Welcome to our Accessibility Guide for Sonica 2022. We aim to make the Festival as accessible as possible but if you feel that you might need some additional help, please get in touch or ask a member of staff on arrival at each of the venues. We would welcome your ideas on how we can improve in this area.
You can contact us by phone on 0141 354 0545, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Sonica, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 2JD
Situated on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre, CCA is a hub for arts events, cultural organisations and artists. It is one of the key Festival venues.
The building comprises three floors and is situated on the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Scott Street. The ground floor includes a foyer with a box office, Duty Managers’ office, two shops, a cafe bar, gallery, cinema, accessible toilets and lift access to the first and second floors. The first floor has the theatre, Creative Lab, accessible toilets and Terrace Bar. The second floor has Intermedia Gallery and the Clubroom meeting space.
CCA’s Accessibility Guide is available to download here. A large print version of this is available at CCA Box Office. The Accessibility Guide includes information on getting here, our building, cafe bar, shops, facilities and future developments.
CCA have produced a map of the venue, available to view and download here.
Tramway is a renowned international arts venue in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow’s southside, with an interdisciplinary spirit whose mission is to enrich and inspire its communities by providing ambitious, innovative and culturally relevant contemporary visual art and performance.
All public areas in Tramway are wheelchair accessible, with lift access to the mezzanine and first floor. (Please note, to comply with current physical distancing measures only one person/visiting group is able to enter the lifts at any one time.)
Accessible toilets are available on all three public access levels and come equipped with handrails and emergency pull cords. All accessible toilets are single cubicle and gender neutral.
Assistance dogs are welcome at Tramway (please note, due to the nature of the building and our neighbours The Hidden Gardens, ONLY Assistance dogs are permitted.)
Individual exhibitions, events and performances may have specific access arrangements. Please check the event pages of our website for more details.
Tramway is a family-friendly venue. Breastfeeding is welcome. Tramway has baby-changing facilities on the ground floor, and the Café Bar has a family corner. High chairs are available.
Occasionally events may not be suitable for younger visitors. This will be clearly signposted. Please note, children under 12 must be supervised at all times.
It is easily accessible by public transport or by car and on-street parking is available.
There is a quiet space with sofas and dimmed lights in The Studio which will be available for audience members who are sensitive to noise and light stimulation.
The Hidden Gardens is a beautiful public oasis located in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, adjacent to Tramway.
The Gardens are fully wheelchair accessible at both entrances from Pollokshaws Road and through Tramway. There are wide stone paths around The Gardens, and ramps to take you into the Medicinal Courtyard and Boilerhouse. The Gardens welcomes assistance dogs only.
The nearest train station, Pollokshields East, does not currently have wheelchair access.
There are no public toilets within The Gardens, but you can use the fully accessible public toilets in Tramway.
The Glad Café in Shawlands is located in the heart of the Southside of Glasgow. It is an award winning café/music venue, accessible via ramps going through into a wide-open space. The venue prides itself on being wheelchair friendly and assistance dogs are welcome. There are accessible toilets and the doors are wide enough for wheel chair users.
The venue is located on Pollokshaws Road where there are disabled car parking facilities nearby.
The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events.
The Lighthouse is fully accessible for wheelchair users, those with prams or buggies or those with specific access needs. Visitors enter the building from street level via Mitchell Lane. There is a passenger lift accessing all 6 floors located in the rear of the shop.
There are 5 disabled parking spaces at the side of the building on Mitchell Street. Accessible toilets are located on levels 2, 3 and 5.
Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 and is the ‘mother church’ of Paisley. The building has ramp access via the cloisters for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users. There is also an accessible toilet and a hearing loop is available.
There is parking all around the Abbey with designated disabled parking bays available.
The Deep End is an arts space and social enterprise, developed by Govanhill Baths Community Trust offering a safe and secure space with a sheltered urban courtyard. It is located in the heart of the southside, just five minutes walk from Pollokshields West and Queen’s Park rail stations.
There is on-street parking, which is free. There is drop off and pick up space at the end of the lane leading to the venue, which has a fairly low shallow gradient.
Some parts of the lane are slightly uneven but there is step free access to the building.
Once in the courtyard, the whole building has level access, with double door access from the courtyard and wide single doors to the venue, which is accessible to wheelchair users.
There is one accessible toilet, which is gender neutral. The toilets are not gender neutral; there are urinals in the Male toilet.
Established in 2015, Civic Room is a non-profit contemporary art gallery promoting outstanding contemporary visual art through commissioning new work and projects by early career and established artists. Civic Room re-located to North Street, Charing Cross in 2022.
There is step free access into the building and level access throughout. There is not an accessible toilet at present.
The Engine Works is a brand new multi-space art and events venue just 20 minutes north of Glasgow Central Train Station. The building was originally a foundry and steelworks back in the 1800s and has been transformed into a dynamic events venue.
There is free on-street parking outside the venue and drop off and pick up space immediately adjacent to the building. The main door entrance to the building has two steps; however, level access is available from the shutter entrance to the right of the main door. The performance space on the Engine Room floor has four steps as well as a ramped access. There is an accessible toilet and fire exit on the Engine Room floor.
The Rum Shack is a Caribbean Bar, Restaurant and venue located on Pollokshaws Road the south side of Glasgow. There is on-street parking available in the adjacent streets and drop off and pick up space available outside the venue.
There is step free access into the building and four steps led down into the venue. Staff are available to provide assistance where required. There is an accessible toilet in the ladies’ toilet only.
Located in the heart of The Barras, The Pipe Factory is an important historical landmark in Glasgow’s industrial heritage and is in the process of renovation. There is metered on street parking outside the buLocated in the heart of The Barras, The Pipe Factory is an important historical landmark in Glasgow’s industrial heritage and is in the process of renovation. There is metered on street parking outside the building and drop off and pick up space available outside the venue.
There is level access via Bain Street and then stepped access (three steps) down into the ground floor. Level access directly into the ground floor is available via Moncur Street. The ground floor is slightly uneven and height differences are marked. There is no lift access to the upper floors. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the building.
The building is unheated and visitors are advised to wear warm clothing.