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“Dad” This neon work, “Dad” (2018), is by Rabiya Choudhry, a visual artist born in Glasgow in 1982 to Scottish and Pakis...
09/09/2020

“Dad”

This neon work, “Dad” (2018), is by Rabiya Choudhry, a visual artist born in Glasgow in 1982 to Scottish and Pakistani parents. Choudhry puts her father’s name ‘Mazhar’ in lights, celebrating Glasgow’s Asian community and her father’s occupation as a shop owner.

“Mazhar is the name of my dad - a Pakistani immigrant who moved to Glasgow in the 1970s. His name means manifestation / phenomenon...I wanted to celebrate him and the many immigrants that came to Glasgow in the 70s to set up businesses and are still struggling to keep that going.”

Many South Asian people came to Britain to set up businesses; working day and night to support their families here and back home as well as contributing to society. The corner or local shops were and still are central to communities across the country. With shopkeepers providing essential groceries or clothing, good chat and support for their communities. These local shops are an invaluable part of British culture.

The works have been gifted to Glasgow Museums through the Contemporary Art Society’s Rapid Response Fund. The work will be displayed in GoMA following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Last Tram Procession- the image is of the 779 taking part in the procession on 4...
04/09/2020

Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Last Tram Procession- the image is of the 779 taking part in the procession on 4th September 1962 - where around 250,000 people lined the streets to say their last farewells to the Glasgow trams.
You can now visit us and see some of these trams in all their glory! Remember to book your tickets. https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum

We are very excited to announce the opening of a new display at Riverside. Artist Tony Heaton’s Sculpture Gold Lamé has ...
03/09/2020

We are very excited to announce the opening of a new display at Riverside. Artist Tony Heaton’s Sculpture Gold Lamé has taken a Wee Bluey (an original of which can also be seen at Riverside) and transformed it into a beautiful work of art with a powerful message.

“...this one escaped, suspended, transformed from prosthetic to sculpture, transmuted from blue to Gold, Lame to Lamé.”

Don't forget to pre-book tickets before visiting https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum

Even the rain can’t dampen our spirits. We can’t wait to open the doors at Riverside this morning. We have just a few mi...
02/09/2020

Even the rain can’t dampen our spirits. We can’t wait to open the doors at Riverside this morning.

We have just a few midweek tickets left for w/c 7th Sept. A new batch of tickets for 14th to 27th Sept will be available from 12 noon on Thursday https://bit.ly/2YX5Pni

What a great day. After all our preparations it was wonderful to welcome you back to Riverside Museum today.Thank you fo...
31/08/2020

What a great day.

After all our preparations it was wonderful to welcome you back to Riverside Museum today.

Thank you for pre-booking your free ticket before arriving.

We have some tickets left for Monday to Thursday next week, to book visit https://bit.ly/34RQzvA.

Tell us what enjoyed seeing most today? Or what you are looking forward to seeing when you visit.

The Tall Ship Glenlee
31/08/2020

The Tall Ship Glenlee

After a lot of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Tall Ship Glenlee is re-opened as of today!

To improve the visitor experience and meet COVID guidelines, we have made the following changes:

- a one-way system with arrow markers for social distancing
- mandatory wearing of masks in specified areas
- track and trace upon arrival
- hand sanitisation stations
- renovated café
- shop relocation
- no access to high-risk areas
- water station to fill bottles and reduce the use of single-use plastics
- increased interpretation

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you on-board!

The final preparations to safely reopen Riverside on Monday 31 August are being made. We’re excited to welcome you back....
27/08/2020

The final preparations to safely reopen Riverside on Monday 31 August are being made. We’re excited to welcome you back. Tickets for 31 August – 13 September will be available to book NOW https://tickets.glasgowconcerthalls.com/?promo=628

Behind the scenes we have been busy putting a range of measures in place to create a safe space. Our pre-visit information highlights these and how you can help protect yourself and others while visiting the museum https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum
We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our museum during this time. We hope this will both reassure you and allow you to enjoy a special experience with our collections.

We are delighted to announce Riverside Museum will reopen Monday 31 August! We have been working hard behind the scenes ...
21/08/2020

We are delighted to announce Riverside Museum will reopen Monday 31 August!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. There are some changes we want to tell you about.

You now require a ticket to enter the museum. Tickets are FREE, but need to be pre-booked online for your household, in advance, for a specific date and time. This will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for you, by allowing us to manage numbers and maintain physical distancing.

