Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum One of Scotland's most popular attractions with over 8,000 intriguing objects. FREE entry! Welcome to the official page of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
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Need some ideas to keep the kids busy when you come to visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum? Download some suggestio...
05/11/2020

Need some ideas to keep the kids busy when you come to visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum? Download some suggestions of activities and games that you can play with your household in the galleries:
https://bit.ly/35NGL4L
You can print them at home or view them on your phone and other personal devices. Please note that we won’t be able to provide a paper copy at the venue.

As school visits to Glasgow Museums are currently not possible we hope you and your class enjoy our 'Virtual Visits'! De...
02/11/2020
Learning Resources — Glasgow Life

As school visits to Glasgow Museums are currently not possible we hope you and your class enjoy our 'Virtual Visits'! Designed to support your class topic they cover different parts of the curriculum through object-based, active learning and encourage your pupils to research the topic further.

This first video focuses on one of Glasgow Museums' most popular primary school workshops; "Life and Death in Ancient Egypt" which usually takes place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and is aimed at Primary 3-7; covering SOC 2-01a. The pupils learn about every day life in Ancient Egypt, how the dead were buried and what belief system was followed . Showing the video to your class, you can stop and start throughout to allow any comments and questions and lead a separate session on the practical part of the video which focuses on making a shabti out of salt dough or clay.

For further, topic-related resources, information and high quality images to be used in class please visit

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/learning/learning-resources and http://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=1487;type=802

https://youtu.be/3PEc35UbzXs

Learning Resources — Glasgow Life

Today might be the last day of #BlackHistoryMonth 2020, but our work to celebrate Black History does not finish with it....
31/10/2020

Today might be the last day of #BlackHistoryMonth 2020, but our work to celebrate Black History does not finish with it. The GoMA Youth Group have been working with artists Ashanti Harris and Matthew Arthur Williams, discussing Black History and creative a collaborative piece to celebrate it - stay tuned to see the results of this collaboration in the upcoming weeks!

Image credit: "Doll Thomas" video still, 2019, Ashanti Harris

31/10/2020
Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Tales of Mystery and Imagination… Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for stories by Edgar Allan Poe This Halloween, Alison Brown, Curator for European Decorative Art and Design prises open the doors to one of the cupboards in the storerooms to reveal four of the creepiest works in Glasgow Museums’ collection.

Thanks to Glasgow City Heritage Trust for their support to GoMA - Glasgow Museums' project "At Home". Read more about ou...
30/10/2020
On the road to inclusivity and representation: a blog to celebrate and reflect on Black History Month, Part 2 - Glasgow City Heritage Trust

Thanks to Glasgow City Heritage Trust for their support to GoMA - Glasgow Museums' project "At Home". Read more about our approach to inclusivity and representation in their blog: https://www.glasgowheritage.org.uk/on-the-road-to-inclusivity-and-representation-a-blog-to-celebrate-and-reflect-on-black-history-month-part-2/

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

This October Glasgow City Heritage Trust celebrates Black History Month (BHM) with a series of interview blogs. Our second and last interview is with Angela Massafra and Katie Bruce from GoMA with their project “At Home”.

Art to die forOne of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre’s most iconic work is this giant pink fish. So, what is it? Our fis...
28/10/2020

Art to die for

One of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre’s most iconic work is this giant pink fish. So, what is it?

Our fish was made by the Ghanaian artist Paa Joe (real name Joseph Tetteh Ashong), whose colourful creations are shown in museums and galleries all over the world, even though most of his works are buried deep underground and will never be seen. In fact, this giant fish is a custom-built coffin.
Paa Joe has been making fantasy coffins since 1976, part of a tradition in Ghana known as abebuu adekai. A pink fish is just one of the options available for your choice of final resting place. From their workshop in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, Paa Joe and his son Jacob make coffins of all sizes and shapes to carry their customers into the next life in style. Families commission the coffins to celebrate the status, profession or passions of the deceased, such as a Mercedes Benz for a businessman, a cocoa pod for a farmer, a bible, a camera, or even a giant sneaker.
One of the first fantasy coffins ever made was in the form of an aeroplane, made in the 1950s by two brothers for their grandmother, who had always dreamt of flying in a plane.
A fisherman or fishmonger might be buried a boat, a shell, a lobster or colourful fish such as this. Just in case you’re wondering, Paa Joe also makes his coffins for sale to art galleries around the world and so this fish was not made to be used!
#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2020

Photo: A.2011.23 Fantasy Coffin from Ghana, GMRC, Glasgow Museums.

Glasgow has changed beyond recognition since the late 1950’s, as skillfully captured in more than 3,500 photographs take...
28/10/2020

Glasgow has changed beyond recognition since the late 1950’s, as skillfully captured in more than 3,500 photographs taken by the late, amateur photographer Eric Watt. These were generously gifted to the city by Eric’s family.

