Glasgow is a city of constant reinvention and therefore has a community of people who are creative and adaptable to change. As the city begins to reopen, there are still some businesses, venues and organisations that are not able to open their doors just yet so have redesigned their offer to bring all the things we love about Glasgow to you, virtually.
Whether that’s crafts you can master at home, fascinating facts about our much-loved museums, or film and comedy you can just sit back and enjoy, there are plenty of things to keep your days full and your minds active.
Here's just a selection of what’s out there to be enjoyed.
Ahead of the phased reopening of some of the city's much-loved museums and galleries, Glasgow Museums are helping us to enjoy the collections from home by sharing some pictures and facts about the city’s world-class art and artefacts.
The Hunterian Museum, which is now open (book tickets here) have also been working hard to bring us Insight Talks online along with a series of virtual exhibitions including A Curator’s Choice, Edwin Morgan: An Eardley On My Wall and Robert the Bruce, which offer an opportunity to see some of the museum’s outstanding collections from the comfort of your own home. And with the Mackintosh House still closed, for now, you can enjoy a 360° virtual tour. Explore the house, room by room, and click on the hot spots to find out more about key objects.
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has also launched a new online video tour of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. Developed by volunteers and staff, the 17-minute tour will guide you around the building while learning about its hidden histories and where it fits within Mackintosh's career, introducing you to his progression as an architect, designer and artist. Donations are welcome to support the work of the Society.
We can also enjoy some new artwork thanks to proud Glaswegian and local artist Lee Robertson who has launched his new virtual exhibition ‘Love Letter to Glasgow’. Two years in the making, the exhibition was originally due to be held in Sogo Arts on the Saltmarket. While Compass Gallery has a new online exhibition titled Quiet World, designed to remind us of the world waiting outside. It features artworks that are both new to the gallery or have been exhibited within the gallery over the years.
You can now also experience the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail from the comfort of your own home. With their new Audio Map, you can virtually visit more than 25 of the city’s much-loved murals and learn more about the inspiration behind these stunning works of art which bring vibrant bursts of colour to the streets of the city centre.
And while we can’t go out to enjoy performances, our amazing performing arts organisations are keeping us entertained.
The National Theatre of Scotland’s season of digital short artworks, Scenes for Survival has been created in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films. Each artwork has been created by a quarantine creative team, connecting remotely, made up of a performer, writer and director and filmed from their personal spaces of isolation. Over 100 leading artists including Brian Cox, Maureen Beattie and Greg Hemphill have collaborated to create and release more than forty unique films.
Scottish Ballet has released performances for audiences to enjoy online, and have also been continuing their SB Health digital dance classes. Join in with them on Facebook Live from Monday – Friday. Check their website to view the full schedule.
Meanwhile, Scottish Opera have launched The Narcissistic Fish, their first Opera Short. Set in the kitchen of a restaurant, it tells the story of the stormy relationship between chefs Angus, Kai and Belle.
Tramway TV is an exciting new project combining film, artist conversation, digital performances and online interventions from visual artists and performance makers from Scotland and beyond. The videos are broadcast weekly via IGTV and freely accessible on Instagram for two weeks after. Some artists presenting work include Farah Saleh, Project X and Aya Kobayashi. Keep an eye on Tramway's website for more announcements and future programming.
Thanks to some of the city’s best nightlife venues, we can still enjoy our favourite music, comedy and entertainment from the comfort of our living room. There is no excuse for having a quiet weekend when there is all this to keep us occupied.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has completed its Friday Night Club series but the 15 concerts, featuring never seen before footage, are still available to watch and enjoy online. You can also view a beautiful performance of Bruckner's Locus Iste by RSNO Chorus At Home and Mairi's Wedding by RSNO Junior Chorus At Home.
The Glasgow Film Theatre is now open but they are continuing with film recommendations, discussions and plans for a new live video series, which everyone can join using #athomewithGFT. You can also help support the city's original independent cinema by making a donation, purchasing a gift voucher or becoming a member.
Glasgow is renowned for its year-round programme of colourful festivals and world-class events so it’s good news that just because we can’t be there in person, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out.
The annual Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival took place online in August with live-streaming gigs and talks, some of which are still available to watch, including Piper of the World Talks.
Scottish traditional rock band Skerryvore will perform a gig live streamed across the world on Saturday, September 5. The Celtic rock band, that was formed in Tiree, are set to wow global audiences from the stunning venue of the Clydeside Distillery.
Glasgow Mela, the city’s multi-cultural festival of music and dance normally held in Kelvingrove Park, will be going online in 2020. Live on YouTube from September 20-30, you can enjoy singing, dancing and show-stopping performances.
Glasgow Science Festival: Science on the Sofa will take place from September 9 with a free programme of hands-on activities, talks, shows, workshops and more. Be entertained and inspired from the comfort of your own sofa with content staying online until November 9, giving people plenty of time to browse.
Glasgow Doors Open Day goes digital this year, with a programme of free digital events, childrens activities, short films, webinars and workshops from 14-20 September.
We are all figuring out new ways to fill our time and what better use than to learn a new skill and build our knowledge.
Once Upon A Whisky is bringing virtual tastings to your home. In collaboration with Red Bus Bistro and The Dram Team, you can join them on a virtual tour across distilleries, regions and flavours and they will also share stories, facts, myths and of course fantastic whisky! Book in for a virtual tour and you will receive, in the post, a set of five miniatures of high-quality whisky to allow you to take part in the session.
Glasgow Distillery have launched a virtual tasting, with five whiskies delivered straight to your door for a fun and informative tasting session brought to you via your laptop - check out their website to sign up.
Glengoyne Distillery has now reopened but are still hosting their popular virtual tastings. Book a slot and your tasting kits will be delivered ahead of the event.
Check out Braw Wee for a great range of online craft workshops where you can hone your talents, from lampshade making to arm knitting. Visit their website to book a session. Sew Confident, also have online sewing classes where you can create a range of clothes from hoodies to dresses.
R-Cade, Glasgow’s retro gaming arcade, has a range of online activites planned, including streaming their day-to-day antics from the shop live on Twitch TV, as well as a number of set evenings such as community games nights and retro let's plays.
If crafting or gaming is not your thing then you could research your family history on the Mitchell Library's website or join Glasgow Libraries for free for access to some great e-resources with everything from historical newspapers to encyclopaedias and business tools. Or maybe you just want to lose yourself in a book for a few hours. With access to over 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks to members, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Many of the city's favourite pubs and restaurants have now been allowed to reopen but for those foodie spots where we can’t yet dine in, many have adapted to offer takeaway and delivery services. Check out our round-up of a selection in each neighbourhood and keep an eye on Glasgow's Best Restaurants for updates too. The Glasgow Pantry is also supporting Glasgow's favourite food and drink businesses by sharing cook-a-longs, live tasting sessions, cocktail making, recipes, cupboard challenges and more.
It's good news that many of our outdoor sports facilities are open once again but as many gyms and sports clubs are not able to get back up and running just yet, there are still other ways we can all keep active.
Glasgow Club is continuing Glasgow Club at Home with free workouts, from metafit to mindfulness to keep you healthy in body and mind. There are live-streaming classes available every day. Go to myglasgow.club/customer where you can access the live stream and the most up to date timetable.
For ideas and inspiration on how to enjoy and experience the city at the moment, check out our Glasgow Now section for articles on shopping, dining out, local neighbourhoods and more.
Article last updated: September 2020