We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our museum during this time. We hope this will both reassure you and allow you to enjoy a special experience with our collections.

Tickets will be available to book from 12noon on Thursday 27 August

We have introduced a range of measures to create a safe space and our pre-visit information highlights how you can help protect yourself and others while visiting the museum,

We have missed you and we are really looking forward to welcoming you back.

Text Alert! Personal Identity in the 21st Century!What’s the deal about being Scottish?Mungo Murray finds himself plucke...
16/08/2020

Text Alert! Personal Identity in the 21st Century!

What’s the deal about being Scottish?

Mungo Murray finds himself plucked from 17th-century Highland life into an urban Glaswegian landscape.

How can he be himself here? What might an on-trend Scot wear today?

Are you from a family of ‘new Scots’ that have migrated here? As one of us, we’d love to hear your thoughts on belonging, acceptance and what being Scottish means to you! Post some words of encouragement.

Find out more about this painting here https://bit.ly/2PQPOKu

Book your visit to see it at Kelvingrove: https://tickets.glasgowconcerthalls.com?promo=627

[FREE, timed slots]

Meet Lord Mungo Murray and using our template, re-imagine what he is wearing by designing some modern clothes for him. C...
15/08/2020

Meet Lord Mungo Murray and using our template, re-imagine what he is wearing by designing some modern clothes for him. Collage or digital drawing would be cool. Post us a photo of your artwork.

Find out more about the original painting here https://bit.ly/2PQPOKu

Book your visit to see it at Kelvingrove: https://tickets.glasgowconcerthalls.com?promo=627

[FREE, timed slots]

14/08/2020
Animal Movements for Health

Throughout history people have been inspired by how animals move in their environment.

This inspiration has been applied to such things as fighting, dance and exercise.
Our activity today takes inspiration from some of the animals you’ll find in Kelvingrove Museum.

The movements are akin to Chinese qigong exercise with elements of simple dynamic yoga.

Each exercise is carried out to what is called: ‘Soft Limits’ i.e. there is no straining or over-stretching as that interferes with the flow.

Watch through a couple of times – then give them a go!

As part of South Asian Heritage Month we want to highlight an exceptional artist. Glasgow Museums recently acquired thre...
13/08/2020

As part of South Asian Heritage Month we want to highlight an exceptional artist.

Glasgow Museums recently acquired three works by Rabiya Choudhry; two paintings – Dream Baby Dream, 2016, House for the Holy, 2016 – and a neon work titled Dad, 2018. Her work was acquired through Contemporary Art Society’s Rapid Response Fund in May 2020

Choudhry was born in Glasgow in 1982 to Scottish and Pakistani parents. Her work draws upon her experiences growing up, exploring themes such as identity and cultural displacement in contemporary British society through a darkly comedic style.

Choudhry weaves both her parents’ heritage through her work which has a very diverse range of influences from cartoons, songs, B movie Posters to folk art.

Her father’s migration to Scotland and profession as a fashion shop owner is a strong influence on her work; creating bold images in her paintings that she has transferred over onto printed fabrics or presenting a neon sign of her dad’s name – Mazhar.

“I realised there was a relationship between the fashion shops my dad used to have and wanting to celebrate people of colour in neon. I wanted to celebrate him (her dad) and the many immigrants that came to Glasgow in the 70s to set up businesses and are still struggling to keep that going...As someone who feels like there is a lack of representation of the ethnic minority’s experience in art, I wanted to literally put Asian names in lights and couldn’t think of a better name than that of my dad.” – Choudhry

Choudhry notes the lack of diverse representation within the arts, and the museum’s collection, and while speaking from her own very personal experience, the challenges and issues she faces are shared by others with South Asian heritage. By drawing on her South Asian heritage, Choudhry and other South Asian artists are creating diasporic visions of South Asian heritage and culture for future generations to enjoy and be inspired by.

Image credit: Rabiya Choudhry at her Transmission sole show Coco!Nuts!, photography by Eoin Carey

13/08/2020

Walking up the grand stone steps to the first floor of Kelvingrove Art Gallery you are met with this beautiful large-scale portrait of Isabella Elder by artist John Everett Millais. Isabella Elder was a Glasgow born philanthropist who made a lasting impression throughout the city.

12/08/2020
Tea Cup - 2010

A nice cup of tea....