Around 100 incredible images are presented in a new book, Coming Into View: Eric Watt's Photographs of Glasgow, an evocative collection of photographs that reveal different aspects of the city he grew up in from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Order now for £12.99 from BookSource

27/10/2020
Creation - Tom Deko

This story, linked to the sculpture “Creation” by Tom Deko (b.1965) from Bena, Papa New Guinea, is on display in Kelvingrove’s Expressions Court. It is made from recycled metal.

Two brothers lived in a valley far away in Papua New Guinea. They played happily together in the forest until one day, some giants came over the mountain to rob and steal for themselves. The giants were the first humanlike beings to inhabit the earth but were not fully human.
The brothers tried their hardest to defend their forest, but the younger brother was killed. The older brother was very sad. He planted a seed where his brother was buried and carefully watered the seed every day. A tiny shoot appeared and the boy watched the seedling day and night, crying for his brother. Every day he watered it, and the shoot grew bigger until it became a beautiful tree. A friendly bird of paradise came and perched on top to keep the boy company.
One day, he saw a crack appearing in the trunk. The crack grew bigger and wider. The older brother watched eagerly when suddenly the tree trunk burst wide open! Nestled inside the trunk was his younger brother - alive! As he helped his younger brother out of the tree, the older brother brushed away his tears of sorrow as happiness and joy returned.
Happy that they were together again, the brothers mustered all their strength to chase the giants away. It took them a long time, but eventually they got rid of the giants and brought peace back to their valley.

Images © Tom Deko

Today we are looking at some recent collecting activity in Glasgow Museums for exhibitions at GoMA - Glasgow Museums tha...
26/10/2020
Gallery Of Modern Art (GoMA) GlasgowAt Home – Collection Musings / Black History Month

Today we are looking at some recent collecting activity in Glasgow Museums for exhibitions at GoMA - Glasgow Museums that recognise the significant contributions of Black artists in Scotland and relate to wider collection conversations in Glasgow Museums. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2020

Read our latest blog post:
https://galleryofmodernart.blog/portfolio/at-home-collection-musings-black-history-month/

It is Black History Month and for this musings post we are looking at some recent collecting activity in Glasgow Museums for exhibitions at GoMA that recognise the significant contributions of Black artists in Scotland and relate to wider collection conversations in Glasgow Museums.

25/10/2020
We are in the same boat, brother

We’re in the same boat, brother
We’re in the same boat, brother
And if you shake one end
You’re gonna rock the other
It’s the same boat, brother
© 1944 Harburg and Robinson

As a young student the 1960s New York, the Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika befriended African American blues singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
Hazarika translated the song by Paul Robeson 'We’re in the same boat, brother' in Assamese, then took this song back to Assam where it has become an anthem of unity and peace, inspiring the work of artists such as Siva Prasad Marar.

"I have always liked this song and my work ‘We Are In The Same Boat, Brother’, is totally inspired by the song. I try to show the mix, that we should all live together. Even though people are different, we are in the same boat here.’
Siva Prasad Marar, 2013

We Are In The Same Boat Brother, 2010
Siva Prasad Marar, Assam, India
S.473
Acquired through the Art Fund’s RENEW programme with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

25/10/2020

There is currently a problem with the online ticket booking for Kelvingrove Museum. We are working on it and hope to resolve it quickly. If you are trying to book tickets to visit Kelvingrove please try again later. We will let you know as soon as the issue has been resolved. Sorry for an inconvenience.

24/10/2020
Anna Pavlova by John Lavery

Only one week and Halloween will be upon us! Windows all around the city are already being decorated with ghosts and pumpkins and all kinds of spookiness.

This year, however, we will miss the throngs of costumed children guising on the streets, offering their songs and jokes in exchange for sweets at the doors.

Without Halloween parties, adults too will miss the opportunity to dress up in their best home-made costumes.

If you did feel like showing off your costume making skills, we reckon there is some pretty good inspiration here!

We will post again on Halloween’s day if you want to share your costumes with us!

It's been great to see so many happy visitors over the last few weeks 😃 We look forward to welcoming you over the weeken...
23/10/2020

It's been great to see so many happy visitors over the last few weeks 😃 We look forward to welcoming you over the weekend, please remember to book in advance.
https://bit.ly/30WrHAH?

Beautiful sunny afternoon here at Kelvingrove! #kelvingrove #glasgow #kelvingrovemuseum
23/10/2020

Beautiful sunny afternoon here at Kelvingrove!

#kelvingrove #glasgow #kelvingrovemuseum

21/10/2020
Where the sun never sets

‘...I go back to Africa to make an open path for commerce and Christianity...’
Dr David Livingstone, Cambridge, 1857.

