Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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'Rizz'Oxford University Press word of the year.Definition: style, charm or attractiveness, derived from ‘charisma’. 😃Des...
06/12/2023

'Rizz'
Oxford University Press word of the year.
Definition: style, charm or attractiveness, derived from ‘charisma’. 😃

Described by her contemporaries as the ‘dark vivid type’, we reckon that Scottish artist Dorothy Carleton Smyth had rizz. 😍💥

Look at her bold, cheeky smile and raised eyebrows in this 1920s self-portrait. DCS could have charmed anyone. 🙌

She was bold and original. And smart too. 🎨 An artist and costume designer, she made her own clothes and worked for companies in London and Paris. In 1933 she was appointed Glasgow School of Art’s first female Director but tragically died before taking up the post.

What do you think? Does she have it? 👍👎



Dorothy Carleton Smyth, ‘Self Portrait’, 1921, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

06/12/2023

Nothing to see here 👀 just our lovely conservation team making our Cranston tearoom display all nice and sparkly before Christmas 🎄 Did you know?... Dust is a great food source for small insects, which can damage our collection 🐜 Here, the team can be seen cleaning the display as a means of preventive conservation. What tableware do you like to use at Christmas? 🍽

We're delighted to share that Alasdair Gray's Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties has its new home in Kelvingrove Art ...
05/12/2023

We're delighted to share that Alasdair Gray's Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties has its new home in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Gray credited his fledging love of painting to a weekend art class at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, so it's a circular moment that one of his most magnificent works, and what he described as “my best big oil painting”, has found a home here.

You can see this iconic artwork now in the Looking at Art Gallery.

Find out more ⤵️

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum/alasdair-grays-cowcaddens-will-have-its-new-home-in-kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum

Credit line: Alasdair Gray. Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties, © The Estate of Alasdair Gray, 1964, oil (and mixed media) on board. Purchased with a grant from the National Fund for Acquisitions, 2023. ID no: 3795

Feeling the chill? 🥶 Warm up with one of our delicious hot drinks from our festive menu 🎄 Praline Flat White, Gingerbrea...
04/12/2023

Feeling the chill? 🥶 Warm up with one of our delicious hot drinks from our festive menu 🎄 Praline Flat White, Gingerbread Latte and Mulled Hot Chocolate ☕ Mmmm… 😋 Available for the whole of December!

God Jul! 😃Jultomten is a cheerful gnome-like character from Swedish folklore who wears a red pointed hat, rides a sleigh...
03/12/2023

God Jul! 😃

Jultomten is a cheerful gnome-like character from Swedish folklore who wears a red pointed hat, rides a sleigh and delivers presents to Swedish children on Christmas Eve. In gratitude, children leave a bowl of porridge for him at their front door. 🎅

❄️🏔️ Here he is losing his hat as he speeds down a snowy mountainside with a miniature Christmas tree in his hand. 🎄 Inscribed in Swedish is the festive message, ‘God Jul’ which means ‘Merry Christmas’.

This Christmas mat was made by Czech Holocaust survivor Marianne Grant after the war when she was a refugee in Sweden. It shows how she continued to bring joy through her art, particularly to children. 😍



Marianne Grant, ‘Swedish Christmas Mat’, 1946-51. © The family of Marianne Grant.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of John Patrick Byrne, a genius at whatever he turned his hand to.  From fin...
01/12/2023

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of John Patrick Byrne, a genius at whatever he turned his hand to. From fine art to murals, from theatre, television and film writing to set design, he combined it all with a dapper fashion sense. Byrne’s impressive, vast body of work rightly made him a cultural icon but first and foremost, Byrne was a painter and Glasgow Life Museums are fortunate enough to hold multiple works by him in the City’s collection.

