Tramway is Scotland’s most internationally acclaimed venue for contemporary visual and performing art. This reputation is founded upon our commitment to the presentation of the most innovative work by Scottish and international artists. The very distinctive architecture, character and history of the venue itself have ensured that Tramway is a unique place to produce and experience the best in contemporary art.
The building began life in 1893 as the Coplawhill Tramshed and, in the early years of the twentieth century, it served as the city’s main tram terminus, depot and factory.
Tramway was launched as a direct result of the search for a venue which had the capacity to house what would be, in 1988, the only UK performances of Peter Brook’s Mahabharata.
Many Glasgow–based visual artists – now acclaimed internationally – were given their first major solo exhibitions at Tramway.
In June 2000, the venue reopened with improved and better–equipped theatre and exhibition spaces and – in the newly opened stable spaces on the first floor – a café bar, residency, rehearsal and workshop spaces.