During the second half of the 19th century, European countries changed from ruling their colonies through mass settlement to controlling natural resources by political and military means. At the core of European imperialism lay the belief that human suffering could only be eased by introducing genuine and legitimate commerce along with good government guided by Christian principles. How was this idea of combining Christianity, commerce and civilisation for humane causes regarded by millions of colonised peoples across the world? Explore our online exhibition for a snapshot.

In this podcast, curators Harry Dunlop and Dr Anthony Lewis discuss the legacies of slavery within Glasgow Museums. They...
20/10/2020
Season 1 Episode 1: Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums and Collections | Glasgow Museums Podcast

In this podcast, curators Harry Dunlop and Dr Anthony Lewis discuss the legacies of slavery within Glasgow Museums. They explore the history of some of the prominent objects within the collection, as well as examining the ways in which museums are encouraging debate around the subject. The podcast is also available on Apple, Google and Spotify, search for Glasgow Museums.

https://bit.ly/3bAHGrP

#BHM2020 #BlackHistoryMonth #SlaveryMadeGlasgow

Learning and Access Curator, Harry Dunlop discusses the legacies of slavery within Glasgow Museums and Collections, with Curator of Scottish History, Dr. Anthony Lewis. They explore the history of som

This small copper coin was a trade token. Dated 1788, it was used in the Barbados instead of money to purchase goods fro...
19/10/2020

This small copper coin was a trade token. Dated 1788, it was used in the Barbados instead of money to purchase goods from plantation stores. It has been in Glasgow Museums' collections since 1877, but it had not been originally recorded as being relevant to slavery history, nor has ever been interpreted by Caribbean and African people.
On one side it shows the bust of an enslaved African person wearing a plumed crown with the motto "I serve". As well as backing slavery, this image cites Prince George, implying royal support for the British slave trade. On the other side is a pineapple, a fruit which grew in the Caribbeans and was cultivated in elite British greenhouse gardens. While to some it represented hospitality, it is also a clear symbol of the profits gained by the British elites from the exploitation of slavery.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #SlaveryMadeGlasgow

GoMA - Glasgow Museums has innate ties to slavery as it was originally built in 1778 as a townhouse by William Cunningha...
18/10/2020
Gallery Of Modern Art (GoMA) GlasgowLegacies of Empire in GoMA’s Handling Kit

GoMA - Glasgow Museums has innate ties to slavery as it was originally built in 1778 as a townhouse by William Cunninghame, one of Glasgow’s most prominent eighteenth century merchants. He had significant interests in both the Virginia tobacco trade and the West Indies sugar trade, owning the Grandvale plantation in Westmoreland, Jamaica, where three hundred enslaved men, women and children were forced to extract the produce that allowed Cunninghame to become even richer.
To mark #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re offering a glimpse into our object handling kit, where you can learn about objects in our collection that have connections to the trade in enslaved African people.

https://galleryofmodernart.blog/portfolio/legacies-of-empire-in-gomas-handling-kit/

The Gallery of Modern Art has innate ties to slavery as it was originally built in 1778 as a townhouse by William Cunninghame, one of Glasgow’s most prominent eighteenth century merchants. To mark Black History Month, we’re offering a glimpse into our object handling kit, where you can learn abo...

17/10/2020
Anna Pavlova by John Lavery

In two weeks Halloween will be upon us! Windows all around the city are already being decorated with ghosts and pumpkins and all kinds of spookiness.

This year, however, we will miss the sight of costumed children guising round the streets, offering their songs and jokes in exchange for sweets at the doors.

Without Halloween parties, adults too will miss the opportunity to dress up in their best home-made costumes.

If you did feel like showing off your costume making skills, we reckon there is some pretty good inspiration here!

We will post again on Halloween’s day, if you want to share your costumes with us!

We are very lucky. The sun is shining in Glasgow again today! And the schools are still on holiday. Lots of us will be o...
16/10/2020

We are very lucky. The sun is shining in Glasgow again today! And the schools are still on holiday. Lots of us will be out walking or in our gardens making the most of the weather.

This two thousand year old statue was found by someone making a rock garden near Wishaw, in 1967. You can see two faces in the image, but there is actually a third which is hidden. The carving may be three gods. Or it may be three images of the same god.

What a beautiful day here in Glasgow! Perfect day for painting outdoors.S.J Peploe painted this seaside scene in Berneva...
15/10/2020

What a beautiful day here in Glasgow! Perfect day for painting outdoors.

S.J Peploe painted this seaside scene in Berneval-le-Grand in Normandy in 1904. He would have painted outdoors and fairly quickly. The paint is thick and fluid, only loosely suggesting fashionable holidaymakers, white chalky cliffs and the deep blue of sea and sky.

