Glasgow Art and Galleries

The Kelvingrove

The Kelvingrove

Glasgow, a cultural hub in so many ways, is a city which truly supports modern and traditional art, especially via its art galleries and festivals.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Kelvingrove is (unsurprisingly) Scotland’s most frequently visited free attraction, and is home to Glasgow’s main collection of artworks (predominantly paintings). Always running new exhibitions it also has a large number of themed galleries with exhibits ranging from Dutch Old Masters and French Impressionists to Scottish Art, representatives of the ‘Glasgow Style’ and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It also has a massive museum to boot! My personal favourite in terms of exhibits would have to be Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’ completed in 1951. Brilliant, watery and evocative, it is the crucifixion, viewed from above. Stunning.

Exhibit in the Gallery of Modern Art

Exhibit in the Gallery of Modern Art

GoMA – the Gallery of Modern Art, and The Burrell Collection

This gallery is "Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery" in the heart of the city, and inspires artists and non-artists alike with is exhibitions and permanent collections. The fine setting, an eighteenth century neo-classical structure full of marble and columns, really does accentuate the modern artworks within. Vibrant and colourful, yet serene and contemplative, this is truly worth a visit whether your area of interest is painted art forms or whether you prefer something a little more edgy and challenging.

The Burrell Collection is housed in a gallery built in Pollock Country Park (a gorgeous woodland setting) to house the unusual, spectacular and massive collection of over 8000 artefacts which Sir William Burrell gifted to the city. As well as artefacts from all over the world and from many differing traditions, there are artworks ranging from religious medieval art to stained glass and classic paintings.

Stained glass from the Burrell Collection

Stained glass from the Burrell Collection

Other art galleries in Glasgow

Glasgow isn’t just about big events and big galleries. There are a few smaller galleries sprinkled around the city and its outskirts, but art is also also all around you in this overtly cultural city. Try the Hunterian Art Gallery for its "internationally renowned collections of Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh" or the Lillie Art Gallery which specialises in Scottish twentieth century art, including the Glasgow Boys and Scottish colourists, or perhaps one of the other museums outside of Glasgow, but near enough for a visit. For example, try the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock and the nineteenth Paisley Museum and Art Gallery which include many Paisley shawls.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.