Beresford Lounge

by Matt H. in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

£54,451

£80,000 target 10 days left
68% 129 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £80,000 is pledged by 24th June 2021 at 5:00pm

Help us restore a stunning venue, in an iconic building in Glasgow, providing 60 new jobs in one of the sectors worst hit by the Pandemic!

by Matt H. in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Introduction

After the devastation of fires and COVID, a lot of historic establishments suffered on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Help us bring back the street’s former prestige, by creating a destination venue we can all be proud of! We are restoring our premises over three floors of the iconic Art Deco Landmark in the Beresford Building.

 We are offering exciting rewards for your donations, no matter your location. We have prepared some of the following rewards:

  • Glasgow weekend getaway
  • Stunning Prints by award-winning artists commissioned by Beresford Lounge
  • Founding Memberships with perks such as your name on a plaque, free valet parking, chauffeur service, and so much more! 
  • Cocktail Making and Cooking Classes
  • Limited Series Cocktail Shakers

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Read on to find out more.

We received the keys to our venue on the 1st of February 2020, and a few weeks later the whole world changed. Despite the global pandemic with works well underway we have progressed to the stage to potentially be able to open our doors this summer.  While the news was full of stories of permanent closures, financial hardship, death, and devastation we received incredible encouragement from people who believe in Beresford Lounge's vision. 

We gained the support of thousands of amazing people, with almost 20,000 followers across our social media channels and hundreds of purchases of our Founding Membership Scheme. So thank you! 

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We would like to ask for your support once again for a last great push! 

Beresford Lounge is very close to opening and cannot wait to welcome you all! Our team put this crowdfunding campaign together to expedite the opening of our venue by getting the momentum of the people of Glasgow, and further afar! 

All funds raised in this campaign will go towards the remaining costs of our refurbishments.

Concept 

As lockdowns ease around the country, bars and restaurants are excited to welcome customers back who could not wait to finally reunite with their loved ones for a meal or a drink. 

We at Beresford Lounge have plans to go above and beyond the normal role of a hospitality venue, to provide even more value for our customers. We strive to create an institution that will become an anchor point for the art and business community in our City.

Beresford Lounge will be offering affordable luxury in the Centre of Glasgow, with quality local ingredients, tailored service, in a glamourous modern art deco atmosphere surrounded by displays from the best local and international artists. We will open our doors in two phases. Phase one will see our Cafe and Bar open and in Phase Two we will open our doors for our multi-event and club space. 

In our Cafe, observe the marriage of glamour with the contemporary art of brewing coffee. With healthy all-day breakfast options, alongside a selection of delicious cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Eat-in and enjoy our luxurious, yet informal atmosphere, or takeaway with our sustainable packaging for options on the go.

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Take delight in the glamorous art-deco atmosphere of our restaurant and bar, with artworks by renowned local and international artists commissioned for the venue. Our team will create a personalised and tailored service beyond your expectations. Using quality ingredients and locally sourced, fresh produce - our restaurant promises to enchant and dazzle, with seasonal contemporary Scottish and British dishes. 

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Behind the bar, mixologists will conjure up new concoctions and time-honoured classic cocktails to bring you back to the Golden Age of Glamour. With recipes from our multi-award-winning bartender and mixologist, Jamie MacDonald.

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Phase II of our opening will see the creation of a multi-purpose event venue in our basement - The Cult. The concept for Cult is to take our memberships and ethos to the next level. We will create a place where people come together to socialise, celebrate, learn, and even network, embracing these roles in a mischievous and mystical way. We will host events ranging from various club nights focusing on a mix of genres as well as fashion, art, and talent shows; spoken word, slam, and drag nights; cabaret, stand-up comedy, networking, and charity functions.

Plans for phase II are not complete, however in the below image you can see some of the key design elements.

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Our Team

Daniel, Marta, and Matt are the three founders of Beresford Lounge. Daniel and Matt are twin brothers and Marta is their sister. The founding family has a combined 22 years of experience in running their own businesses and a combined 12 years in hospitality. 

Daniel and Matt are passionate about the arts and business and Marta has a passion for the service and hospitality sector. 

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Rewards

We have created a number of exciting rewards for everyone who chooses to support us. Whether you are local, or from afar, we hope that you find something that you love from our exciting range of products.

