- Box office 0141 565 1000
- Opening times Opening times vary, see individual exhibitions for details.
- Website www.thearches.co.uk
If you're wondering where the edgy, arty hipsters of the city spend their time, you'll likely find them here. A cavernous underground mish mash of bars and stages, the Arches offers a renowned theatre programme, including its own cutting-edge festivals (Behaviour, Arches LIVE, and Conflux), plus larger-scale indie shows, a variety of club nights and DJ sets and a host of events somewhere in between.
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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The Sheffield-based four-piece plays instrumental post-rock.
The Arches host a discussion with artists featured in the Behaviour programme talking about their practice and the experiences that have shaped their work.
The Seattle-based three-piece, formerly known as We Are Augustines, performs a mix of guitar-led indie-rock and alternative rock to promote its self-titled album.
Auteurs Scratch Night
This collaboration between The Arches and National Theatre Scotland sees five of Scotland's brightest performers present a ten minute idea before moving to the bar for feedback and discussion with the audience.
Ban This Filth!
Bissett plays 'himself' telling stories from his own life, and Andrea Dworkin, one of the most controversial women in history, who has a few things to say to him.
The Arches continues its quest to support innovative live performance with five weeks of events representing the forefront of arts practice from the most exciting international artists and their Scottish counterparts.
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New play adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick from work by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. The three hour performance juxtaposes theatre, cinematic projection, formation dance interludes and music from Glasgow rock group Smack Wizards.
The closing night of Behaviour Festival presents a showcase of performance art, live music and an anything goes attitude designed to celebrate both the fifth Behaviour festival and the Arches as a whole.
De La Soul
The legendary fathers of conscious hip hop celebrating the 25th birthday of their classic album 3 Feet High and Rising.
A work in progress collaboration between Arches artist-in-residence Adrian Howells, Konstantin Bock, Aldo Palstra and Lucy Gaizey. FAG is an exploration of age, sexuality, activism and family.
Indie power pop trio from Kilmarnock.
The Forbidden Experiment
Enormous Yes present a piece exploring language deprivation and the forbidden acts that took place on the island of Inverleith by both King James IV of Scotland in 1493 and the British Army during WWII.
Future Reflexions Exhibition
A showcase of photographic and video art exploring the images, stereotypes and visions of Africa today.
This is an opportunity to get advice on careers, colleges, universities, finance and health issues. Ages 16–25.
Glasgow's Whisky Festival
Glasgow's festival of the national tipple is especially interested in distillers and bottlers from in and around Glasgow itself, but they welcome all, big or small.
- Directed by: Jennifer Bakst
- Written by: Milo Rau
German theatre company International Institute of Political Murder recreate an aggressive radio broadcast inciting violence that took place during the Rwandan genocide. The audience experience the piece through radio headsets accompanied by video projections of victims' stories collected by the company. The performance at…
The Swedish DJ pairing of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt perform dance music with electro and pop influences.
Job Seekers Anonymous
Sh!t Theatre's unique and humorous exploration of the (un)employment situation in the UK today is part cabaret theatre, part sketch show. Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit examine their own experience of being on the dole and the political situation that surrounds it. With parts of the shows rewritten in response to…
The 2010 X-Factor winner plays pop rock sounds.
La Merda (The Shit)
Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Stage Award for Best Actress for Silvia Gallerano, La Merda presents an electrifying exploration of feminism and the culture of sexism told by a 'young', 'ugly' and literally naked woman.
PMR Records showcase their finest talent in R&B-tinged house with Cyril Hahn, Lone, T Williams and Javeon.
Sam Halmarack and The Miserablites
Interactive pop concert with songs and stories offering a unique take on what it means to be redeemed by music.
Thu 3 Apr
Fri 4 Apr
American rapper and member of hip hop group Black Hippy.
Scottish Ensemble: Seavaigers
Sally Beamish's Seavaigers, performed with ace Scottish/classical/improvisation fusion-meisters Catriona McKay (clarsach) and Chris Stout (fiddle).
Michael Gira's influential no wave band return with their harsh mix of proto-industrial rock and atmospheric acoustica.
The Wee Man's Rap Battle Showdown
Are you bored with hip hop scene bores moaning on about their fast cars and beautiful women? The Wee Man aims to solve all this by bringing a Scottish slant to the genre and pitting the country's best comedians against its best rappers. Game on.
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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