artist impression of outside GSC

Make Your Mark

Do you live in or around Glasgow and want to make your mark in the public spaces around Glasgow Science Centre?

Get creative this Spring and help turn our boring grey concrete bollards into something more meaningful and inspirational that'll be seen by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

A grey concrete bollard (left) and a colourful concrete bollard (right)

Glasgow Science Centre is looking for budding artists and designers from across the local community to help us create a more appealing outside space.

We currently have 38 concrete lozenge bollards around the centre that are in need of a makeover. We’d love to highlight community connections by inviting you to create a design that reflects you or your community. We’ll be running a series of free online sessions in partnership with art organisation WAVEparticle, to explore design ideas and encourage people to create and submit their own design to be considered for one of the bollards. A selection of the submitted designs will then be used to revamp some of the bollards.

All entries will be displayed on the Glasgow Science Centre big screen and inside the centre itself. Representatives from GSC staff and design team will select a number of entries to decorate the bollards. Individuals whose entry is selected will receive free passes to Glasgow Science Centre as well as seeing their design come to life as part of the redevelopment of the outside space.

How to submit your design

Anyone can enter by submitting a design.

To get a template for your design, some design-aspiration, and full details on how to enter, view our 'Make Your Mark' guide here!

  • Scan or take a photo of your designs and email them to: using "Bollard Design" in the subject heading.
  • Post your designs to: Bollard Design Competition, CLD Team, Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA
  • GSC will arrange for pick ups from certain locations where possible, but cannot guarantee this will available to all, email us to discuss:
  • Deadline for submission of your design: Tuesday 15 June 2021

Need more help?

We’ll be running free online information sessions in April to tell you more and get you excited about the project, you can register for these below. 

For those who are interested, we’ll also be offering free follow-up design workshops over May and June to help you work on your design ideas before submitting. 

Get involved by registering for one of the free information sessions by clicking the links below or contacting

Information Sessions 

To register for an Information Session click on the date and time of your choice below:

Friday 23 April 1100 - 1200

Friday 23 April 1800 - 1900

Design Sessions

Design Sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday 31 May 1500 - 1700 
  • Wednesday 2 June 1800 - 2000

Registration is now closed. 

You can read more about the outer space transformation taking place in Spring 2021 on our blog.



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