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

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.


Wednesday 8 Dec, 5 - 6.30pm via Zoom

GCAN members and supporters are warmly invited to join us at our online Annual General Meeting. The virtual event will bring GCAN’s staff, members and supporters together to hear about GCAN’s work, successes and challenges since March 2020. Come along, sit back and enjoy a series of talks showcasing our main reflections.

Members Festive Gathering

Thurs 9 December 2021, @ Southblock, Glasgow

Tis the season to eat, mingle and be merry with fellow GCAN members. Join us for an evening of fun and festive vibes!

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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