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Galleries in Glasgow

Galleries in Glasgow

Galleries in Glasgow

Home to the famous Glasgow School of Art and many Turner Prize winners, Glasgow wears its creativity on its sleeve. Explore art and design in the city's best galleries.

Tramway

A former tram depot, Tramway was turned into an internationally-acclaimed venue for contemporary visual and performing art as part of Glasgow’s year as City of Culture 1990. An international art space which commissions, produces and presents contemporary arts projects, Tramway is also home to the Hidden Gardens. Visit tramway.org to learn more.

The Modern Institute

Once described by Art Review as ‘a model for galleries around the world’, The Modern Institute champions cutting edge minds. Since 1997 the gallery has nurtured some big names including Martin Boyce, Jim Lambie, Anne Collier, Richard Wright and Cathy Wilkes. Visit themoderninstitute.com for opening times.

Centre for Contemporary Arts

Housed in a building designed by Victorian architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is another popular creative hub with a year-round programme including cutting-edge exhibitions, film and performance. They also have a café and bar which is popular with the locals. Head to the CCA's website to find out what's on.

Gallery of Modern Art

A close-up of the traingular mirrored mosaic that sits above the Gallery of Modern Art's signage. The mosaic includes colourful designs of a bird, bell, tree, fish and St Mungo.

Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) hosts exhibitions by acclaimed local and international artists. A former home of a rich tobacco merchant, the building itself is stunning. It's also a hub for the biennial Glasgow International, which displays in venues across the city. Visit glasgowlife.org.uk to find out more.

Transmission Gallery

Founded by Glasgow School of Art graduates, Transmission Gallery is housed in the Trongate 103 facility. More than a gallery, they work with artists to host exhibitions, events and residencies. In fact, their voluntary committee has included the likes of Martin Boyce, Hannan Jones and Camara Taylor. Find out more at transmissiongallery.org.

Street Level Photoworks

Another tenant of Trongate 103, Street Level Photoworks is one of the key hubs for Glasgow’s creative community. Pay a visit for inspiring photography for all from both local and international artists. Whether you want to engage with, create or buy, you will be warmly welcomed. See what's on at streetlevelphotoworks.org.

Glasgow Print Studio

A neighbour of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow Print Studio is known for supporting artists' printmaking. Spread across 3 floors, the space hosts a custom-built print studio, as well as teaching areas. Explore the 2 exhibition spaces filled with everything from lithographs to screenprints. Find out what's on at gpsart.co.uk.

Hunterian Art Gallery

The Hunterian Art Gallery is full of showstoppers. It houses the largest permanent display of work by Whistler as well as an impressive collection of Mackintosh pieces. Other highlights include paintings from the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists, Rubens and Rembrandt. Visit gla.ac.uk to find out more.

David Dale Gallery

Opened by Glasgow School of Art graduates in 2009, the David Dale Gallery is located in the east end of the city. The gallery prides itself on offering a supportive environment for young emerging artists to develop and display work. Not only are the exhibitions impressive, the courtyard bar is well worth a visit too. Follow the gallery's instagram to find out what's on.

Article last updated: September 2022

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