Contemporary art venues and galleries in Glasgow
Exhilarating Victorian buildings and heavily adorned buildings amuse anyone visiting Scotland’s largest city. A visit to the place will make one realise that it is no wonder the city is tagged – ‘City of Architecture’. Art flows through the veins of Glaswegian community and even a mention of the word will have one thinking of the very many unique architectural treasures that the city boasts about. The city as well as its people have always embraced any piece of art and today Glasgow does have a lot to gift visitors by means of its galleries and exhibitions of art.
Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum designed by Sir John Simpson and one among Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions reminds visitors of the impressive heritage that the Victorian era art boasted about. With an extensive collection of historical artifacts coupled with the world’s most exclusive arms and armour collection, this gallery for sure embosses the richness of the Victorian period. The collections are sourced from the Kelvingrove house Museum and McClellan Galleries. The museum which was designed specially to cater to kids comes with cafes, shop and other interactive shows. Entry is free.
Provand’s lordship, the serene and supposedly “Oldest House” in Glasgow is a perfect place to step back in time. One can spot the little remains of medieval Glasgow, sited on top of this Castle. The 17th century building owns a herb garden, a home for rare and exquisite species. Nearby is the St.Mungo museum,the only religious museum in the world. It is a sanctuary of tranquility. It aims at bringing together people belonging to different religions through artifacts and stunning work.
Designed by Charles Mackintosh,Scotland Street School Museum is a must-see for every hardcore fan of Mackintosh. The man behind the exquisite Queen’s Cross church, Glasgow School of Art and the Willow tearooms comes to life through the collections inside this museum.
The Hunterian Museum and Art gallery is named after William Hunter, its creator. The Museum exhibits Hunter’s collection, medals and coins dating back to Roman Scotland, ancient Egypt and even has antiquities which speak a lot about the geography and ethnology of the bygone eras. The Zoology museum features a very extensive insect collection.
Originally a townhouse, The Gallery of Modern Art is sited in the heart of the city centre within a neoclassical building. The museum is known for featuring works of international and local artists, thus bringing social issues into light. Its library has a diverse collection of design and art books along with cafes and free Internet access. The most astounding factor is the theme of each floor which reflects Earth,Water,Air and Fire!
Rogerbillcliffe gallery showcases distinct artworks inscribed on ceramic, jewellery, glass and silver. With a distinct style of art to its credit, this gallery welcomes you to the world of modern day art. Located just a couple of hundred meters from the famous Glasgow school of art, the gallery takes special interest in displaying works of Mackintosh,Glasgow boys and Scottish colourists.
A platform for talented Scottish painters, Art Exposure gallery showcases contemporary painting and constantly encourages painters to explore and present their work. Another similar gallery is the Compass gallery, a base for investors and artists to meet and share their ideas together. Strongly believing that budding artists need encouragement, the Gallery organizes a lot of events and exhibition. The Lillie Art Gallery collects contemporary art and hosts exhibitions from time to time.
The Collins gallery, a part of the Stathclyde University, conducts temporary programmes which comprise both historic and contemporary works. This gallery reminds one that art is not confined within paintings and sculptures but is all around us. It promotes visual art, contemporary music and films. It is even recognised as one of the Europe’s leading modern art galleries.
A museum with difference, Burrell collections hosts banquets, seminars and weddings. It houses fascinating pieces of art from all over the world ranging from Chinese and Islamic art to ancient civilisations! Sited in the beautiful grounds of Pollok park,it is an ideal place to relax in the evenings.
The Riverside Museum, a museum of transport and travel designed by Zaha Hadid elevates the modernistic element and the wealthy industrial legacy.
Foreign tourists and art aficionados alike look up to the art scene in Glasgow for many a reason. Once here,you will be enchanted by the designs and rare art elements the city has to offer. With a balanced blend of the contemporary and the traditional, Glasgow proves that it is always ready to absorb new trends and keep growing!