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From ground-breaking theatre to huge name DJs and hot new bands, The Arches in Glasgow breaks down any traditional notions of what an arts venue should be.
In 1991, former Arches Artistic Director Andy Arnold realised the potential of the cavernous space underneath Glasgow’s Central Station and received the keys to the space from British Rail. Twenty years on, the Arches has become one of Europe’s leading cultural venues, playing host to some of Britain’s biggest club nights and an eclectic range of gigs, as well as exciting new theatre and visual art exhibitions. People often drop in for lunch or a drink in the café bar and end up staying for the rest of the evening – catching a band, taking in some experimental theatre, or meeting up with friends before heading to the dance floor.
The Arches is unique amongst both Scotland’s bars and clubs and the country’s arts venues because of the unique way our programme is funded. We’re a not-for-profit organisation: our clubbing, bar, café, live music and corporate hospitality revenue is reinvested in our arts programme (constituting 88% of our funding) – allowing us to carry on producing intelligent, ground-breaking productions and offering emergent artists a supportive platform for risk-taking. We like to think that we make the arts accessible to new, younger audiences, but we never dumb down to patronise them.
The Arches patrons are Carl Cox and Liz Lochhead. Although theirs are not necessarily names that fit together, Cox and Lochhead were chosen because they represent the diversity of the Arches’ programming. Andy Arnold founded the venue as a theatre space in 1991, and discovered that putting on club nights was an excellent way to help support his artistic programme. This practice continues to this day; clubbing revenue generating income for the theatre, visual art and live music programme in the building.
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Angels Among Us
Written and directed by Lawrence Crawford Angels Among Us follows the Angels of Glasgow and the effect they have on the city, presented by the Arches Actors Symposium.
The Arches Community Choir
Weekly meetings of the 35-strong community choir who are known for tackling some rather unorthodox choral choices, from tunes by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to club anthems.
The first person to retain the UK Beatbox Champion title for two years in a row embarks on his Beardytron Beta tour.
City of Stars Launch
Glasgow launch of the City of Stars festival, a two-day arts festival and conference in Malawi. Scottish Album of the Year nominee Auntie Flo headlines this launch party with his Afrobeat-infused electronica, plus performances by Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona and Edinburgh Afro-tinged indie combo Bwani Junction, plus Malawian…
Claudia Nova: Axis Mundi
Debut solo exhibition by Glasgow artist exploring the concept of the 'sky pillar', by which the heavens supposedly communicated with the earth.
Crossing the Lines
The Arches and Playwrights' Studio present a new night of text-based theatre performance.
East London ensemble updating the folk music of the Basque region on synthesizers. As awkward a blend as it sounds.
Daniel Kitson: After The Beginning. Before The End
Offbeat humour and inventive storytelling from the multi-award winning stand-up.
Mon 17 Jun
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Humorous rapper from Detroit.
Incorrigible Atlanta punks return with their fifth album Monomania.
Ex-frontman of punk stalwarts the Stranglers plays a mix of material from his solo and band career.
Ten short physical theatre pieces from students at Adam Smith.
LA band, described as a cross between Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes, who all live together, Monkees-style.
A Night of Dangerous Theatre
A range of artists who hope to implement 'dangerous ideas' in Scottish education, and including those working in criminal justice and engaging people with disabilities, present this night of provocative performances that aim to inspire debate. Booking recommended. Part of Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
On the Verge
Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform devised pieces, new writing and solo works based on everything from classic texts to their own experiences of modern life.
Indie rock trio from Glasgow.
The Anthrax guitarist embarks on a solo spoken word tour, promising 'an evening of ridiculous truth'.
Join well-known and up-and-coming performers as they get ten minutes each to try out new ideas in front of an audience and seek feedback. The theme for the next session is determined at each event.
Trampled By Turtles
Country-punk outfit from Duluth, Minnesota.
Reviews & features
The Arches: 21 defining moments18 Oct 2012
The cutting edge venue turns 21 this year - here are some of the stand-out moments in its history
1. Cafe Loco October 1991 First set up as an experiment by Arches founder Andy Arnold to bring theatre to clubbers, Cafe Loco showcased numerous emerging and experimental performers including early sightings of performance company Mischief La…
Underneath The Arches8 Jan 2009
Glasgow’s Arches, as anyone who’s worked there will tell you, is the sort of place that doesn’t so much defy your expectations as consistently confound them. Audiences might marvel at the sort of building that can stage a theatre show, art exhibition…
The Arches1 Oct 2008
From underground electro to avant garde theatre, the Arches offers a creative haven for every taste. David Pollock explains the appeal of this cavernous venue.
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