Memberships:

We created our Founding Memberships to give you the opportunity to become a momentous part of establishing Beresford Lounge. In turn, once open, your contribution to Glasgow's most exciting new independent venue will be rewarded with a range of exciting benefits.

Graphite Founding Member

  • A one-off fee of £7.99 for the card
    +
  • £25.00 credit towards drinks and fare when Beresford Lounge opens

Benefits 

  • Stylish Graphite Founding Membership Card
  • 'Award Winning Selection' by Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
  • One free “Graphite Member” item from our menu every single month!
  • Exciting loyalty rewards

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Bronze Founding Member

Also available as a Family and Couple Founding Membership.

  • A one-off fee of £15 for the card
    +
  • £150.00 credit towards drinks and fare when Beresford Lounge opens

Benefits

  • Exquisite Bronze Founding Membership Card
  • Beautiful Presentation Case
  • 'Award Winning Selection' by Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
  • One free “Bronze Member” item from our menu every single month!
  • Exciting loyalty rewards (including birthday gifts, free items, 3rd party rewards, a chance to win exclusive items, etc.)
  • Your name on our special Bronze Founding Members Plaque which will be forever proudly displayed at Beresford Lounge & Bar

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Silver Founding Member

  • A one-off fee of £29.99 for the card
    +
  • £250.00 credit towards drinks and fare when Beresford Lounge opens

Benefits

  • Magnificent Silver Founding Membership Card (made of stainless steel)
  • Beautiful Silver Membership Presentation Case
  • 'Award Winning Selection' by Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
  • Priority for table bookings and event bookings
  • Priority for VIP Booths
  • Free complimentary VIP drinks when booking a booth (in the second phase of opening)
  • Queue jumps at busy events
  • VIP menu (exclusive for silver members and above)
  • One free VIP item from our menu every single month!
  • Holiday Season gift
  • Exciting loyalty rewards (including birthday gifts, free items, 3rd party rewards, a chance to win exclusive items, etc.)
  • Your name on our special Silver Founding Members Plaque which will be forever proudly displayed at Beresford Lounge & Bar

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Gold Founding Member

  • A one-off fee of £59.99 for the card
    +
  • £500.00 credit towards drinks and fare when Beresford Lounge opens

Benefits

  • Stunning Gold Brass Membership Card
  • Elegant Wooden Presentation Box
  • 'Award Winning Selection' by Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
  • Priority for table bookings
  • Priority event bookings (7 to 21 days in advance of official release dates)
  • Priority on VIP Booths
  • Free complimentary VIP drinks when booking a booth
  • Queue jumps at busy events
  • VIP menu (exclusive for silver members and above)
  • Exciting VIP loyalty rewards (including birthday gifts, free items, 3rd party rewards, a chance to win exclusive items, etc.)
  • Free Valet Parking when visiting Beresford Lounge (subject to notice and availability)
  • One free VIP item from our menu every single month!
  • Birthday gift
  • Holiday Season gift
  • Exciting VIP loyalty rewards
  • Your name on our special Gold Founding Members Plaque which will be forever proudly displayed at Beresford Lounge & Bar

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Diamond Founding Member

A choice of the following;

Option One:
Membership Cost £300 + Top up  £1700 = £2000 (nonprecious metal card; choose stainless steel, brass, copper. No portrait)

Option Two:
No Membership Cost + Top up  £5000 = £5000 (nonprecious metal card; choose stainless steel, brass, copper. No portrait)

Option Three:
No Membership Cost + Top up  £10,000 = £10,000 (Sterling Silver Card; + portrait)

Option Four:

No Membership Cost + Top up £17500 = £17,500 (precious metal card; Choose 9ct Gold, 9ct White Gold, 9ct Rose Gold + portrait)Option Five:

No Membership Cost + Top up £25,000 = £25,000 (high value precious metal card; Chose 22ct Gold, 18ct White Gold, 18ct Rose Gold or Platinum + portrait)

Benefits

  • All benefits in the Gold Membership
    +
  • Luxury wooden presentation box with leather lining
  • 'Award Winning Selection' by Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
  • VIP backstage access
  • Celebrity treatment with direct line for booking
  • Elite fine dining and drinks menu
  • Exclusive networking events
  • Sumptuous Birthday and Holiday Season Gifts
  • Free Chauffeur service to and from Beresford Lounge
  • A self or family portrait painted by a local artist to be hung in the lounge with a special thank you plaque
  • An option to buy equity in the business (with additional perks and a high return expected on the investment)
  • Priority to book our “J.F.K. suite” for private get-togethers and events

