Arts & Culture

Creativity thrives in Glasgow - it's home to no less than five of Scotland's six internationally renowned national performing arts companies!

Arts & Culture

Named European City of Culture in 1990 and more than twenty years after the prestigious accolade catapulted the city into the cultural limelight, Glasgow's current vibrant arts scene demonstrates that the city's creativity is endless. This has been further reinforced by Glasgow being awarded the accolade of UNESCO City of Music and appointed to its Creative Cities Network. 


As well as being home to the national performing arts organisations Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Theatre of Scotland, BBC Scottish Symphony OrchestraScottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, Glasgow is also blazing an internationally acclaimed trail in contemporary art, design and music.

Glasgow is renowned for its remarkable museum offering and is also proud to have one of Europe’s largest civic arts collections with works by Dali, Van Gogh, Degas and Monet available to view for free in some of the city’s iconic venues including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum.


No fewer than six Turner Prize winners and twelve Turner Prize nominees have hailed from, trained in, or worked out of the city in recent years. Glasgow’s Tramway hosted the 2015 Turner Prize – the first time the prestigious exhibition and award was presented in Scotland. See more of Glasgow's art scene and find out the best places to enjoy art, featuring everything from street art murals to prized Rembrandts!