Last year Glasgow Life Museums mounted a retrospective, 'John Patrick Byrne - A Big Adventure' at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The exhibition was one of the most successful and loved shows in recent years. We are pleased and honoured to have worked with Byrne to produce the show. The exhibition could only show a small part of what was an extraordinary career. We hope other institutions across the country will follow in celebrating Byrne and his many talents.
Martin Craig, Curator of Art Post 1945 with Glasgow Life Museums

📣 Nature, Science and Empire tour of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Saturday 2 December 🦍😀Are you interested in how...
29/11/2023

📣 Nature, Science and Empire tour of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Saturday 2 December 🦍😀

Are you interested in how science, empire and nature interact? 🔎🔬🦜🌳Join us on Saturday to discover more about animals on display and their connections to colonialism. 🌍 🚢💰

This curatorial tour starts at 11:30am and will last about an hour. 🐘

Book your place using the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-science-and-empire-tickets-753166610607

Discover some of the histories behind the zoology collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and their connections to colonialism.

It’s the Tea Green Festive Market this weekend at Kelvingrove! Discover an incredible line up of Scotland’s creative tal...
28/11/2023

It’s the Tea Green Festive Market this weekend at Kelvingrove!

Discover an incredible line up of Scotland’s creative talent and secure the perfect Christmas gift.

MORE INFO ⤵️
https://www.teagreen.co.uk/kelvingrove

📢 Have you seen the new artwork by artist Aqsa Arif? 👀😍'Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard)' is the culmination of a ye...
27/11/2023

📢 Have you seen the new artwork by artist Aqsa Arif? 👀😍

'Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard)' is the culmination of a year-long residency at Kelvingrove, supported as part of the national commissioning project, 20/20 - led by the UAL Decolonising Arts Institute and supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Freelands Foundation and University of the Arts London. 😃

'Anam Ki Almari' is Aqsa's most substantial undertaking to date. The film installation and ceramic works delve into themes of South Asian ornamentalism with the museum, uncovering the narratives behind the objects within their collections. For the artist, exploring South Asian rituals, traditions, and the collective act of creation has been a profoundly cathartic way to challenge and reclaim the colonial gaze. 🧞‍♀️👍

As part of the research for the residency, Aqsa organised workshops looking at specific South Asian objects. These unveiled their meanings and histories, inspiring the film’s stories. She is very grateful to the Glendale Women’s Cafe, the Glasgow Sitare Singing Group and Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) for working with her. We would also like to thank Mount Stuart, Bute and the Glasgow Botanic Gardens glasshouses for support with the filming, and Aqsa’s film production team at Goldie Luck Productions and Blazing Griffin.



Aqsa Arif 'Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard)’, 2023. Photo Glasgow Museums, courtesy & © the artist.

23/11/2023

The Glasgow City of Empire display is open now at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, exploring the legacies of slavery and how they have shaped modern Glasgow, through objects from the Collection.

This permanent display offers a chance to open up conversation surrounding these legacies and help us develop future displays. Also on display is Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard) by Aqsa Arif.

If you’ve seen the display, we’d love to hear your thoughts…

Have your say⤵️

https://surveys.glasgowlife.org.uk/s/21PXX6/

Image 1 description: Brightly coloured painting of two white men in police uniform holding a knife and a bat with four African men in front of them, one of whom is lying on the ground bleeding from his neck, another has been struck on the head with a knife.

© Steven Siyaya artist, Policemen Murdering African Men, 1989, Purchased, 1989

Image 2 description: Poster featuring an illustration of Nelson Mandela in black and white with a smile on his face and his right arm raised with an open palm. The text on the poster says ‘Freedom of nine cities Nelson Mandela George Square, Glasgow, Saturday 9 October 1pm’.

Maker: Scottish Committee, Anti–Apartheid Movement

Image 3 description: Close up of two hands outstretched with henna patterns on the fingertips and front of the hands. Each wrist has an ornate golden bracelet.

Copyright: Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard) by Aqsa Arif, © and courtesy of the artist

Image 4 description: Large yellow and blue block with ornate bright patterns and three main panels with screens in the centre playing three separate broadcasts. There is a blue chair in the foreground.

Copyright: Anam Ki Almari (The Trophy Cupboard) by Aqsa Arif, © and courtesy of the artist

Image 5 description: A golden sculpture of a warrior queen astride a horse, carrying an upraised sword in her right hand, a round shield on her left arm with a child on her back.

