Glasgow Connected Arts Network
The cultural hub for the advancement of Participatory Arts in the City

What we do

Glasgow Connected Arts Network CiC (Glasgow CAN) is the cultural hub for the advancement of Participatory Arts in the City.

Glasgow CAN CiC is invested in encouraging and maintaining public engagement, awareness and understanding of Participatory Arts in Glasgow. We facilitate skills and resource sharing, and the exchange of ideas, offering our Members and the wider community access to invaluable training, partnership and networking opportunities.


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Our members

Our membership consists of over 400 individual Creative Practitioners and Arts Organisations working in the Participatory Arts sector in Glasgow.

Our members improve community cohesion, break down barriers to access and instill positive social change through providing or programming Participatory Arts activities to communities in greater Glasgow.

Featured member

Blair Thomson / Drawing and Painting Studio

“We help people get creative, have fun with art materials, try out new ways of working, and start their own creative adventure.”

Blair started the Drawing and Painting Studio in 2016 by establishing a series of free community art groups in the north, west and east of Glasgow, helping young people, adults and underrepresented groups to get creative and have fun with artwork, providing free materials and plenty of guidance and enthusiasm to help build up skills, confidence and encourage a sense of wellbeing and expression.

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The Bold Collective

The Bold Collective is Glasgow CAN’s youth strand. The Bold Collective is made up of young people who are passionate about youth arts in Glasgow. Working as a committee of young people between the ages of 14 and 25, The Bold Collective are invested in promoting, participating and encouraging access to the arts for other young people in Glasgow with a particular focus on those facing barriers to participation.

Upcoming Events

There are currently no scheduled events.

Covid – 19 Statement

Glasgow CAN is aware as an organisation that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on freelancers and small organisations in so many different ways and we are here to continue to support you. As an organisation we implemented home working from 17.03.20 and the core team are still based in their own homes until the government advise it is safe to go back to co-working spaces. The core team are constantly thinking about ways we can continue to support our members and people that access our organisation during this period of adaptation. Many of our events continue to be held online as we begin to adopt a blended model of in person and online events. – Glasgow CAN Team, September 2021

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Glasgow Connected Arts Network
60 – 64 Osborne Street
G1 5QH

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