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The Arches in Glasgow is renowned as one of Europe's foremost cultural and multi-functional venues in Europe, playing host to a dynamic and unconventional exhibition spaces, a theatre, nightclub, recording studios and rehearsal spaces. Run by the Arches Ltd, the company's mission is to produce works of art as well as showcasing performances and exhibits by professional artists and performers.
The Arches principle objective is to be Britain's leading centre of artistic experimentation and innovation. Simultaneously, it aims to be accessible to people of all ages and various backgrounds. This popular arts centre and venue draws in crowds of more than 200,000 people annually and has served Glasgow and the West of Scotland since 1991.
The Arches stages events and exhibitions covering a large proportion of the artistic spectrum, including theatre productions, both in-house with The Arches Theatre Company and external touring theatre companies, live music concerts and gigs, club and DJ nights at the adjoining Midland Street nightclub, visual art exhibitions, Glasgow Festivals, classes, corporate events and workshops. This venue also aims to set an example for other arts venues around the country, where artistic ingenuity and experimentation, education and training works alongside with a commercial enterprise based in a dynamically creative and highly inspirational environment.
The Arches is largely a self-financing venue and receives 15 per cent funding from the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council. The building, situated in the 'Heilanman's Umbrella' beneath Glasgow Central Station, is home to a plethora of flexible performance spaces designed for theatre and live music events, temporary spaces tailored for touring art exhibitions, both of which are located on the main performance floor. The lower basement includes dressing rooms, technical storage, design and production offices and props rooms. Its old Midland Street entrance is maintained for its late nightclub, larger live music gigs and DJ nights. Some of the UK's top DJs regularly perform at The Glasgow Arches including Judge Jules, Carl Cox, Trevor Nelson and Fat Boy Slim amongst others.
The venue has the capacity to showcase a festival style programme on a regular basis, whereby events and performances are staged throughout the building simultaneously. A range of festivals in Glasgow have featured some of their cutting edge and innovative performances and exhibits at the Arches, including New Territories National Review of Live Art, Instal, Glasgay, Celtic Connections and the resident Arches Live Festival. The Arches is also one of Glasgow's trendiest venues to meet, eat and drink. The Café Bar at the Argyle Street entrance offers a sumptuous food and drinks menu to tantalise those taste buds.
Now approaching 15 years as one of Glasgow's cutting edge venues, the Arches continues to explore ways of introducing new audiences into the world of contemporary visual arts and theatre. It is fulfilling its criteria in attracting younger people who do not normally visit art venues and galleries and is also proud to offer an eclectic and more dynamic clubbing experience than other top nightclubs in Glasgow.