Dhokra sculpture / Rani of Jhansi © Ramu and Shubho Karmakar

📢 Visit our newly released virtual tour featuring 📷 photographs, text, and audio recordings where people shown in the po...
17/11/2023

📢 Visit our newly released virtual tour featuring 📷 photographs, text, and audio recordings where people shown in the portraits of photographer Karen Gordon tell their stories of migration to Scotland.

The tour is part of the 'Putting Ourselves in the Picture' exhibition co-curated with Migrant Voice. Click on the link, sit back and enjoy the tour: https://app.smartify.org/en-GB/tours/migrant-voices. 😃

We hope that this virtual tour will make the exhibition accessible to those who may be unable to visit the gallery in person. You can also enhance your experience at the gallery by accessing the tour via the QR code displayed on the wall there. Visit the gallery to see the remaining portraits and a series of photographs taken by those who have made Scotland their home.

The 'Putting Ourselves in the Picture' project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.



Migrant Voice virtual tour. Copyright Karen Gordon 2023.

The following audio tour was produced as part of the Putting Ourselves in the Picture ...

📢 😃 A new display co-curated with Colourful Heritage opens on Armistice Day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, explo...
11/11/2023

📢 😃 A new display co-curated with Colourful Heritage opens on Armistice Day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, exploring the contribution made by South Asians – mainly from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - during World War II, whether serving in the British Indian Army or supporting the war effort on the home front in Glasgow.

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum/glaswegasians



Henry Lamb, 'Driver Abdul Ghani, 1941, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

📢 Today Dali’s famous painting ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ goes on display at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figuere...
06/11/2023

📢 Today Dali’s famous painting ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ goes on display at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain. 😃

Returning to Dali’s native country for the first time since it was painted in 1951, 🎨 the artwork forms the centre of an exhibition exploring its creation by the Surrealist master.

🏛️ Normally on display in Kelvingrove, the painting was a controversial purchase by Glasgow Museums in 1952. Today it is one of the city’s most beloved artworks. 😍

The exhibition, which includes previously-unseen archival material, runs until the end of April 2024.



Salvador Dali, 'Christ of Saint John of the Cross', 1951, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

03/11/2023

Rhona from the Kelvingrove team captured organist Paul Carroll playing the theme tune from Friends in tribute to Matthew Perry, who sadly died recently.

We posted news coverage earlier in the week but thought this extended clip was worth sharing 🤗

A lovely moment 🧡

📣 Open now: A new permanent display looking at Glasgow’s links to slavery and colonialism.Glasgow – City of Empire explo...
03/11/2023

📣 Open now: A new permanent display looking at Glasgow’s links to slavery and colonialism.

Glasgow – City of Empire explores how the city’s past and present have been shaped by histories of slavery and Empire and their legacies.

Find the display on the South Balcony upstairs.

More on our website:

Glasgow – City of Empire explores how the city’s past and present have been heavily shaped by histories of slavery and Empire, and their legacies.

Have you heard of the Spiral Stair Spirit of Kelvingrove? 👻 Some staff believe there is the spirit of a woman wearing a ...
31/10/2023

Have you heard of the Spiral Stair Spirit of Kelvingrove? 👻 Some staff believe there is the spirit of a woman wearing a red coat residing in a spiral staircase leading to the turrets inaccessible to the public. They tell the story that in the '90s, one of their colleagues worked late after the museum was closed to the public. He was finishing up for the evening and went to the staff area next to the spiral stairs to change out of his work shoes to go home. When he sat down to change his shoes, he noticed something out of the corner of his eye. He looked up towards the stairs to see the ghost of an old lady in a red coat staring at him, slowly moving towards him. In a panic, the man leapt out of his seat and ran out of the building, leaving his shoes behind. The building was thoroughly searched, but no trace of the woman could be found. The man was so frightened that he never returned to Kelvingrove and had to ask someone to retrieve his shoes. Others say they have seen the lady in the red coat and that she is not the only spirit to haunt Kelvingrove. Some say there is a ghost in the education wing, and footsteps can be heard at night in the Dutch Art gallery. Who do you think the Spiral Stair Spirit could be? Have you had any paranormal experiences at Kelvingrove? Happy Halloween! 🎃Mwahahaha! 🧛‍♂️

Image descriptions: Photo of Kelvingrove as night falls. Photo of the spiral staircase.

