Trongate art centre is a first

Originally published in Evening Times, 11/9/2009

ART lovers will this weekend get a chance to visit Glasgow's newest cultural centre - the first of its kind in Britain.

Trongate 103, brings together a wide range of artists and art organisations under one roof .

The GBP8.5million centre has been funded by the city council, the National Lottery, Scottish Enterprise and The Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Tenants include Glasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photoworks, Transmission, Glasgow Centre for Media Access, the Russian Cultural Centre, Glasgow Independent Studio and Project Room, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre and Project Ability.

It is believed there is only one other centre in the world which brings together so many arts organisations.

Trongate 103 is based in a six-storey warehouse in King Street which has been transformed to house galleries, workshops, artists' studios and video and digital production spaces .

It also offers arts training for the public, schools and youth and community groups.

George Ryan, the city council's executive member for business and the economy, said: " This unique building will support our globallyrenowned contemporary artists and marks another stage in the Merchant City's regeneration."

Malcolm Dickson, chairman of the Trongate 103 tenants' forum, added: "It is so exciting to see the building opening to the public - we have all worked very hard to get to this point.

"We can now watch the building coming alive with artists, staff and visitors from all sorts of backgrounds."