Trongate 103

  • Interior detail of one of the gallery spaces in Trongate 103
  • The Trongate
  • The Trongate

Lead Partner: Glasgow City Council and Culture and Sport Glasgow

Other Partners: Funders: Scottish Arts Council; Scottish Enterprise; Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative. Arts partners: Glasgow Print Studio; Glasgow Media Access Centre; Street Level Photoworks; Sharmanka; Project Ability; Transmission Gallery; Glasgow Independent Studios; The Russian Cultural Centre.

Project Team: The architects are Elder and Cannon.

Project History
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  • The Trongate
  • The Trongate


Glasgow City Centre, Merchant City


Glasgow City Council, in partnership with nine Merchant City-based visual arts organisations, is leading the development of a major visual arts resource for the city - Trongate 103. The project recognises the importance of the city's independent visual art sector and aims to provide a secure base for the development of the visual arts in Glasgow, its artists and its audiences.

Trongate 103 provides a creative hub, acting as a dynamic focus on contemporary visual art. It is capable of supporting world-class artists and enabling them to sustain and develop their careers. At the same time, the building offers opportunities to the wider community to participate in the visual arts in an environment that values the creativity of all people.

The development houses 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.

Trongate 103 offers a wide range of opportunities for professional artists and non-artists alike. It is a place to see, learn, make, talk about and explore art. It will provide professional creative and skills development for artists; classes and training courses for members of the public; curriculum-based education programmes for schools, and tailored outreach projects for youth and community groups.

Current status:

The building work was completed in July 2009.


The building opened to the public in September 2009.


£8.5 million