The Glasgow Renaissance is a multimedia project by documentary photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie. Here he shares a short overview on The Glasgow Renaissance which tells stories of regeneration throughout Glasgow.


“The skyline of Glasgow is set to be radically transformed…”

This was the quote from Glasgow City Council in 2006 and since then the city has lost 25% of its high rise flats. As well as high rise flats – many schemes throughout the city have also disappeared – the last remnants of old Dalmarnock were demolished for the Commonwealth Games and all traces of the Oatlands estate have been wiped out by a motorway extension.

SIGHTHILL Chris Leslie

Plean Street Flats Chris Leslie

RED ROAD Chris Leslie

Since 2007 Glaswegian photographer and filmmaker, Chris Leslie, has been documenting the condemned and disappearing housing schemes of the city. Using photography and audio he documents the thoughts, memories and lost livelihoods of residents and the disappearance of schemes and communities – issues largely forgotten in the utopian goals of regeneration. Most of the areas he has documented have now disappeared or will do so soon.

His long term multimedia project on ‘Glasgow’s Renaissance’ can be viewed online here


The Oatlands Chris Leslie

Whitevale Flats Chris Leslie

Chris is looking to get the project exhibited / published. If you’re interested please email him at

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Take a look at Part One of Chris Leslie’s Glasgow Renaissance here