Centre for Contemporary Arts

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The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is Glasgow's hub for the arts. The year-round programme includes cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance. At the heart of all activities is the desire to work with artists, commission new projects and present them to the widest possible audience. CCA is situated on Sauchiehall Street, in Glasgow, Scotland, and houses a number of cultural tenants,[1][2] including Saramago Cafe Bar,[3] and also has a flat for visiting artists.

Previously home to the Third Eye Centre (1975-1991), founded as a multi-media arts centre by Tom McGrath in 1974,[4] the building is steeped in history and the organisation has played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades. CCA operates a unique open source programming policy, where organisations and individuals are offered space in the building to programme their own events. In 2015-16, 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. Entrance to all exhibitions and many events is free. CCA is committed to supporting the development of new work and offer a programme of artist residencies in the Creative Lab and internationally. CCA is also proud to support the Paying Artists campaign.

In 2015, CCA launched a public engagement programme which aims to extend access to CCA and has – at its heart – the prospect of cultural and social change explored through art. In 2015-16, 60 activities took place in CCA and in communities throughout Glasgow, reaching 2,238 participants.

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.

Saramago Café Bar offers a relaxed environment and a great menu during the day as well as lively place to hang out in the evenings. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building. Independent shops Aye-Aye Books and Welcome Home are located in the entrance area, offering a wide range of publications, craft and design to take home.

CCA is housed in the Grecian Chambers, a category A listed building, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in 1867-1868 and substantially renovated for its present use by Page & Park in 1998.[5]

CCA is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.[6]


  1. ^ Bruce, Keith (2009-07-10). "Planting seeds of change to push doors wide open". The Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  2. ^ Glasgow, CCA. "Cultural Tenants | About CCA | CCA". cca-glasgow.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  3. ^ Glasgow, CCA. "Saramago Café Bar | Saramago Café | CCA". cca-glasgow.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Tom McGrath". The Herald. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  5. ^ "DSA Building/Design Report: Grecian Buildings". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  6. ^ Glasgow, CCA. "Supporters | About CCA | CCA". cca-glasgow.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 

External links

  • Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • "Art and Soul of the Machine", The Scotsman
  • "Face to Face: Francis McKee, director of Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow", The Herald
  • "Archive memories mark 40 years of Third Eye Centre", The Herald
  • "CCA at 40: a look back at the arts base that opened as the Third Eye Centre", Evening Times
  • "The Third Eye Centre evolves into the CCA", Evening Times
  • "CCA opens its doors to reach around the world", Evening Times
  • "CCA reaches out to the community", Evening Times

Coordinates: 55°51′57″N 4°15′54″W / 55.865864°N 4.264997°W / 55.865864; -4.264997

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