Countdown to Trongate 103

14 Apr 2009

Eight of Scotland's most diverse and vibrant arts organisations will begin their move this summer to Glasgow's new centre for the arts and creativity, Trongate 103.

Funded by Glasgow City Council, The National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise and The Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative, Trongate 103 will open to the public in September 2009 - offering opportunities for the public to participate in, view and buy a wide variety of art.

Trongate 103 will be a landmark in the story of Glasgow's cultural development - as well as a unique home for some of Scotland's best known artists and creators, including Glasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photoworks, Transmission, Glasgow Centre for Media Access, the Russian Cultural Centre, Glasgow Independent Studios, Sharmanka and Project Ability. The project has been driven forward through the collaborative efforts of these organisations in partnership with Culture and Sport Glasgow, who have led on the creation of a joint vision for the project from its earliest stages, and the supporting design, access and audience development plans that support this vision.

Trongate 103 sees the development of an existing six-storey Edwardian warehouse into a creative hub for the production and exhibition of contemporary visual art.  It will house galleries, workshops, artists' studios and production spaces supporting the creation of art in a wide variety of media including printmaking, photography, digital media, film, video, kinetic sculpture, painting and ceramics.

There is no other facility like this in the UK - and few others in the world - in terms of supporting such a broad range of practice.

At the same time as supporting the careers of professional artists, the building will offer opportunities to members of the public to see, make and learn about art in an environment that values the creativity of all.  Trongate 103 will offer classes and training courses for members of the public, curriculum based education programmes for schools, and tailored outreach projects for youth and community groups.

Councillor George Ryan, Executive Member for Development and Regeneration at Glasgow City Council, said: "Trongate 103 is a unique project that will play a key role in ensuring Glasgow maintains its position as a global player in contemporary art and continues the regeneration of the Merchant City.  One of the many factors that make this a building unlike any other is the sheer diversity of experience and opportunity on offer to a huge number of people, from artists to school and youth groups, and from community organisations to individuals with an interest in art.  While we are seeing the development of an 'artist's quarter' from Trongate 103 down to The Briggait, it should be remembered that all of the arts organisations involved were already located nearby and had played their own part in the regeneration of this part of the city."

Malcolm Dickson, chair of the Trongate 103 Tenants' Forum, said: "The opening of Trongate 103 represents a truly exciting milestone for eight arts organisations, some of whom been based in the area for over 20 years. The building has evolved with their needs in mind, coming as it does from the grassroots. These organisations are an integral part of Scotland's cultural scene and they serve a wide range of people.  Over the years so many budding and established artists, filmmakers, musicians, creators and members of the public have passed through our doors and we have all seen the positive effects of those encounters. The potential for us all to develop as unique individual arts organisations and to work together collectively as part of Trongate 103 is both innovative and challenging."

Jim Tough, Chief Executive of the Scottish Arts Council, said: 'Investing in the spaces that artists need to create work is vital for the health and growth of our creative community. The Trongate 103 project is significant commitment to the future of our artists and arts organisations, ensuring they have the right environment to create, to collaborate and to nourish the ambition and excellence that Scotland is recognised for across the world. The project has been characterised by the positive partnerships that surround it and we congratulate Glasgow City Council for its commitment to ensuring that the artists and arts organisations remain at the heart of the vision for Trongate 103.'

A special stand will be present at the Glasgow Art Fair (April 23 - 26) which shows the Trongate 103 project and highlights work from each of its tenant organisations.

  • The exterior of Trongate 103

Trongate 103
  • Trongate 103