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Paragon Music - Jamathon 2017. Amy Sinead Photography

This editorial was originally published in our Nov - Dec 2017 brochure. You can find a list of our current cultural tenants here.

CCA is a multi-purpose venue and we aim to make the best use of every space in the building. Following the renovation in 2001, when CCA acquired the two-storey Mandors fabric store on Scott Street, several office spaces were created on the first and second floors to house what would become known as our Cultural Tenants.

CCA’s Cultural Tenants are artistic and cultural organisations who contribute to the venue’s events programme in return for discounted office space. There are fourteen tenants based in the building and each has an individually tailored arrangement with CCA. Rents are below commercial rates and tenants have a two-year contract that includes a clause defining their contribution to CCA’s programme. Tenants engage with the building and its audiences, while enhancing the CCA events programme and providing a publicly-beneficial alternative to a commercial rental cost. On a more human level, this agreement also keeps us in contact with each other, giving us reasons to meet and to consider the use of the building.

Current Cultural Tenants in the building are:

BHP Comics: Scotland’s leading independent comic book publisher promotes new and exciting creator-owned collaborative comic books and graphic novels. They produce Glasgow’s successful Comic Con, which found a home at CCA in 2013.

Camcorder Guerillas: a voluntary collective of independent, radical filmmakers, activists and artists who create and showcase films that raise awareness of social justice issues facing our local communities.

Cryptic: an internationally-renowned producing art house who create high quality, memorable, innovative experiences that fuse music, sonic art and multi-media elements. Cryptic also produce the biannual Sonica festival of visual sonic arts.

Document: Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival is a grassroots initiative that aims to use film, art and music as advocacy tools to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights and social issues across the globe.

Electron Club: an autonomous space where anyone interested in open source software, circuit bending, hardware hacking, computer recycling, streaming, editing, green technologies and amateur radio can use equipment and share ideas.

LUX Scotland: a dedicated support agency for artists working with moving image. Activities include a distribution collection of artists’ moving image work produced in Scotland and a professional support programme for Scotland-based artists.

MAP: previously a quarterly magazine, MAP now offers an expanded site for contemporary art, publicly re-examining and developing the processes of active reading and looking.

Paragon: a music company that works throughout Scotland generating learning opportunities for young people and people with learning disabilities. Paragon work with a variety of community groups to create and perform music.

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: a dedicated development organisation for playwrights. Playwrights’ Studio Scotland have a second space at CCA, the Tom McGrath Writers’ room, named after the founder of PSS and the Third Eye Centre.

Scottish Ensemble: a group of twelve outstanding musicians who champion music written for strings, crossing genres, styles, periods, and art forms to make new connections and reach as many different people as possible.

Scottish Writers’ Centre: an organisation that aims to support and promote the work of Scottish writers and provide an international showcase space for Scottish literature.

The List: the company publicises the wide range of arts, events and entertainment taking place throughout the year in Scotland through a magazine, website and publications for the Edinburgh festivals.

University of the West of Scotland: the university has a wide range of academic, social and sporting facilities.

Voice Business: a training organisation focused on public speaking, presentation and communication skills.

Cultural Tenants’ involvement in the CCA programme includes MAP, Camcorder Guerillas and LUX Scotland screenings; BHP Comics’ workshops and annual Comic Con; regular monthly writing events from Scottish Writers’ Centre and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland; Paragon’s weekly music workshop Beat It; Document’s annual film festival; UWS’ annual showcases of student work; Scottish Ensemble’s performances in Saramago and Cryptic’s regular performance nights and festivals. Outside of the main venue programme, the Electron Club hosts its own groups and meetings in the first floor space that, until 2006, was the office of the CCA director.

For CCA, it is of great value to have so many other cultural organisations in the building. It helps to fulfil our aim to be a hub for the arts, while also extending the support we can provide through the open source programming approach to supporting arts organisations with office space.

Editorial first published in November - December 2017 CCA Brochure.