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Doors Open Day

It’s that time of year again when cities across Scotland open their doors and offer free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings. This is a fantastic opportunity to take a peek at some of Scotland finest arts and culture buildings, or talk to artists directly about their work and find out what inspires them.

Trongate 103 (19 – 20 September)

Why not visit Trongate 103, a fantastic new arts centre that has just opened up in the Merchant City of Glasgow. This spectacular building is housed over six stories in a B listed Edwardian former warehouse.

Occupying almost the entire street block between King Street, Parnie Street, New Wynd and Trongate it is home to eight of Glasgow’s arts and Culture organisations: GMAC, Glasgow Print Studio, Project Ability, Sharmanka, Russian Cultural Centre/ Cafe Cossachok, Street Level Photoworks, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow Independent Studios and Project Room.

Supported through the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund the refurbishment and new additions to the building have been designed by Glasgow based architects, Elder and Canon. For further information visit the Trongate 103 website.

Scottish Ballet (19 – 20 September)

Scottish Ballet will also open the doors to their new home at Tramway on the South Side of Glasgow.  Designed by award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects (also architect of Dance base in Edinburgh) this fabulous new building replaces a derelict area adjacent to the Tramway building.

Built on three levels spaces, the headquarters includes one of the largest dance rehearsal spaces in the UK. As well as a music reprographics area, music and digital video editing suites there is also a music practice studio and an independent professional dance and education centre. 

Scottish Ballet's new £11m building has been delivered in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the Scottish Government and £3,825,000 of Scottish Arts Council (National Lottery Fund).  For further information please visit the Scottish Ballet website.

WASPS (3 – 4 October )

Wasps Artists' Open Studios Weekend takes place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October. Now established as one of Scotland's largest annual celebrations of visual art, it is the only time of year when hundreds of artists' studios across Scotland open their doors.

Around 200 artists at 11 buildings in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Irvine, Paisley, Selkirk, Newburgh in Fife and Nairn will take part this year and showcase a huge variety of art, from painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and photography to digital media, jewellery, glass, installation and sculpture. For further information visit Wasps Artists' Studios Website.

For more information: www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays

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