Industrial action update –  Friday 27 OctoberKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (Friday 27 October)...
27/10/2023

Industrial action update – Friday 27 October

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (Friday 27 October). All other museums remain open.

Further info on the website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

Industrial action update –  Thursday 26 October.Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (Thursday 26 Oct...
26/10/2023

Industrial action update – Thursday 26 October.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (Thursday 26 October). All other museums remain open.

Further info on the website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

Industrial action update – Wednesday 25 October.The Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow M...
25/10/2023

Industrial action update – Wednesday 25 October.

The Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre will be closed today (Wednesday 25 October). All other museums remain open.

Further info on the website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

Due to strike action by Unison involving some of our Museums and Collections staff, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum w...
24/10/2023

Due to strike action by Unison involving some of our Museums and Collections staff, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (Tuesday 24 October).

We will post further updates here and on our website. Our museums will reopen as normal on Saturday 28 October. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

Due to strike action by Unison involving some of our Museums and Collections staff, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum w...
23/10/2023

Due to strike action by Unison involving some of our Museums and Collections staff, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed today (23 October).

We will post further updates here and on our website. Our museums will reopen as normal on Saturday 28 October. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We’re anticipating disruption, including potential closures, across our museums from Mon-Fri, 23-27 Oct due to strike ac...
19/10/2023

We’re anticipating disruption, including potential closures, across our museums from Mon-Fri, 23-27 Oct due to strike action by Unison. We will post further updates here & on our website. Our museums will open as normal on Sat 28 Oct. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum

Walt Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As a child, Czech Jewish artist Marianne Grant loved the car...
18/10/2023

Walt Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As a child, Czech Jewish artist Marianne Grant loved the cartoons of Walt Disney, particularly Mickey Mouse, who had made his screen debut in 1928. 📽️😀👍

While imprisoned in Auschwitz in 1943-44 Marianne volunteered as a youth leader and, along with her friend Dina Gottliebová, decorated the walls of the windowless Children’s Block. They painted Mickey Mouse, Bambi and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – ‘Snow White’ was released in Czechoslovakia in September 1938 and may well have been one of the last films they saw before Jews were banned from attending the cinema. 😞

Marianne and Dina created a virtual window to a child’s wonderland, countering the reality of Auschwitz. None of Marianne’s Auschwitz artworks survive but in 1997 she recreated the mural for an exhibition, ‘No Child’s Play’ at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. 🧒

You can see Marianne’s Holocaust artwork on display in Kelvingrove in the Conflict and Consequence gallery.



Marianne Grant, Recreation of decoration for the Children’s Block, Auschwitz, 1997, for ‘No Child’s Play’, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. © The family of Marianne Grant.

Marianne Grant, ‘Inside the Dwelling Hut’, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, 1945, watercolour on paper. © The family of Marianne Grant.

Lavery’s painting of Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova gives us a fascinating insight into the creative process of the ...
17/10/2023

Lavery’s painting of Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova gives us a fascinating insight into the creative process of the artist. Although initially completed around 1911, Lavery continued to make changes to the painting over the next decade. It was finally finished in 1923, exactly 100 years ago.😍👍

Begun in 1910 to celebrate the success of Pavlova’s introduction to the London stage, Lavery was keen to capture the energy and expressiveness of the dancer’s movements in the artificial lighting of a theatrical setting.🩰🎭

📸 Contemporary photographs of Pavlova in costume show her with a large finely woven red scarf with embroidered spots. In the painting, Lavery applied rapid strokes and small spots of thick oil paint in yellows, pinks and reds to express the lightness and texture of the fabric.🎨The painting was exhibited many times with this large scarf. But then the artist painted it out, perhaps unhappy with the balance of the composition. Still dissatisfied, in December 1923 he reinstated the scarf but on a smaller scale, just before its sale to Nicol P. Browne, who donated the work to Glasgow Museums.🏛️

When looking at the painting now, it is possible to make out the earlier, painted-out scarf in the background beneath the current one. Looking closely, the yellow, pink and red spots are still visible beneath the grey-purple top layer.🖌️



left: John Lavery, ‘Anna Pavlova’, about 1910-11, retouched by the artist 1923, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

right: ‘Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Mordkin in New York’, about 1910, photograph.

