And Primary
  • Bellahouston Academy
  • Ibrox Primary
  • Mosspark Primary
  • St Pauls High School - Xl Team
  • Whitefield Mad Squad Youth Club
The play park has brought Bellahouston Park to life and it is a joy to watch the many children who visit this unique play area, laugh and use their imagination to have fun!