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Art shows in Glasgow

Apr 27, 2022
A Guide to Art Shows in Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s artistic beating heart, boasting one of the largest civic art collections in Europe. From the renowned Glasgow School of Art to the long line Turner prize winners – it's safe to safe that Glasgow is home to an invaluable artistic heritage. If you’re travelling to the city to explore its art galleries, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you live in neighbouring Pasley or further afield in Perth and are planning a weekend in this dynamic city, we’ve rounded up some of the very best art galleries worth visiting.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Found along the banks of the River Kelvin, no trip to Glasgow would be complete without a visit to the Kelvingrove. This museum hosts 22 galleries and showcases some of Europe’s finest collections, including works by French impressionists Monet and van Gogh and Old Masters such as Vecellio and de Lairesse. Make sure you don’t miss Salvador Dalí’s iconic masterpiece – Christ of Saint John of the Cross.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

This gallery is Glasgow’s epicentre of contemporary art. Opened in 1996, the museum is housed in an elegant Neoclassical building in the heart of the action and showcases artworks by local and international artists. Permanent exhibitions include works by Andy Warhol, Sebastião Salgado and Ken Currie, complemented by multi-faceted temporary collections. The gallery also has a dedicated studio to encourage workshops and artist talks.

The Riverside Museum

Known as the location of Glasgow Transport Museum, the Riverside opened in 2011 and was awarded the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013. The collection includes the oldest pedal cycle and the world’s leading exhibits of Scottish-built cars and trucks, as well as the steam locomotive No. 3007. It is also home to around 250 ship models.

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Dedicated to William Hunter, this is the oldest museum in Scotland. Located next door to the University of Glasgow, the gallery is home to Hunter’s rich collection of scientific instruments, medals and fossils. The Zoology Museum displays most of the university’s research and training, while the Mackintosh House contains original furniture and decorations.

The Modern Institute

Lying midway between the Merchant City and Trongate suburbs, the Modern Institute champions extravagance and out-of-the-box thinking. It was founded in 1997 and worked alongside 47 artists to promote the beauty of contemporary art. Some internationally acclaimed contributors the gallery has collaborated with are Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Cathy Wilkes while also publishing various monographs.

Glasgow Print Studio

Sitting on the northern outskirts of Glasgow city centre, along the banks of the River Clyde, the Print Studio has been an institution in the city’s print scene since its opening in 1972. The studio has two exhibition spaces, various printmakers workshops and teaching events.

Glasgow is a dynamic and ever-changing city, where art and culture move at a higher pace. Whether you’re keen on modern art or prefer travelling back in time to the Middle Ages, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. If you prefer the pull of the suburb to the bustle of the city, browse our Mallets Rise development, conveniently located for access to the M77 and A726.