A wonder of modern conservation! 😮🎨John Lavery’s painting ‘Anna Pavlova’ has been off display in Kelvingrove since 2022 ...
16/10/2023

A wonder of modern conservation! 😮🎨

John Lavery’s painting ‘Anna Pavlova’ has been off display in Kelvingrove since 2022 in order to receive expert treatment from Glasgow Museums’ conservation team in Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. 😍

Working from both sides of the canvas, painting conservators Suzanne Ross and Hazel Neill painstakingly realigned fibres around a tear, then using magnification 🔍 adhered the fibres together, adding missing threads where necessary. Moisture treatment was used to smooth deformations. The painting was then strip-lined around the edges and re-stretched over a supporting additional fabric layer. The painting was surface cleaned and the line along the tear was filled and skilfully retouched to integrate it with the rest. 🖌️

Sophie Kostin and Lindsay Gordon, our frames conservators, along with our specialist art handling technicians, then refitted the painting into a newly adapted frame with specialist glazing to protect this much-loved painting now back on display in Kelvingrove looking better than ever. 🔲



John Lavery, ‘Anna Pavlova’, about 1910-11, retouched by the artist 1923, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

To celebrate the gorgeous painting of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova by John Lavery returning to Kelvingrove today, our tale...
13/10/2023

To celebrate the gorgeous painting of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova by John Lavery returning to Kelvingrove today, our talented chefs, Kelly 👩‍🍳 and Derek 👨‍🍳, have recognised it just so happens also to be World Egg Day 🥚 and are celebrating by serving up a special seasonal baked apple, pecan and maple pavlova 🍰 The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer following her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Our chefs have created their own Scottish take on the dessert using seasonal fruit, locally sourced cream and free-range eggs. Serving all this week! Feeling peckish? 🐔



Image description: Three photographs overlapping. An image of a pavlova topped with sliced baked apples, cream, pecans and mint leaves. A colourful picture of the painting of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova dancing in a white dress and an orange-red piece of fabric. A photograph of a male and female chef standing in front of a sandstone wall holding the same pavlova dish in the photo next to it.

Image credit: Anna Pavlova by John Lavery 1910-11 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

12/10/2023

Don't miss out on a piece of fashion history! The Mary Quant exhibition at Kelvingrove is wrapping up 22nd Oct, and you have one last chance to immerse yourself in the revolutionary world of 1960s style. 👗✨

🎟️ Book your tickets now (also available to purchase on the door) and catch a glimpse of the past before it's gone:

https://tickets.glasgowlife.org.uk/overview/29741?queueittoken=e_11102023~q_98d09cc8-4b5f-4c5d-999b-e58f6ae4f081~ts_1697122296~ce_true~rt_safetynet~h_5ec225cbea5b1963892af6811311a300e1e6cf92eca429312a9b508295ec2271

Hurry, time's ticking away! ⏳ Don't let this opportunity strut on by.

A beach scene. Sailing boats on the sea. A barefooted girl pulls a toddler in a cart through the dunes. The child in the...
10/10/2023

A beach scene. Sailing boats on the sea. A barefooted girl pulls a toddler in a cart through the dunes.

The child in the cart may look happy but the older girl’s expression is careworn and weary. As well as looking after her younger sibling, she has been collecting firewood.

Today is World Mental Health Day. Children and adults in low-income households are two to three times more like to develop mental health problems. Young carers often look after a family member to the detriment of their own mental and emotional wellbeing. Research shows that 38% of young carers report having a mental health condition.



