Cryptic Nights was launched in 2009 as a regular event that provides a platform for emerging artists to engage with a local, supportive audience. Staged at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Cryptic Nights is an ongoing programme that creates an environment for artists to show risk-taking and innovative new works.
Crossing a variety of different media, from live music to film, visual and sonic art, Cryptic Nights presents boundary-pushing artworks by some of today’s most creative emerging artists.
Since its beginning, Cryptic Nights has presented over 190 artists at the CCA and has become a well known institution within the Scottish art calendar with The List describing it as a ‘popular night [that] has become a well-honed stomping ground for creative types.’
Cryptic Nights has also presented work outside of Glasgow with Cryptic’s first site-specific work, Rory Middleton’s The View, at Cove Park. Highlights of past Cryptic Nights include Oliver Coates’s performance at Kings Place, London, Robbie Thomson’s Inducer, Sven Werner’s Tales of Magical Realism, Tony Mills’ Watch IT and Gail Sneddon’s Darkness.