Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art


Further information about access to Glasgow International

We want everyone to be able to access and enjoy Glasgow International, but we also recognise that people sometimes experience barriers when engaging with contemporary art. We understand that disabling barriers can be experienced regardless of whether people identify as disabled or not.

As a festival, we are committed to removing these barriers where possible, while acknowledging that this involves ongoing work and changes to the structure of the festival. Equally, our aim is for the festival to be a respectful, understanding and kind space where people feel able to discover art and ideas, express themselves and ask questions.

From discovering the programme to booking tickets to events, to navigating the city and arriving at the many and varied venues, we want to make sure you have the necessary information to plan and make decisions.

On each project's page on this website you will find information about the venue and the content of the exhibition. We are creating an access guide with additional, detailed information. Both it and the programme guide will also shortly be available in large print, Braille and audio versions. 

You will be able to download these, or to request them by email -

You can also contact us through SignLive or in person at Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE

You can read more on our Safer Spaces Guidelines, which lay out our commitments and expectations for the space of the festival.

Some of our venues have been reviewed by disabled people and their friends and families. Visit to access these reviews.

An Access Guide to the festival will be published prior to the festival. 

Access terms 

Exhibitions that are part of the Glasgow International programme take place in established and pop-up venues across the city. The festival is made up of a broad spectrum of organisations, curators, artist-led projects and individuals, all with varying levels of resources and facilities. We have worked closely with project organisers to consider access throughout the festival’s development, but we know that not all of the venues are fully accessible and that some artworks will not be possible for all individuals to engage with.

Where a project or venue may have a barrier to access such as no accessible toilet or step free access, these details will be clearly communicated. We have used the following terms to indicate access and facilities at each venue, and each project page holds more detailed information on access measures adopted by particular projects.

GOOD ACCESS: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors.

LIMITED LEVEL ACCESS: Some parts of the venue are level or ramped access, other areas can only be accessed via stairs (see the Access Guide for more information).

STAIRS: The venue can only be accessed via stairs.

TOILETS: The venue has toilets available for visitors.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS: The venue has a wheelchair- accessible toilet.

GENDER NEUTRAL TOILETS: The venue has toilets not separated by gender or sex.

HEARING LOOP: The venue has a hearing loop available.

REFRESHMENTS: There is a café or somewhere you can purchase refreshments.

BABY CHANGE: The venue has baby changing facilities.

BIKE RACK: There is cycle parking at the venue.