Arts & Culture

Glasgow is home to a vast number of art galleries and stunning pieces of architecture and design. So much so that in 1999, the city was crowned " UK City of Architecture and Design". It is an architectural dream: Victorian red & honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires sit harmoniously with towers, the sensuous Art Nouveau and the titanium, glass and steel of the contemporary city. The past and present of our city architecture make an eclectic mix of style and elegance.

The most famous late architects such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh who is internationally renowned, to Alexander 'Greek' Thompson whose boldness in design put the Egyptian look into Glasgow. There are magnificent buildings all over Glasgow displaying sheer genius, the Kelvingrove Art Galleries, which are currently under refurbishment are a prime example. With all its flamboyant towers, turrets, spires and statues. And with its marvellous exhibits, it's a popular day out - especially on wet weekends!

As well as our architects, our artists are pretty good too, Jack Vettriano has emerged from the unlikely background of an early working life in the Scottish coalfields to become one of Britain's best known contemporary artists; he is entirely self taught. His work first came to public prominence at the Royal Scottish Academy open exhibition in 1988. Since then he has gone from strength to strength with sell out exhibitions in all over the world.

Whether you are interested in architecture or art, Glasgow will have something for you to enjoy while your visiting.

Scotland Art.com
193 Bath Street, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 221 4502
URL: www.scotlandart.com
Open: 7 days per week

The Burrell Collection
2060 Pollockshaws Road
Tel: 0141 649 7151
Open: All year, weekdays, 10am-5pm.
Wed, 10am-10pm. Sun noon-6pm.

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
Queen Street, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 229 1996
URL: www.goma.glasgow.gov.uk
Open: Mon - Sat 10am - 5:00pm,
Sun 11am - 5:00pm

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
2 Castle St
Tel:0141 553 2557
Open: 7 days per week Mon - Thurs
& Sat 10am-5pm, Fri & Sun 11am-5pm

Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
Tel: 0141 353 4526
Open: Tours available until the 7th June,
Mon-Fri, 11am and 2pm, and Sat at 10.30am.

McLelland Galleries
270 Sauchiehall Street
Tel: 0141 565 4100

Mansfield Park Gallery
5 Hyndland Street
Tel: 0141 342 4124
Open: Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm,
Sat 11am - 5pm, Closed Sun & Mon.
   

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