The legacy of The Arches is to be kept alive in the form of a new festival of experimental art, with £90,000 of funding from Creative Scotland.

to carry on the legacy of a major Scottish arts venue which shut amid controversy last year, has been backed by nearly £100,000 in arts funds.

The club venue, also famed for its arts-oriented programming, shut in 2015 following Glasgow council cutting back its licensed hours amid Police Scotland concerns over drug use on the premises.

But now a festival of “contemporary experimental performance”, ‘Take Me Somewhere’, has been funded to the tune of £99,000 by Creative Scotland. Taking place in various venues across Glasgow in 2017, it’s viewed as being “in the spirit” of Arches events of yore.

The award has been made to Jackie Wylie, former Artistic Director of The Arches, who will be in charge of ‘Take Me Somewhere’.
She said: “This support from the Open Fund will allow us to pilot a new way of working across venues in Glasgow and beyond and we’re delighted to have such fantastic collaborative support from Scotland’s cultural organisations.

“We hope that this introductory programme in 2017 will develop in the future into a focal point for our incredible contemporary performance community and we can’t wait to share this first outing with Glasgow’s audiences next year.”