Just a block away from The Briggait, also in Merchant City, is Trongate 103, another example of Glasgow’s innovative approach to stimulating contemporary arts. This is a place to see art, make art and to enjoy being creative. Opened in 2009, the ground and first floor of this former Edwardian warehouse building are the gallery floors, with a year round programme of exhibitions.
One of the city's most unusual visitor experiences can be found within Trongate 103 - the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre. Founded in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1989 and brought to Glasgow in 1996, the theatre brings inanimate objects to life, as sculptured pieces of scrap and tiny carved figures perform humorous and tragic stories of the human spirit, set to haunting music.
Trongate 103 also comprises galleries, workshops, artists’ studios and production spaces for the creation of art across genres, including printmaking, photography, digital media, ceramics and more. There are exhibitions, educational and participative activities for young and old alike, as well as practical workshops, talks, readings and performances.