Galleries in Glasgow
Some of the best galleries in Scotland are to be found in Glasgow, not least because of the Mackintosh connection!
Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow in 1944. The city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of a vast array of works of all periods and from all over the world.
Gallery of Modern Art
GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London. It offers a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists. It also addresses contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Kelvingrove is a very special museum. For generations of people from Glasgow and the surrounding neighbourhoods, it has a deep, personal significance linked with every stage of their lives. Visits to 'the art galleries' are highlights of childhood memories; many people did their courting there; parenthood and grandparenthood see the cycle begin again.
The Galleries were built in 1856 and are named after their builder, Archibald McLellan. Following his death, Glasgow City Corporation bought the building, and it was used as an exhibition space. In the 1980s the Galleries were ravaged by fire. They reopened in 1990 following a £3 million restoration. This changed it from a general temporary exhibition space to what was then the largest high-quality, air-conditioned, temporary exhibition space outside London.