In 2013, NGARN (North Glasgow Arts and Regeneration Network) merged with WAN (West Arts Network), into GCAN (Glasgow Connected Arts Network).
NGARN had been in existence since 2002 when local arts organisations, individual artists and statutory bodies came together to increase the impact of arts and regeneration work in the disadvantaged areas of North Glasgow. Through this time they forged long lasting and successful collaborations between arts, youth, health, employability, learning and safety sectors, attracting significant non-arts funding for high quality, participative arts activity.
WAN ran in a similar vein since 2008, prioritising work in areas of disadvantage where there is a lack of high quality arts provision.
GCAN aims to:
- promote, maintain and encourage public awareness and understanding of the arts in Glasgow and in doing so, provide skills and resource sharing, exchange of ideas and increase participation and learning
- promote and advance the economic, social and cultural development of Glasgow through the arts