#ShaunyNews ' The Arches: Scottish government will seek to help

@ShaunyNews – Top Headlines:June.11: The Scottish government has said it will examine what it can do to help safeguard the future of Glasgow’s troubled Arches arts venue.

The Arches announced on Wednesday that it had gone into administration.

Management said they had been left with no choice after a midnight closing time was imposed on its nightclub by the city’s licensing board.

The restriction followed police complaints about drug abuse and disorder.

It was said to have cut total revenues at the Arches by more than 50%, making it untenable as a business.

Sandra White, the SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, raised the plight of the venue at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament, where Deputy First Minister John Swinney was standing in for Nicola Sturgeon during her trip to the US.

Ms White said 130 jobs had been put at risk by the Arches going into administration.

She added: “Aside from the fact that the Arches is one of Glasgow’s most cultural venues, this is obviously a very worrying time for the staff facing redundancy.

“Can the deputy first minister assure those affected that the Scottish Government will offer all the support that it can?”

Mr Swinney replied: “Creative Scotland is working hard with the organisation and with other partners to explore options regarding the future of arts programming of this nature in Glasgow.

“Creative Scotland agreed with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council to bring forward some of this year’s support for the Arches – £92,000 from Creative Scotland and £37,000 from Glasgow City Council – to assist with the delivery of the current arts programme in the short-term.

“I reassure Sandra White that we will look in all ways that we possibly can do to assist in safeguarding the future of what I recognise as a significant cultural venue in the city of Glasgow and a venue that contributes a great deal to the cultural life of Scotland.”

The Arches: Scottish government will seek to help_83568390_archesboth.jpgThe Scottish government says it examine what it can do to help safeguard the future of Glasgow’s troubled Arches arts venue.

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