Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Glasgow Connected Arts Network (GCAN) is the city's artistic and cultural hub, focused on participatory arts projects for local communities.


Glasgow Connected Arts Network is the city’s artistic and cultural hub.

Funded by Glasgow City Council, GCAN 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 access to invaluable training opportunties.

We encourage collaboration and connection between artists and communities across Glasgow, and we regularly fund arts projects which seek to reach and engage new audiences. We aim to increase participation and learning in arts projects, to promote and advance the economic, social and cultural development of Glasgow, and reflect the diverse communities within it.





The Briggait,
147 Bridgegate, Glasgow,
G1 5HZ



Hannah McLean
Executive Director

Cairan McLaggan
Marketing & Communications

Our Focus


We support work which celebrates diversity by recognising our differences, promoting equality and improving access to the arts for marginalized groups.  We support projects which specifically involves work with groups including but not limited to: Refugees & Asylum Seekers, the LBGT+, Young People, the Elderly, those with ill health or disabilities.


We support work which extends the reach of Artists and Organisations to communities which do not have adequate access to the arts. This may be due to isolation, geography, socio-economic status and other barriers. We particularly welcome pilot programmes. Projects must have a focus on sharing learning with others and by working together we will develop guidelines, share learning and reach communities where there is low provision of creative activities.


We seek to bring people together to promote and develop Participatory Arts programmes. We will actively support Artists and Organisations to work with each other and communities through partnership initiatives. Projects which have a clear plan to share learning and information are particularly encouraged.

Our Connect events offer an opportunity for practitioners to meet with each other, share ideas and to find ways of working together to benefit communities across Glasgow.

Our Newest Members:

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Ross Whyte

Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer, sound artist and arranger.


James Barrie

James Barrie is an actor working across the UK on stage and screen.