Student Venues: Multi-arts Spaces

Our guide to those venues that manage to be all things to all people – the multi-arts marvels

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 13 Sep 2018

The Art School
20 Scott St, Glasgow
A certified staple on Glasgow’s student clubbing scene, the Art School Union is not your run-of-the-mill union. It has re-established itself as a cultural and clubbing powerhouse in the heart of Glasgow – gigs, clubs, films, food, art and much more await inside.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
A multi-functioning, all-action venue, CCA puts on quite the magnificent spread of contemporary film, music, performance and art. It houses the Aye-Aye bookshop, provides studio and gallery space for artists and offices for a plethora of 'cultural tenants', and hosts a programme of exhibitions, gigs, film nights... you name it, you'll find it at CCA.

Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate, Dundee
What's got a two-screen cinema, professional printmaking kit and features heaps of high profile exhibitions? DCA, that's what. A key hub for Dundee’s artist community, DCA also has its very own café-bar and a gift shop, making it a pleasant place to spend a couple of hours browsing and people watching.

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

The Glad Cafe
1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow
A day-to-night venue where you’ll find locally roasted coffee and treats when the sun is out and indie/electronic music by the moon, with some art, poetry and film thrown in along the way. It’s a creative and cultural magnet in the south of the city; the Southside's pride and joy.

Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall St, Glasgow
A bustling community space run by a voluntary committee of artists, musicians and activists, this three storey sandstone building on the Southside has no end of potential. If you have an idea you want to bring to fruition, KPC would be a good place to start.

Out Of The Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh
Yep, we’re talking about an actual Drill Hall here. Funnily enough, it’s pretty well suited to its new purpose – a bustling hub of artistic creativity, with exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, flea markets and vintage fairs.

The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow
Located just inside the Easterhouse suburbs, Platform forms one part of The Bridge complex, an overarching name for four facilities (John Wheatley College, Glasgow Life’s library and a swimming pool). Platform’s size and approach to events and exhibitions means it's the host of a number of unique mini-festivals and multi-disciplinary arts takeovers.

1 Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh
A hub for the Edinburgh art scene, this is the place to be if you're a creative type (and we aren't just saying that because we work here). You'll find club nights, art exhibitions, gigs, theatre, an onsite brewery and gin distillery, a bar and courtyard, an escape room, rehearsal space, and even select members of The Skinny staff gossiping after a long day in the office.

25 Albert Dr, Glasgow
Few spots are rooted more deeply in Glaswegian history than Tramway. Over the years it's spent its days as a tram depot and a transport museum, before reincarnating into a performance and exhibition space. Tramway 1’s forte is performance-based events, and Tramway 2 is the primary gallery space.

Tramway, Glasgow