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WHERE IS IT? Set in the arches of the old railway, the entrance is located on Argyle Street under Heilmann's Umbrella.

Located in the brick arches of a viaduct beneath Glasgow Central Station, the cavernous empty space was purchased from British Rail by Andy Arnold.

Andy Arnold became the artistic director of the entity he created, known as The Arches. Rather than becoming a strictly art space, the Arches evolved in the 1990s to take advantage of the healthy Glasgow nightlife, with a bar, club and restaurant whose profits fund the variety of artistic events the not-for-profit hosts, be it films, experimental theatre or interactive experiences such as the recent Alien Wars. Patroned by Scottish dramatist and poet Liz Lochhead, alongside larger-than-life London DJ Carl Cox, it is unique in Glasgow for its diversity and known for its passion in discovering emerging artists.


In 2015 Glasgow City Council made the controversial decision not to renew the Arches license. Without those funds, the institution was unable to fucntion, and went bankrupt shortly thereafter.