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Spirit Of Glasgow, By Catherine Abel

A sleek vision of Glasgow’s past, harmoniously tied to the future through elegant Art Deco design elements and luxurious, streamline detailing – the Beresford Lounge seeks to invite guests into the glamorous world of the roaring twenties, with a modern edge. To truly allow our stunning historic venue to shine, we wanted to commission a remarkable piece of art to act as the crowning jewel of the Beresford Lounge.

Finding an artist who would capture our vision, with the specialised style we were looking for, involved searching far and wide. This was when we discovered the work of globally renowned, Australian artist, Catherine Abel.

We asked Catherine to create a truly spectacular mural; a piece which would celebrate Glasgow’s rich history and culture, whilst taking pride of place as a homage to the Art Deco design within our very own bar. Catherine’s final piece achieved all of this and more, resulting in a modern masterpiece: The Spirit of Glasgow.

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Catherine Abel is renowned internationally for her striking figurative oil paintings. Combining the sleek, stylised geometry of the Art Deco period with the clarity, richness of colour, and depth of light of the Italian Renaissance Masters, her works are powerfully seductive compositions of beauty, elegance, strength, and grace.

Self-taught, Abel began painting professionally after moving to Paris in 2000. Influenced greatly by European art and history, she immersed herself in her painting, rapidly building her reputation as a fine art painter. She has exhibited in Australia, France, and the USA and is a sought-after portraitist.

On returning to Australia, Abel has continued to exhibit and sell both locally and internationally. She has been a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, and Portia Geach Art Prizes, and her works are featured in private collections worldwide.

These days you’ll find Catherine in her light-filled studio in the cool climate of the Central Highlands of Victoria nestled in a village steeped in the history of the gold-rush era. This inspirational part of the world combines the romance of old with a contemporary energy, much like Abel’s work itself.  

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Print Editions

Limited Edition or Series Prints
Simply put, a Limited Edition print means that there will only ever be a certain number of prints produced and once they are sold, there won’t be any more available.

When you buy a Limited Edition print it will be signed and numbered on the back of the print. It will also come with a signed certificate of authenticity. 

Fine Art Giclee Prints
Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does.

The quality of a giclee print is far superior to all other forms of printing. In fact, when done correctly, it’s the closest an artist can get to matching their original artwork. For art lovers who want to collect fine art but can’t afford an original, giclee reproductions are a popular alternative to purchase.

Canvas Prints
Canvas prints are Giclee fine art prints made with an inkjet printer. Please see more on Giclee prints above. Canvas prints match the original work in colour, detail and quality and come varnished, and stretched.


Empire Vision, City Essence, and Working Pride By Calum Stevenson

The elegant design of the Beresford Lounge’s interior and our stunning commission from Catherine Abel both utilise a traditional Art Deco and streamline moderne style; using sleek curves and lines inspired by aerodynamic designs for an ordered aesthetic. When collaborating with Calum, we wanted him to produce something different entirely – a series of artwork that would aesthetically disrupt the orderliness of our space, adding a fresh new perspective, whilst complimenting the rich history and design of the Beresford Lounge, alongside that of Glasgow itself.

Calum delivered all of this and more in his unique oil painting series – including the works “Empire Vision”, “City Essence” and "Working Pride".

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A bold, intriguing clash of contemporary photographic elements and traditional oil painting; Calum Stevenson’s work is instantly recognisable and his creations leave a lasting impact within the viewer’s mind.

Born in Falkirk, Stevenson graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2019. He then went on to graduate from the Glasgow School of Art with a MA in Fine Art Practice in 2020. Stevenson has been presented with numerous awards throughout the duration of his career thus far, including The Sandra McNeilance Prize for Drawing and Painting.

Stevenson’s creative process is unique in that his oil paintings begin as intricate digital collages, which are then reworked and evolved until he has reached the final, perfect iteration of his chosen compositions. These arrangements are then transformed into physical marvels as Stevenson translates each composition into a detailed oil painting on stretched canvas. Capturing a strong sense of movement and a bold intrigue, Stevenson’s artwork thrives in its complexity and the honed skill of its creator.

