Situated in the heart of Glasgow beneath Central Station, The Arches is an arts receiving and arts production house and its fundamental aim is to showcase a programme of arts events that mirrors the cultural aspirations of the local community. The Arches aims to reflect the city's cosmopolitan aspirations as well as establishing new international links and generating new types of cultural activity.

Established in 1991, The Arches is a registered charity and non-profit organisation and is still managed by founding Artistic Director, Andy Arnold. The arches Theatre is at the core of the organisation, proudly promoting its own Arches Theatre Company to the international theatre circuit. The Arches is also one of Glasgow's leading venues for live concerts, late nightclubs, exhibitions and a plethora of other arts events and performances.

The building features temporary exhibition spaces on the main floor and work shop, a sound recording studio and rehearsal spaces for bands and DJs on the lower floor. Dressing Room facilities, technical and equipment storage areas, design and production offices and prop rooms are also situated in the lower floor for performers. A late nightclub featuring DJs and live music is located at the Midland Street entrance, accessible from Jamaica Street.

A host of events take place throughout the building simultaneously and throughout the day, enabling the venue to a run a festival style programme on a regular basis. Arches Festivals include The National Review of Live Art, Instal, Celtic Connections, Arches Festivals Theatre and Arches Live.

The Arches has now transformed into a fully accessible venue for people to socialise, dine and visit arts events and theatrical performances following an extensive refurbishment programme. For further information about events at the Arches, please see our list of live music and theatrical performances below for October and November 2005.
Local Theatres
Citizens Theatre
119 Gorbals St
Tel: 0141 429 0022

Kings Theatre
297 Bath St
Tel: 0141 240 1111

Òrán Mór
731 - 735 Great Western Road
Tel: 0141 357 6200

Pavilion Theatre
121 Renfield St
Tel: 0141-332 1846

Theatre Royal

282 Hope St
Tel: 0141 240 1133

The Arches
253 Argyle Street
Box Office: 0870 240 7528

The Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall St
Tel: 0141 353 8000

Tramway
25 Albert Dr
Tel: 0141 276 0950
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