The Arches administration: what the venue did for Scotland’s arts scene
From Behaviour festival to emerging talent showcases, The Arches supported the brave and the new
Yesterday, Scotland’s arts scene suffered a major blow, as it was announced that The Arches was to go into administration.
The news was somewhat expected but entirely unwelcome, coming on the back of the licensing board’s decision to restrict club operating hours – a move which significantly impacted the organisation’s income. After weeks of speculation, our fears have finally been confirmed: the venue that celebrated ‘the brave and the new’ in the arts world will soon be no more.
The not-for-profit arts charity set out to make arts accessible to a younger audience, and since the venue opened in 1991, it has very much succeeded in that mission. The programming was renowned for being diverse, with past performances coming from the likes of the T.E.A.M, Ann Liv Young and Akhe.
Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, Gordon Kennedy, Chairman of The Arches Board of Directors said: ‘Our hope is that the administrators, working with partners and stakeholders, can salvage some of the activities for which The Arches is renowned.’ Mr Kennedy, you are not alone in that hope. Here, we take a look at some of the best events and programmes that the venue made possible, in the hopes that though we might not be able to #savethearches, not everything will be lost.
This festival of live performance was renowned for offering a platform for cutting-edge international and UK artists. Programmed over six weeks, 2015 was a future-orientated patchwork of performance, club nights and discussion, with highlights including Nic Green, Gob Squad, Dark Behaviour, David Hoyle and Christeene.
This mini-festival delivered a line-up of experimental performers, with part participants include Rob Jones, Katie Gallagher, FX Alexander and Harry Giles. Genres covered included experimental performance, narrative theatre, one-on-one experiences, live art and visual art.
With a focus on creating contemporary urban music, this youth music programme helped young people to develop their own compositions into live band performances. It featured a wide selection of genres, including hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, house, UK garage / grime, RnB, bhangra, reggaeton, drum n bass and dancehall, and actively encouraged the production of new music.
This event gave budding musicians the chance to perform in front of leading industry experts, whilst giving budding young stars valuable insight as to how to break into the music business (read: not appearing on the X Factor).
Billed as a ‘new breed of open mic night’, this event showcased live music, spoken word and performance of all stripes.