As a celebration of the city of Glasgow’s rich culture and the opening of the Beresford Lounge in 2021, Stevenson has created a series of truly unique paintings which reflect both Glasgow’s Art Deco heritage and the vision which encompasses the Beresford Lounge itself. These paintings are available as a limited series of high-quality prints, so you can now enjoy them from the comfort of home – supporting the Beresford Lounge and Scotland’s creative industry. Diamond Founding Members of the Beresford Lounge will also be lucky enough to have a specially commissioned portrait of themselves, or family, created by Calum Stevenson or one of our other featured artists.

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Print Editions:

Paper Prints
A paper print is an art print made with a digital printer, on high-quality paper. Although still, good quality colours may slightly vary from the original

Fine Art Giclee Prints
Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does.

The quality of a giclee print is far superior to all other forms of printing. In fact, when done correctly, it’s the closest an artist can get to matching their original artwork. For art lovers who want to collect fine art but can’t afford an original, giclee reproductions are a popular alternative to purchase.

Canvas Prints
Canvas prints are Giclee fine art prints made with an inkjet printer. Please see more on Giclee prints above. Canvas prints match the original work in colour, detail, and quality and come varnished, and stretched.

Our Building and its History

Our building represents all that is great about Glasgow and its people — resilience, a welcoming attitude, and a sense of class.

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The Beresford Building was originally designed to welcome guests during the 1938 Empire Exhibition, Scotland’s largest event held to date with 12.8 million visitors.

The iconic building was also the location of JFK’s first official address to US citizens representing the United States of America.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£570 or more

Glasgow Weekend Getaway for Two

Our city has world-class attractions with something for everyone. We will provide free accomodation for Friday and Saturday night, with meals and drinks from Beresford Lounge included with £500 in house credit. Accommodation will be provided in a holiday let style private apartment close to our venue once we are open to welcome guests with flexible booking dates.

£10 or more

Voucher

Is a Membership is not right for you? Claim a £10 voucher redeemable for all food and beverage products once we are open.

£20 or more

A4 - Paper Prints by Calum Stevenson

Printed onto the highest quality paper, rolled for shipping, and ready for framing. A contemporary, modern design with hidden, historical details. Bring an edge to your home with this truly unique and beautiful piece of art. A magnificent masterpiece, which will not only brighten up your home but strongly support the creation of 60+ jobs in one of the sectors worst hit by the events of 2020.

£33 or more

Graphite Founding Membership

As a Graphite Founding Member, you will be showing your support by putting your shoulder to the wheel helping us bring Beresford Lounge to Glasgow. As a gesture of thanks, we’ll reward you with a scrumptious item from our menu every month!

£40 or more

A3 - Paper Prints by Calum Stevenson

Printed onto the highest quality paper, rolled for shipping, and ready for framing. A contemporary, modern design with hidden, historical details – bring an edge to your home with this truly unique and beautiful piece of art. Magnificent masterpieces, which will not only brighten up your home but strongly support the creation of 60+ jobs in one of the sectors worst hit by the events of 2020.

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Limited Edition - Glass Cocktail Shaker

Only available through our crowdfunding campaign. As thank you, you will receive a Glass cocktail shaker with Beresford Lounge's logo and your initials on the side. The shaker will feature an elegant cut glass detailing, a mirror-polished stainless-steel lid, and a built-in strainer. This cut glass shaker would make a stylish addition to any home bar. This shaker is ideal for trying out new cocktail recipes!

£60 or more

A2 - Paper Prints by Calum Stevenson

Printed onto the highest quality paper, rolled for shipping, and ready for framing. A contemporary, modern design with hidden, historical details – bring an edge to your home with this truly unique and beautiful piece of art. Magnificent masterpieces, which will not only brighten up your home but strongly support the creation of 60+ jobs in one of the sectors worst hit by the events of 2020.

£75 or more

1 of 996 claimed

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel – XS Gicle

Giclee is a fine art print made with an ink jet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an ink jet printer does. This unique diptych offers a breath-taking composition in Art Deco’s signature luxury style. With only a handful available in our most limited series, this crowning jewel of our new venue can now be yours for a limited time.

