“Its a new dawn, it's a new day, its new life for me. And I'm feeling good”.

Nina Simone's lyrics - one of my favourite songs - sums up how I am feeling about my new adventure into the world of blogging. I am hoping that my reflections on things that interest me in life will resonate with some. I hope to spark some conversations. I hope to improve my writing skills. And most of all I hope to have some fun in doing this.

Theatres Trust Conference 19 – Centre Stage

Last week I once again attended the annual Theatres Trust conference, this year on the theme of ‘Centre Stage – Artist and audience at the heart of theatres’. The venue was the wonderful Battersea Arts Centre – a building which did not disappoint when actually experienced. The ambience of the place is quite extraordinary – the layering of history, and…

Search for authenticity

Returning from visit to Venice in 2017 I have been thinking a lot about the dilemma of tourism which is both essential to Venice and also slowly strangling it. Indeed, this is not a problem exclusive to Venice with cities like Prague, Dubrovnik and indeed Edinburgh succumbing to the same issues. Venice is literally a living mausoleum which understandably draws…

Out with 2018!

I have failed to keep my blog Bouncing off Walls up to date and an obvious new year’s resolution is to not be so lapse in 2019. I had previously set myself the task of being more discursive – and whilst my lack of action in my blog suggests otherwise, 2018 turned out to be a very busy year! January…

Look Up – Light Up

Last weekend Page \ Park  spent a really enjoyable 36 hours in Leeds – part study trip and part exploration of a city which a few of us are getting to know quite well through our project work. We couldn’t have timed our expedition better – coinciding with the city’s Light Night Festival which runs over two consecutive evenings in…

First bounce

I am Nicola Walls, an architect with Page \ Park in Glasgow, where I lead our Arts and Culture team. I have been at this practice for nearly twenty years – remaining so long due to the enviable range of projects I have been lucky enough to work on – and more importantly the fantastic people I have been lucky…