ART AND GALLERIES
Whether it’s industrious warrens of artists’ studios open to the public, or grand, sandblasted merchant’s houses transformed into sleek modern gallery spaces, there’s always a feeling that art, Glasgow style, is not a red-roped affair. That, like the city it springs from, it’s democratic, inviting and curious about the world around it.
Yes, the city finds room for the big hitters, but it’s often the electrifying work from Glasgow’s new guns that most sets the pulse racing.
The Modern Institute
This white-walled gallery hides within a smart, red sandstone Edwardian terrace. The Institute’s collective is committed to finding and bringing to the world’s attention, the most exciting emerging Glaswegian artists.
14-20 Osborne St, G1 5QN
Derelict for two decades, the Briggait is now a hive of creative energy – housing artists and collectives working on visual art, circus skills, dance and performance.
141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ
Trongate is a place to do and to see a diverse range of made-in-Glasgow creativity. Drop by, and you might stumble upon a poetry reading, an impromptu dance performance, or some seriously sexy print work.
103 Trongate, G1 5HD
The Common Guild
This sleek gallery, housed in a grand, Victorian townhouse next to Kelvingrove Park enjoys two bright exhibition spaces, and a fascinating library designed by artist Andrew Miller, crammed with art books and catalogues.
21 Woodlands Terrace, G3 6DF
The Gallery of Modern Art
…or GoMA, to give it its cooler title, is Scotland’s most-visited gallery. And it’s a bit of a belter. All the greats of contemporary art are present and correct. As you’d expect, it’s particularly strong on local heroes.
Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH
There’s always something worth seeing at this gritty, essential gallery, set up by graduates from Glasgow School of Art. The space shows work from a loose collective of artists and invited friends.
28 King Street, G1 3RT
Scotland’s hub for all things design and architecture. With exhibitions ranging from a Charles Rennie Mackintosh retrospective, to the beauty of design in nature, this refreshing space promotes the importance of good design in everything it does.
11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU
Centre for Contemporary Art
Art gallery, performance space, cinema and the obligatory (and decent) cafe, this is a bubbling cauldron of activity all year round. With six major exhibitions a year, and a year-round program featuring film, music, literature, spoken word and Gaelic festivals.
350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
The Glue Factory
This new space, reclaimed from a recent regeneration project down by the city’s canal network, has wasted no time in getting itself a reputation for programming the sort of shows that set social media alight (in a good way).
22 Farnell St, G4 9SE