£80 or more

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Limited Edition - Copper Cocktail Shaker

Only available through our crowdfunding campaign. As thank you, you will receive a Copper Pineapple Shaker with Beresford Lounge's logo and your initials on the side. This shaker will feature embossed pineapple detailing and is the ideal way to show off your mixology skills. The cocktail shaker would make a wonderful addition to any home bar!

£140 or more

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Cookery Class with Beresford Lounge

We'll create a bespoke 3-course menu with you then teach you how to cook it so you can wow your own guests at home. This experience is available for up to 3 participants at one time (additional charge for extra participants to cover costs) and only available on a Sunday.

£150 or more

Small - Giclee Fine Art Prints by Calum Stevenson

Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does.

£165 or more

6 of 495 claimed

Bronze Founding Member

Bronze Founding Members go that extra step in making the dream of Beresford Lounge a reality in Glasgow. As thanks for your commitment, you will receive a special, free-of-charge item from our menu every month, and your name will be permanently emblazoned on our Bronze Founding Members Plaque, which we will display proudly inside the Beresford Lounge for all to see.

£170 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Cocktail Making Class with Beresford Lounge

We'll create 3 of our specials with you then teach you how to make them so you can wow your own guests at home. You and your guests will also receive a 3-course meal to go with your cocktails! This experience is available for up to 3 participants at one time (an additional charge for extra participants to cover costs).

£175 or more

Medium - Giclee Fine Art Prints by Calum Stevenson

Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does.

£200 or more

Large - Giclee Fine Art Prints by Calum Stevenson

Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does.

£250 or more

0 of 994 claimed

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel - Small

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel – Giclee Fine Art Prints. Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does. The quality of a giclee print is far superior to all other forms of printing. In fact, when done correctly, it’s the closest an artist can get to matching their original artwork.

£280 or more

9 of 495 claimed

Silver Founding Member

Silver Founding Members are at the forefront of our cause – people of resilience and courage who are determined to bring Beresford Lounge to Glasgow! As thanks for your commitment, you will receive a VIP item free-of-charge from our menu every month, and your name will be permanently emblazoned on our Silver Founding Members Plaque, which we will display proudly inside the Beresford Lounge for all to see.

£300 or more

5 of 994 claimed

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel - Medium

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel – Giclee Fine Art Prints. Giclee is a fine art print made with an inkjet printer. Pronounced, zhee’clay, the word comes from the French, meaning to spray, which is exactly what an inkjet printer does. The quality of a giclee print is far superior to all other forms of printing. In fact, when done correctly, it’s the closest an artist can get to matching their original artwork.

£499 or more

0 of 250 claimed

80x60cm - Canvas Prints by Calum Stevenson

Printed on to the highest quality canvas, carefully varnished and stretched – each print will be signed, numbered, and will also come with a certificate of authenticity.

£560 or more

15 of 495 claimed

Gold Founding Member

Gold Founding Members are veritable champions of this project, going above and beyond to make the dream of Beresford Lounge a reality in Glasgow. As thanks for your commitment, you will receive a VIP item free-of-charge from our menu every month, free valet parking, and your name will be permanently emblazoned on our Gold Founding Members Plaque, which will be displayed proudly inside the Beresford Lounge for all to see.

£599 or more

100x75cm - Canvas Prints by Calum Stevenson

Printed on to the highest quality canvas, carefully varnished and stretched – each print will be signed, numbered and will also come with a certificate of authenticity.

£2,000 or more

6 of 150 claimed

Diamond Founding Membership

Diamond Founding Members are the crusaders who will stop at nothing to bring the dream of Beresford Lounge to Glasgow and its community. Their dedication knows no limit and, as such, they will forever be honoured by us and held in inestimable prestige. Our free chauffeur service, celebrity treatment, and a self-or-family portrait painted by a local artist are just the tiniest of gestures of our thanks for their help.

£2,500 or more

0 of 75 claimed

The Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel

Large Limited Edition. Printed onto the highest quality canvas, carefully hand varnished by the artist and then stretched – each print will be signed, numbered, and will also come with a certificate of authenticity.

£3,250 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Spirit Of Glasgow by Catherine Abel – LE Gold Leaf

What makes this edition truly unique is the addition of 23kt gold leaf meticulously applied to the print by the artist, in the same way as on the original work. Each print is printed on the highest quality canvas using archival inks and signed, numbered and sealed by the artist. Comes with a signature of authenticity.

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