Bernard Blommers, ‘On the Dunes’, c.1875-1901, oil on panel. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Our Shared Cultural Heritage - The Finale - Saturday and Sunday 7/8 October at Kelvingrove Join us for a special weekend...
05/10/2023

Our Shared Cultural Heritage - The Finale - Saturday and Sunday 7/8 October at Kelvingrove

Join us for a special weekend of free activities to celebrate - you could get involved with talks and discussions, writing workshops, film screenings, photography workshops and more

Some events are drop-in and others require pre-booking a space - View the full programme below or on our website 👇

Visit our website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/our-shared-cultural-heritage

Do you live, work, study in or visit Glasgow? Would you like to share your views to help shape Glasgow’s Culture Strateg...
02/10/2023

Do you live, work, study in or visit Glasgow? Would you like to share your views to help shape Glasgow’s Culture Strategy 2024-30?

This is your chance - Glasgow Life is working with partners in the cultural and creative sectors to develop a new cultural strategy for the city and help build its future health, prosperity and sustainability.

Glasgow Life has created an online survey to collect your feedback on the strategy’s themes and the principles that will inform the overall approach.

Responses to the survey will influence the final strategy, which is expected to go to Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee for approval in early 2024.

Visit the Glasgow Life website to complete the survey and share your views:

About Glasgow's Culture Strategy

On Silver Sunday, the national day for older people, meet Mrs Maintrew. Her portrait was painted in the 1770s by German ...
01/10/2023

On Silver Sunday, the national day for older people, meet Mrs Maintrew. Her portrait was painted in the 1770s by German artist Johan Zoffany, his works known for their observation, detail and insightful characterisation. 😍

Who was Mrs Maintrew? A sympathetic face looks out at us. Her eyes are warm and a smile plays on her lips. Her white silk satin robe shows the taste of an older woman who is no longer interested in keeping up with the latest fashions. She wears a cap and her neck, chest and arms are all modestly covered. Significantly her right hand rests on, and points at, a book. We can’t see the title, but she is telling us that reading and women’s education are important. Her lined face speaks of age and experience. We need to listen to her – she knows. 📕📚📖

Today she can be found at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.



Johan Zoffany, 'Mrs Maintrew', c.1770s, oil on canvas. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

30/09/2023

🎉 Happy International Podcast Day!🎙

Have you listened to the Glasgow Museums podcast? We have a variety of content that will intrigue and inspire you 🤩

🎧 You can find us on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/glasgowmuseums or search for Glasgow Museums on Apple, Spotify or Google podcasts and stay tuned for some new and exciting things to come!

Meet this year’s art competition winners who came along to a special prize giving in Kelvingrove Museum last night 🎨It w...
29/09/2023

Meet this year’s art competition winners who came along to a special prize giving in Kelvingrove Museum last night 🎨

It was lovely to be able to meet all the talented young people whose artwork was selected by this year’s judges Mandy McIntosh and Dr Marianne Greated. The art competition has been running for an amazing 119 years and has the same principles as when it was first established – to use our wonderful collections and museum buildings are inspiration for drawing.

Why not pop along to Kelvingrove Museum between now and the 5th November to see the display of winning artworks? Maybe you’ll recognise which collections have inspired this year’s winners. We’ll also be sharing some of the art works on social media in the coming weeks – keep a look out! 👀

Glasgow Museums would like to thank the Friends of Glasgow Museums for their essential support and funding for this event.

Our Shared Cultural Heritage - The Finale 🌟 Saturday and Sunday 7/8 October at Kelvingrove 🌟Join us for a special weeken...
29/09/2023

Our Shared Cultural Heritage - The Finale
🌟 Saturday and Sunday 7/8 October at Kelvingrove 🌟

Join us for a special weekend of free activities to celebrate - you could get involved with talks and discussions, writing workshops, film screenings, photography workshops and more

Some events are drop-in and others require pre-booking a space, visit our website to find out more and view the full programme of events: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/our-shared-cultural-heritage

ℹ️ What is ? OSCH is a youth-led programme exploring the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. The project has been led by people aged 11-25 to look at how museums and galleries can become more relevant, engaging and accessible spaces while working with a partner museums in Lahore, Pakistan

Has the Mary Quant exhibition brought back memories inspired by her fabulous designs and the 60s? 🥰 Museum staff have en...
27/09/2023

Has the Mary Quant exhibition brought back memories inspired by her fabulous designs and the 60s? 🥰 Museum staff have enjoyed hearing so many wonderful memories and stories 🤗 We invite you to share these with like-minded people and staff at our informal drop-in session in the Education Suite at Kelvingrove on Wednesday, 4th October, 2-4pm. Feel free to bring any photographs, knitting or sewing patterns to show others too. 🧶🧵 🖼

Please note that this session is free and does not occur in the exhibition.

