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.
The building work was completed in July 2009.
The building opened to the public in September 2009.