Love art and looking for things to do in Glasgow to satiate your appetite for artistic works? Look no further than our guide below, which provides some fruitful locations to start your artistic tour of Glasgow. This is a beautiful city that prides itself on its historical and contemporary contribution to art culture, you’ll find everything you need here to get you started.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
The Kevingrove Art Gallery and Museum boasts one of Europe’s greatest collection of art, it’s also free to enter and as you can imagine, extremely popular throughout the year as one of the must see museum and art galleries in the UK. You’ll find it in the centre of the west end of Glasgow, on the very fringes of Kelvingrove Park
Glasgow School of Art
This is a university institution that’s recognised throughout the world as a place of research and teaching for the visual creative arts. There’s everything here to test your senses and to stimulate enquiry and further learning. You’ll find it on Renfrew Street at the Reid Building opposite the Mackintosh.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
Here you’ll find a treasure trove of carved figures and old scrap pieces that will perform to music and light telling hauntingly beautiful stories about the human condition in the face of life and death.
It’s been here in Glasgow since the mid-90s and was founded by the Russian sculptor Eduard Bersudsky and, Tatyana Jakovskaya, a theatre director - it really is a mesmerising spectacle worthy of more than one visit.
You’ll find the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre on Trongate Street.
The Burrell Collection
Here in Pollock Country Park you’ll find the fascinating Burrell Collection, it consists of over 8000 artefacts, which is staggering for one person to amass. You can visit this amazing collection through the Burrell Walkway on Dumbreck Road or you can go via Pollockshaws and Corkerhill Road. You’ll find the collection is well signposted, so there’s no need to worry about getting lost on your way there!
Hunterian Art Gallery
Founded at the beginning of the 19th century this is Scotland’s oldest museum and houses a monumentally large and impressive collection to match any in the world. It’s a university museum and all the collections here have been recognised for their importance by being awarded the Collection of National Significance, visit this beautiful gallery at the Gilbert Scott Building on University Avenue.
Centre for Contemporary Arts CCA
The Centre for Contemporary Arts at 350 Sauchiehall Street is the perfect venue for enjoying film, literature music and much more including festivals and exhibitions held regularly. There are usually up to 6 exhibitions per year with both national and international artists showing their work, entrance is free and there’ll be plenty here to keep you occupied with so much to see and do, as the CCA is home to many organisations of cultural and artistic significance, so there’s always something to see and hear that you will enjoy.
The Lemond Gallery is on 4 Thorn Street in Bearsden and has been here for 15 years and specialises in contemporary fine art which a view to exhibiting some of Scotland’s finest artists. There are over 500 paintings from many different artists, but there are also regular solo exhibitions from Scotland’s most talented group of fine artists.
Lillie Art Gallery
The Lillie Art Gallery opened in the early 60s and was founded by the banker Robert Lillie who also happened to moonlight as an artist. His own work is also held at the gallery. There is a formidable collection of artworks here dating from the 19th century up to the present day. You’ll find this beautiful gallery opposite the Milngavie Railway Station which is not far away from Milngavie town centre.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Here you’ll find artefacts and works of art with a focus on religion and its impact on people’s lives. You’ll find it a great source of fascination with a collection spanning time and place for individuals who’ve been inspired by their beliefs.
You’ll find St Mungos’ in the city centre, a few steps away from Buchanan and Argyle Street. It’s also fittingly close to Glasgow Cathedral.
Gallery of Modern Art
An impressive gallery in the centre of Glasgow with art from all over the world with an emphasis on the influences, working methods and interests that inspire artists to create their most important work.
You’ll find the Gallery of Modern Art in the city centre its close by to Buchanan Street and 3 of Glasgow’s most well used subways, including St Enoch, Argyle Street and Queen Street.
Hopefully, there’ll be enough here to keep you entertained and inspired during your time in Glasgow.