Today we’re going to look at the sculpture ‘Tea Cup’ by Siva Prasad Marar, a sculptor from Assam in Northeast India.

‘The tea-cup is known all over the world – if a guest comes to your home, you will not send him or her away without offering them a cup of tea. The cup of tea contains your respect, your good will, your reputation in a way. But you do not think of the background of the tea, neither does your guest.’ Artist Siva Prasad Marar (2013)

In 1823, a tea planter from the Singpho tribe called Maniram Dewan showed some of his Assamese wild tea bushes to Scottish soldier Major Robert C Bruce. In 1837, the first English tea garden was established in Upper Assam and by the turn of the century, Assam was the leading tea-producing region in the world. Today you will find this rich dark tea in your morning tea bag.

‘My grandfather came to Assam from Madhya Pradesh and so did my grandmother. The British had set up tea estates in Assam and many people were brought here to work as tea-labourers. There were entire villages who moved here to work in the tea estates about 150 years ago. My grandparents both worked in the tea-estates, plucking the tea-leaves, digging trenches.’ Siva Prasad Marar (2013)

But why is the sculpture in the shape of a woman?

‘I am trying to invoke a mother in this sculpture. Mother of tea in a way. In this work, all I want to say is that a cup of tea which for millions worldwide is a form of enjoyment, a mode of relaxation, a symbol of respect and goodwill, in the background are these women who have dedicated their lives to the tea industry. It is because of them that we are able to get this cup of tea.’ Siva Prasad Marar (2013)

You will find this sculpture in Kelvingrove Museums Cultural Connections gallery.

12/08/2020
Nature Art

Many artists are inspired by nature so take a leaf out of their book and look a little closer at the natural world around you! Collect plant materials to make shapes of animals and insects that you can find in your own garden or in Kelvingrove Museum.

This painting called The Ornithologist shows an image of an elderly man reclining on a sofa and telling stories about hi...
11/08/2020

This painting called The Ornithologist shows an image of an elderly man reclining on a sofa and telling stories about his adventures and his collection of stuffed birds to a group of spellbound children. The artist John Everret Millais loved painting pictures and often included children from his own family.

Have you ever collected anything?

Plan a picnic lunch with your family, where possible include a Grandparent. Find a nice comfy place and share some stories just like the people in the painting.

Ask everyone to share stories about home life as a child, a favourite toy or collection and best memory of school.

Take a photo to record your picnic lunch with all the family sharing their stories. Have fun!

This beautiful dress was made by fashion designer Naa Densua Tordzro from Ghana using Kente, a very special material mad...
10/08/2020

This beautiful dress was made by fashion designer Naa Densua Tordzro from Ghana using Kente, a very special material made from interwoven cloth strips of silk and cotton.

This design is a fusion of modern and traditional patterns and would only be worn on special occasions. The dress is so special it even has its own name! “Obaa Sima” means “Virtuous Woman”. This refers to the traditional “Niata” pattern, a diamond-like shape you can see on the dress. This shape reminds us of a double-edged sword. A sword that is blunt on one side and sharp on the other can be a good and a bad thing, depending on what side you are facing! So in this dress the pattern is used to show the power of a woman – both positive and negative sides are being balanced out; making her a virtuous person.

What outfit do you wear on special occasions?

If your favourite outfit had a name, what would it be?

Why not draw the design for a new outfit? You can use patterns and colours that have a special meaning to you.

09/08/2020
The Magic of Kelvingrove

Missing your Sunday visit to Kelvingrove?

Well just to remind you, here are some sights from the Main Hall and some beautiful 19th and very early 20th Century Scottish artworks.

The music is an arrangement of the traditional Irish Tune: ‘She Moves Through the Fair’.

08/08/2020
Kilted Cards

It’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s turn for taking over social media this week. So let's kick off with a wee bit of Scottish flair!

A highland lad or lassie is the finest thing you ever could see! Make yourself the star of the show like Lord Mungo Murray [Am Morair Mungo Moireach], 1668 - 1700, son of 1st Marquess of Atholl, painted by John Michael Wright.

You will make a pop up kilt and plaid on a card for sending to a loved one. All you need is a lively imagination, a good sprinkling of facts and fun or myth and mystery, a few coloured pencils, 3 pieces of A4 paper, masking tape and a postage stamp.

Show us your results by posting photos here.

