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

Print Clan CiC

Print Clan is an inclusive screen printing studio that nurtures creativity in people at any ability. We accommodate social, design and fine art based projects by offering access to screen printing resources and training. Our vision is to be a sustainable model for community development through engaging people with the craft of screen printing.

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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

Self Care, Community Care: re-adapting to face-to-face delivery with Ellie Hutchinson

Thursday 28th October 2021, 10am - 12pm via zoom

Join Glasgow CAN and Ellie Hutchinson for a 2 hour training session on positive practices for readjusting to face-to-face delivery.

#CreativeConnect – Climate Change, Art and Activism with guest speaker Samantha MacGregor

Thursday 11th November, 11am - 12pm Online via Zoom

This month, in relation to COP26, we are joined by Samantha McGregor, the artist and facilitator behind Funkyard Arts. Samantha was funded through Glasgow CAN’s Youth Arts Small Grant Scheme to deliver a project in partnership with Woodlands Community Garden. Samantha will discuss how the project brings together community, art and activism by encouraging young people to make banners to protest climate change for COP26.

Making Connections: How to Build Successful Freelance Partnerships with Hannah Ayre

Thursday 25th November, 10am - 12pm, Online

Join Participatory Artist, educator and producer Hannah Ayre as she guides us through how to make connections and build successful partnerships within the Participatory Arts Sector. Hannah has a career which spans over 20 years and has previously worked with organisations such as V&A Dundee, National Museums of Scotland and The Fruitmarket Gallery and many more. Hannah will share her experience and tips for how to plan your projects and build your network to find work. We’ll look at time management, rates of pay, side hustles, co-creation, how to find opportunities and nurture your network.

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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