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CCA Glasgow celebrates its 25th year with multiple awards and all-time record admissions

Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts has again reached an all-time record attendance, with 343,397 annual admissions in 2017-18, as the increasingly popular hub for the arts celebrated its 25th anniversary with a multi award-winning year.  

CCA won the Best Cultural Venue award at the Glasgow Awards in 2017 for the third year running; the Arts & Culture Award at The Herald Inspiring City Awards and Unique Venue of the Year at the Scottish Event Awards. The centre also received a commendation for Best Performing Arts Venue at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards, was shortlisted at the Glasgow Business Awards and, for the second year running, nominated in the Venue of the Year category at The Icon Awards. CCA’s Head of Operations, Ailza Nazir, was also shortlisted for Creative Industries Leader of the Year (Scottish Women’s Awards) and Venue Manager of the Year (Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards). 

24,841 people – the highest annual gallery attendance in recent years - attended exhibitions with work by Black Audio Film Collective, Laura Oldfield Ford, Clara Ianni, Dora Mejía, Carol Rhodes, Rob Churm, The Book Lovers, Beatrice Catanzaro, Curandi Katz, Sean Dockray & Benjamin Forster, Emily Jacir, My Bookcase, OOMK, Publication Studio Glasgow, The Serving Library, Temporary Services, Nick Thurston, Sahej Rahal, Sarah Rose, Susannah Stark, Hanna Tuulikki, and Rehana Zaman. CCA’s Intermedia Gallery and Creative Lab are in use throughout the year, with a wide range of local and international artists developing, presenting and discussing work in these spaces.  

CCA is a hub for the arts and its open source approach to programming welcomed 266 partners this year across 1,159 events and 28 festivals. This approach to programming, whereby CCA supports organisations and individuals to present a programme, allows events to take place which may not otherwise happen without CCA. Festivals including GLITCH, Counterflows, Glasgow Zine Fest, Glasgow Comic Con, Scalarama, Rumman Festival, Take One Action, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow Americana, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Document Human Rights Film Festival, Sonica, Havana Glasgow Film Festival, GIOfest, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Aye Write, and Free Pride all brought events to the venue. CCA’s vast programme encourages a wide audience to experience the arts, with 52,134 admissions to events in 2017-18.  

2,726 people participated in 58 activities in CCA’s public engagement programme in 2017-18. This year, there were also two public engagement commissions - Twinned Drinks, which created a new community drink, with Bottle of Ginger, Bridgeton and Kathrin Böhm of Company Drinks, and Jonas Staal’s The Scottish-European Parliament which includes an exhibition at CCA this summer. Throughout the year, events and workshops were held in CCA and across the city in collaboration with a range of organisations and communities including Küche, Woodlands Community Development Trust, Studio Pop, Open Jar Collective, Kinning Park Complex, Slow Food Youth Network Scotland, The Govan Community Project Women’s Group, Milk Café and GoMA.  

Director Francis McKee said: “I'd like to extend my thanks to all programme partners, cultural tenants, audience members, artists, staff and supporters of CCA, as well as to our core funders – Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. We share our venue, awards and achievements with everyone who participates in, presents and supports our programme.”

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