07/08/2020
Truck Art Sneak Peek | Exhibitions and Displays

We will be celebrating #SouthAsianHeritageMonth by highlighting some of the amazing South Asian collections and projects by Glasgow Museums over the next week. Starting with truck art.

Punjab has a rich and vibrant culture, shown vividly in its truck art. The painted trucks from Punjab can be seen all across North India, from Kashmir to Delhi. The whole concept of painting a truck all over, inside and out, is a way of celebrating life despite the odds. If you look at the truck driver who has a very rough life, he has found a way to keep up his pride and uplift his spirits through art. It makes his place of work so beautiful, which is important because he spends most of his days on the road. Many of the designs have symbolic meaning too. For example the peacock stands for glory, long life and good luck. You can see some of our truck art in Kelvingrove’s Cultural Connections gallery.

“Just like one feels happy when one has built a home with one’s effort, we try to give a cabin they will feel happy in and feel at home. In doing so, we try to ensure that they do not miss their home and family too much. We make plenty of heart motifs inside the cabin…So the truck driver sees the heart and remembers his family.” - Naazim Ali, Kashmiri Truck Builder, 2013

https://bit.ly/3ig0crC

Pehchaan: Art from Another India is an exciting collaborative project at Tramway which showcases a new collection of North Indian art, unique to the UK and s...

Glasgow Life is entering its next phase of reopening in the wake of the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. F...
07/08/2020

Glasgow Life is entering its next phase of reopening in the wake of the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

From Tuesday (11 August) Ibrox, Pollokshaws and Shettleston libraries will reopen to the public. We’re also continuing to plan the reopening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (w/c 17 August), Partick Library (w/c 24 August) and the Riverside Museum (w/c 31 August).

Proposed dates for the reopening of some of our sports and arts venues throughout August and early September are being revised following the Scottish Government’s announcement that these venues must remain closed until at least Monday 14 September.

As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is at the heart of Glasgow’s communities, delivering some of the city’s most used and most valued services. In 2019/20, more than 18m attendances were recorded across our venues and events.

For our latest update and more info on which venues will open and when, visit https://bit.ly/2U6usMg

Join us at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre as we finish off the week with a lazy Friday afternoon and take the time to r...
07/08/2020

Join us at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre as we finish off the week with a lazy Friday afternoon and take the time to relax in nature if you can. Today we are inspired two beautiful paintings. The first is called The Loing at Saint-Mammes, by Alfred Sisley. Sisley was one of the original true Impressionists. This tranquil landscape scene is typical of the Impressionist style.

This group of painters were not well liked at first; critics found their work amateurish and felt the paintings looked unfinished, but of course now they are one of the most celebrated and well-known group of artists of all time.

Landscape painters before them would sketch outdoors and complete their work later on in a studio, but the Impressionists completed works from start to finish 'en plein air' (in open air). Sisley painted the river from a wide range of different vantage points and captured the same places in different weather conditions and during different seasons to capture the changing atmosphere of the place.

If you aren’t quite ready to go outdoors, you can find a little piece of calm and stillness in your own home, being inspired by this still life, Roses in a Champagne Glass, by Edouard Manet.

We encourage you to take some time to focus on your well-being outdoors or indoors, listen to some music, and have a go at painting or sketching.

You never know - you could start the next artistic revolution!

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Visit the Riverside Museum for FREE and experience the wonder of Glasgow's industrial heritage in this striking building designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The Tall Ship is berthed alongside the museum, creating a fantastic experience in this stunning setting on the banks of the River Clyde.

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Took this today. A beautiful photo, if I do say so myself. Look at the colour of that water. Can hardly believe it's the River Clyde.
My recent visit to you yesterday Riverside Museum
Every year on my sons birthday we get our picture taken at this window...see you on sunday 😊
Phone found today in upstairs cafe. Handed to staff.
Having a White Christmas here in California .after a visit to Queen Mary. Merry Xmas to the Team at Riverside
Merry Christmas to all the staff at Riverside from California
Hi is there a Christmas Market on in the Riverside Museum this year ?
A fantastic day out at the museum and surrounds..Glasgow...
Desde España un saludo al Glenlee.
Matt, If you got time the kids will love it Only along the road from the distillery
Everything apart from the now increased parking charges which I believe don’t directly benefit the museum.
Oor Wullie, cheerful despite the ominous sky behind him!