The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is an arts centre in Glasgow, Scotland. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance. The Centre works with artists, commissions new projects and presents them to the widest possible audience.Make Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) a centerpiece of your Glasgow vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Glasgow trip itinerary builder tool.
CCA is situated on Sauchiehall Street and houses a number of cultural tenants, including Saramago Cafe Bar, and also has a flat for visiting artists.
The building was previously home to the Third Eye Centre (1975–1991), founded as a multi-media arts centre by Tom McGrath in 1974. CCA operates an open source programming policy, where organisations and individuals are offered space in the building to programme their own events. In 2015 to 2016, CCA worked with 244 programme partners across 1,011 events and 28 festivals.
CCA curates six major exhibitions a year, presenting national and international contemporary artists in the gallery space. The building is also home to Intermedia Gallery, showcasing emerging artists. CCA offers a programme of artist residencies in the Creative Lab and internationally.
In 2015, CCA launched a public engagement programme which aims to extend access to CCA and has the prospect of cultural and social change explored through art. In 2015 to 2016, 60 activities took place in CCA and in communities throughout Glasgow.
CCA is home to a number of other cultural and artistic organisations. Cultural tenants include BHP Comics; Camcorder Guerillas; Cryptic; Document; Electron Club; MAP Magazine; LUX Scotland; Paragon; Playwrights’ Studio Scotland; Scottish Ensemble; Scottish Writers’ Centre; The List; Tom McGrath Writers' Room; University of the West of Scotland and Voice Business.
The building includes Saramago Café Bar and independent shops Aye-Aye Books and Welcome Home.
CCA is housed in the Grecian Chambers, a category A listed building, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in 1867 to 1868 and substantially renovated for its present use by Page & Park in 1998.
CCA is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
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I see they've changed the toilets to gender neutral. ie. mixed sex and there are no longer any toilets that females who want to use female-only toilets can use. CCA has lost my custom. more »
I have always loved this venue but on visiting recently noticed that they had put signs up on the toilets. The former ladies are now gender neutral toilets with cubicles’ next door to the former... more »
Had a great experience with the exhibition "let the music play on and on...". The staff member Emma challenged and encouraged thought about the exhibition which was appriciated! The bar was well stocked and extremely pleasant food options in a great conservatory like environment in the middle of the city. The shop has a great selection of Art editorials and collections.
I came here when not much was going on to my disappointment. Better study their program before coming. Nevertheless there were two permanent exhibitions which are free to enter. Friendly people inside and lots of projects happening. Have coffee place and nice little bookshop inside with weird and artistic merchandise and books.
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