There is no more appropriate venue for the conference than the well-loved Glasgow landmark, Dowanhill church, now known as Cottier’s Theatre and Restaurant.
The building was designed by William Leiper (1839-1916) in 1865 as Presbyterian Church. The stunning interior and stained glass within were designed by Daniel Cottier (1837 – 1891). Both men helped to establish the international Aesthetic Movement in 1870 and 80’s, and moved in glamourous, creative circles with contemporary Movers and Shakers including Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) and Louis Comfort Tiffany (1812-1902).
In 1984 the church was acquired by the Four Acres Charitable Trust and remains in their capable hands. The Trust along with their funding partners; Historic Scotland, Heritage Fund, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Glasgow City Council, Architectural Heritage Fund and The Charity Bank have collectively restored and conserved the fabric of the building. However, there is still much work to be done. Over the years crucial steps have been made to record and highlight the importance and value of Cottiers on a city-wide and international level.
The radical decision to transfer Dowanhill church into a restaurant, bar and theatre has been a success, and it is now a vibrant West End venue which has carved a place in the heart of many a Glaswegian. The proceeds from every pint, wedding, lunch date or play held within Cottiers goes towards the continuing restoration project of this unique building.
To find out more about the valuable work carried by the Four Acres Charitable Trust, or what’s on at Cotters please click here.