You can find this painting in the Scottish Colourists gallery in Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Why not have a look for it next time you are in?

S.J Peploe, Berneval, c 1904, © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

14/10/2020
Ancient Egyptian Shabti

Ancient Egyptians believed the afterlife was a lot like this one, only a little better. They filled their tombs with things they thought they would need.

Shabti dolls represent servants that could assist in the afterlife. Make your on shabti with salt dough or air drying clay.

Does your granny have a pair of Wally Dugs on the mantlepiece? Do you know what ‘wally’ means? What other things were al...
13/10/2020

Does your granny have a pair of Wally Dugs on the mantlepiece? Do you know what ‘wally’ means? What other things were also wally?

12/10/2020
Alberta Whittle

To celebrate Black History Month, the team at GoMA have chosen Alberta Whittle as inspiration for a colourful October half-term activity. Alberta is a Glasgow-based artist who works across film, sculpture, collage and choreographed installation to reflect her Scottish-Caribbean heritage (she was born in Barbados) and her interest in migrating cultures. She has spoken openly about the erasure of black people in everyday society and why the #BlackLivesMatter movement is now more important than ever.
Get inspired by Alberta Whittle’s work in GoMA’s 2018 exhibition “Inner City” to make your own colourful collage.

Remembering 9 October 1993 when Nelson Mandela came to Glasgow to receive the Freedom of Nine Cities. He’d spent 27 year...
09/10/2020

Remembering 9 October 1993 when Nelson Mandela came to Glasgow to receive the Freedom of Nine Cities. He’d spent 27 years in prison for actively opposing South Africa’s apartheid regime of racial segregation.

The following day he signed an event poster in our collection:
‘To the People of Glasgow.
Compliments to a city whose residents regard the entire world as the battleground for the maintenance of human rights.
N Mandela 10.10.93’

Nelson Mandela is remembered as an inspirational role model, civil rights activist and social justice campaigner. He became South Africa’s first black head of state, elected in the country’s first democratic election.

Primary teachers interested in exploring the life Nelson Mandela with their class can utilise a new teaching resource created by WOSDEC: https://wosdec.org.uk/our-resources/when-mandela-danced-in-the-square/
This History, Literacy and Global Citizenship resource explores Scotland’s connection with Nelson Mandela and supports learners to feel empowered to take action on issues of importance to them today. It was commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation.

Images: Free Nelson Mandela poster and badge, Glasgow Museums.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

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Argyle Street
Glasgow
G4 0QW

First Bus : 9,23,42,62,100,747 Underground : Kelvinhall Overground : Exhibition Centre or Partick

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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Visited today with my 3 year old grandson. I wish the website, which I checked before booking our tickets, had warned me that every single seat in the Galleries had been removed, including the fold up stools, and that any potential place for sitting down had been blocked off, or had something placed on it to ensure no one could rest for a few minutes. As noted on the website, no cafe or packed lunch facility is available, so no chance of a rest there either. Granted, all the galleries and viewing areas were open, And staff on site were very courteous and helpful, but I found myself constantly having to explain to my grandson that, no, he couldn’t go there, or that area he usually enjoys so much is blocked off. Why not just acknowledge on the website that Kelvingrove is currently not suitable for those with very young children, who may want to have lunch at lunchtime, or any older person who might need to sit down occasionally.
Hi Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - we are so lucky to have the museum open and not even the covid conditions can stop the joy it brings, as Chloe spontaneously showed at the weekend! Thank you! 🥰
Granddaughters Tammy and Leah July 2014... Funny girls...
My Granddaughters Tammy and Leah in July 2014 they were being very jovial all around the museum that day... lol...
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This week's localartandcraft.uk special Guest Artist Of The Week is Rachel List, aka the girl who did the thing aka #RadGurlToTheRescue #banksy #notbanksy https://localartandcraft.uk/artist-of-the-week-rachel-list/
Hi Kelvingrove - please help me find the original of this Peploe copy - I’ve looked everywhere on the internet without success. I’m sure the source for the copy was from a card purchased at Kelvingrove.
Hello, I hope the museum will be able to open soon. I have a question about annual art competition. The due date for this year's is 29th of May. My son would like to submit his art work that he managed to finish before the lockdown, but if the museum stay closed, what would be the best way to submit? Any suggestion?
Can't believe a Museum that hosts over at least 5,000 visitors over a weekend is still open to the public whilst Coronavirus is rife.
Thank you so much to the lovely member of the public who handed in my daughters phone at the event tonight - and the amazingly patient and helpful staff who helped me get it back on what was an extremely busy evening - your kindness is much appreciated 😊
Kelvingrove amazing.
Hi, is the Christmas music event back this year? We went every year with family and friends and it was the highlight of festive season! Thanks