Glasgow venue the Arches goes into administration

The Arches club in Glasgow was forced to close earlier this month after complaints from the police The Arches club in Glasgow has gone into administration.
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Glasgow arts complex the Arches is to go into administration after its operating hours were curtailed last month.

The Arches’ board of directors took the decision on June 10 to start the process of appointing administrators for both Arches Theatre and Arches Retail Company Limited.

It comes after Glasgow City Council’s licensing altered the venue’s licence so it has to close at midnight, after complaints from police following an incident on March 26.

The Arches said that without the income generated by its programme of club nights, which generated 51% of annual turnover, the venue’s business model is untenable.

Gordon Kennedy, chairman of the Arches board of directors, said: “Our hope is that the administrators, working with partners and stakeholders, can salvage some of the activities for which the Arches is renowned.

“We were disappointed and surprised at the outcome of the licensing board. The Arches has a zero tolerance approach to drugs and has cooperated with the police over many years.”

The Arches is seen as a vital component to the Glasgow and Scottish live art and theatre world. It is a place where young performers can experiment and has an international reputation for its live art programme of performances and festivals.

Lucy Mason, artistic director for the Arches, said: “The atmosphere and architecture of the Arches have helped to shape and define a generation of enquiring and vital artists. It’s shocking that this building, which has inspired such creativity, devotion and ambition, should cease to exist as an arts venue.”

She added that without the Arches “the radical energy at the heart of Scotland’s theatre-making community will be greatly diminished, and the future for many individual artists suddenly feels very uncertain”.