The Arches

The Arches
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

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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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Event times

There are 22 events at this location

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27 - Peter McMaster

A physical dance production looking at life and death.

Sat 25 Apr

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

Sun 26 Apr

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

Amy Sharrocks: Museum Of Water

A collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories.

Fri 17 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Sat 18 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

…and 2 more dates until 21 Apr

Behaviour

The Arches continues its quest to support innovative live performance with six weeks of events representing the forefront of arts practice from the most exciting international artists and their Scottish counterparts.

Wed 8 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £60 Festival Pass (£53) / 0141 565 1000

Thu 9 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £60 Festival Pass (£53) / 0141 565 1000

Fri 10 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £60 Festival Pass (£53) / 0141 565 1000

…and 37 more dates until 17 May

Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl: Anonymous P

Theatrical experiment exploring our connected world.

Wed 6 May

£15 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Thu 7 May

£15 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Christeene: The Christeene Machine

  • 4 stars

A gender-blending booty-pounding queer musical.

Fri 8 May

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

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Colours: Last Night on Earth

House and progressive night featuring Sasha, Henry Saiz (DJ set) and Kate Simko.

Sat 23 May

Dark Behaviour

The closing night of Behaviour Festival presents a showcase of performance art, live music and an anything goes attitude designed to celebrate both the sixth Behaviour festival and the Arches as a whole.

Sat 9 May

£14 (£8 discount with Behaviour Festival Pass; £10 early bird) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

Early Days (Of A Better Nation)

Coney Theatre Company presents an interactive show exploring the possibilities of nationhood and democracy, drawing inspiration from the 2011 England riots, Arab Spring, Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the rise and fall of Occupy.

Tue 28 Apr

£10–£14 / 0141 565 1000

Wed 29 Apr

£10–£14 / 0141 565 1000

Gob Squad: Western Society

A portrait of 21st century society, focussing on technology in the modern home.

Wed 8 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Thu 9 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Ishbel McFarlane: O is for Hoolet

A one-woman show about Scots language.

Wed 15 Apr

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Thu 16 Apr

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Fri 17 Apr

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

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Lippy

Fourteen years ago four women made an extraordinary decision. They decided to die.

Wed 8 Apr

£8–£15 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour 2015.

Nic Green: Cock and Bull

Political scratch performance by Nic Green, with Laura Bradshaw and Rosana Cade.

Wed 6 May

£6 (£4) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

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.

Wed 3 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Thu 4 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Peace

Four-piece rock band from Birmingham with a sound akin to the Maccabees and Vampire Weekend.

Sat 26 Sep

£15 / 0141 565 1000

The Reason Why I Become A Hamster

Japanese artist Sako Kojima sits in a scaled-up hamster cage, chewing sunflower seeds and paper.

Tue 5 May

Free / 0141 565 1000

Wed 6 May

Free / 0141 565 1000

Thu 7 May

Free / 0141 565 1000

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Robin Trower

Legendary rock guitarist who made his name with Procul Harum in the 60s.

Sat 4 Apr

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

This Is How We Die

Theatre-maker Christopher Brett Bailey presents his surrealist solo piece.

Sat 9 May

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Sun 10 May

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Thomas Jack & Sam Feldt

An evening of house music with Australia's Thomas Jack and Holland's Sam Feldt.

Fri 8 May

£10–£14 / 0141 565 1000

Tim Etchells: Will Be & Fight Posters

Installation about the ambiguity of language, plus dayglo fight posters with deadpan/absurd bills: 'Men with Nothing v Women with Nothing to Lose', 'People with No Dignity v People with No Hope'.

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

Fri 10 Apr

Free / 0141 565 1000

…and 20 more dates until 30 Apr

Turn Me On, Dammit!

  • 2011
  • Norway
  • 76 min
  • Directed by: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
  • Cast: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma fantasies about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

Sat 16 May

0141 565 1000

Walk The Moon

Cincinnati band get into the indie groove.

Sat 23 May

£12 / 0141 565 1000

Yasmin Soliman: Miscellaneous

A combination of fine art nude and fashion photography, from Glasgow-based photographer.

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 0141 565 1000

Sun 29 Mar

Free / 0141 565 1000

Mon 30 Mar

Free / 0141 565 1000

Reviews & features

The Arches: 21 defining moments

18 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 Arches

8 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 Arches

1 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.

Comments & ratings

2. Catcher /The Smoking Sundays8 Oct 2008, 1:54pm4 stars The Arches Report

6 bands 6 quid cant really argue with that can you.Except sometimes a set flies past you and you cant really remember it.On to the mainstay of the Glasgow scene CATCHER.Well you cant argue that they rocked the joint and you cant argue that they have the songs.
35 Appearances at King Tuts.You wonder if they missed the boat somehow.But ironically they dont seem to care.tonight they finished with the anthem of Different City described by the singer as their entry for the Commonwealth games theme tune.Well Glasgow could do worse.Finally a racous version of white riot no doubt as a warm up for the Joe Strummer anniversary.gig in December.

The Smoking Sundays from Livingstone are young ,very young.Their set is good and their following is very vocal.If they are not the finished article yet then believe me they have plenty of time on their side and to their credit they havent embarked on the talent show, beauty contest of the miserable X factor.

1. Catcher /The Smoking Sundays6 Oct 2008, 12:16pm4 stars The Arches Report

6 bands 6 quid cant really argue with that can you.Except sometimes a set flies past you and you cant really remember it.On to the mainstay of the Glasgow scene CATCHER.Well you cant argue that they rocked the joint and you cant argue that they have the songs.
35 Appearances at King Tuts.You wonder if they missed the boat somehow.But ironically they dont seem to care.tonight they finished with the anthem of Different City described by the singer as their entry for the Commonwealth games theme tune.Well Glasgow could do worse.Finally a racous version of white riot no doubt as a warm up for the Joe Strummer anniversary.gig in December.

The Smoking Sundays from Livingstone are young ,very young.Their set is good and their following is very vocal.If they are not the finished article yet then believe me they have plenty of time on their side and to their credit they havent embarked on the talent show, beauty contest of the miserable X factor.

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