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“Great place to chill”

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
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Owner description: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow's hub for creative activity. The building is steeped in history and the organisation has played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades. We are proud to contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Scotland's exciting arts scene. Our year-round programme includes cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and much more. We have an open-source approach to programming and work with a growing number of partners and individuals to whom we often offer residencies in the building and/or the space to programme their own events. At the heart of all of activities is the desire to work with artists, generate new projects and present them to the widest possible audience. CCA curates six major exhibitions a year, presenting national and international contemporary artists in our gallery space. We are also home to Intermedia Gallery, showcasing emerging artists. Entrance to exhibitions and many events is free. Saramago Cafe Bar offers a relaxed environment and a great menu during the day as well as lively place to hang out in the evenings. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building. Independent shops Aye Aye Books and Welcome Home are located in the entrance area, offering a wide range of publications, craft and design to take home.
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Can't really comment on the art exhibitions, or the activities held there; I go there because it's a lovely building to chill out in. The café is in an enclosed, roofed courtyard and it makes for a very atmospheric setting. Food is vegan so I can't comment on that either but it does serve the best Americano I have ever tasted. (Never mind Nero, let alone Starbucks or Costa coffee lovers, head along Sauchiehall Street for a proper brew.)

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Just popped in here for a relaxed drink before a Celtic Connections event at O2ABC1. Can't comment on the art, the shop or gallery space but the food looked very interesting, no free tables anywhere so obviously popular. Contemporary and interesting setting with small shop area. Staff were very helpful.

Will look forward to a return visit with more time.

Thank annieyeo
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Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Part of an audience at a Celtic Connections live broadcast and have been before for dinner. Good sized venue with different areas for seating, bar, coffees etc which were busy. The theatre was a good size for the show. Couple of points to work on - handryers in the washroom desperately slow they would never dry your hands - there were too many seats squeezed into the theatre which made the two hour show quite uncomfortable. I am sure I will pop in for a coffee when in town.

Thank Gordonm2
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Maybe it could have been a better visit if I stopped for coffee or lunch. The coffee shop part is nicely done.

But I came to be inspired by art . . .and left hungry. The exhibits are new, contemporary, cutting edge and if you're a fan of the art scene as it was from the turn of the 20th century through the 70's, you may not get it either. But for free admission, nothing but a little time may be lost if we don't. Look, not many people had kind things to say about the 1913 Armory Show; wonder what happened to those guys.

Thank cigarron
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Just round the corner from the Glasgow School of Arts this free site offers superb vegetarian lunches and a gallery with changing exhibitions. A glassed in courtyard that is a haven of peace.

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