Image credit: Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon, 1964. © Ronald Dumont/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Image description: Black and white photo of Mary Quant having her hair cut in the bob style by Vidal Sassoon in 1964. Mary's head is turned to her right as she looks directly at the camera. She wears a black collared dress. Vidal is side-on behind her with a smile on his face.

25/09/2023

👗 It’s Sustainable Fashion Week! Have you visited our Sustainable Fashion display at Kelvingrove? Rebecca Quinton, Curator of European Costume and Textiles, introduces us to the concept of altering to repurpose dress with this beautiful example of a late 19th-century wedding gown made by RP MacGillivray of Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

📢 A date for your diary: 'Colour Stories of the Glasgow Style', Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Thursday 21 Septembe...
15/09/2023

📢 A date for your diary:
'Colour Stories of the Glasgow Style', Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Thursday 21 September 2023, 3pm - free tour
Art History Festival 2023 😀👍

The colour palette people now most associate with the Glasgow Style – the UK’s only stylistic response to Art Nouveau - is one of delicate pastels of pink, green and mauve, all favoured at its zenith in the early 1900s. However, the colours favoured by each designer associated with the Style evolved alongside their personal stylistic development and visual and intellectual explorations. Colours could be picked for symbolic reference, to create specific effects, emotional responses, or even for political messaging. Applied colour would often take the form of material inlays providing punctuation points of saturated intensity, texture or sheen.

Join Alison Brown, Curator of European Decorative Art 1800 to present, on a tour of the Mackintosh and Glasgow Style collections and learn about the artistic movement’s journey in colour from the early dark, acid-toned palettes of the mid-1890s to the lighter, brighter, vibrant tones of the 1910s and early 1920s.

This is a free in-person tour. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis. Meet at the information desk in the Main Hall 5 minutes prior to the tour start time to secure your space. 🕚

See full festival listings here: https://forarthistory.org.uk/art-history-festival-2023/



E.1981.177 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Wassail (central panel), by 1900. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

📣 Discover 'Putting Ourselves in the Picture' - a new photography exhibition opening on 16 Sept at Kelvingrove Art Galle...
14/09/2023

📣 Discover 'Putting Ourselves in the Picture' - a new photography exhibition opening on 16 Sept at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, co-curated with volunteers from Migrant Voice. 📷

The exhibition explores the lives and experiences of people who have migrated to Scotland and made it their home. 😀👍

Sir Geoff Palmer OBE is Prof Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and a human rights activist. 🧪🔬

'I left Jamaica in 1955 when I was 14 years old. The day after I arrived in London, my mother woke me up early so I could start work. As we left our home, there was a man at the door who told her, “You can go to work but he can’t, because he’s not 15”. I had to go to school. I was 14 years and 11 months old.

In 1958, Professor Chapman gave me a job as a junior technician at Queen Elizabeth’s College in London. One day he called me into his office and said “I don’t think you’re as stupid as you try to make out. I think you should go to university.” So I went to Leicester University in 1961 to do an Honours degree in Botany.

What people need is a cup of kindness – Burns was speaking metaphorically in Auld Lang Syne. When somebody asks you to take a drink with them, it’s an act of kindness. But how many migrants have been asked to join in such a drink? If somebody is not prepared to eat or drink with you, then you’re not part of the system. I think you get that relationship of kindness in a society if somebody sees you as equal. By 1800 there were about 300,000 slaves in Jamaica, and about 10,000 Scots, mainly men – many Jamaicans have some Scottish blood in them. Scottish people are fascinated by this history, because their historians never told them.'

Putting Ourselves in the Picture: Exhibition Launch Tickets, Sat 16 Sep 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/putting-ourselves-in-the-picture-exhibition-launch-tickets-708501827037

Geoff Palmer – Professor of Grain Science and Historian © Karen Gordon

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