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Don't miss the extentsion for our photo submission call out! Make sure you send your submissions to Kelvingrove Art Gall...
07/05/2020
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Don't miss the extentsion for our photo submission call out! Make sure you send your submissions to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum via DM by 25 May - details about entries can be found here: https://bit.ly/2LdWPTf 📸

We want your recent photos of lockdown experiences! We are extending the The Open Museum call out for photo submissions to be displayed in an upcoming photography exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum.

Share your photos with us (max. of 4) through Kelvingrove Museum’s Facebook direct messenger with your display name, a title and a short description. All submissions must be received by May 25.

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge. Usage will include but not be limited to The Glasgow Life Website, social media channels, advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications. See here for more information and our privacy policy: https://bit.ly/3frXcaK

Following the government’s decision to extend lockdown, Glasgow Life’s venues and services will remain closed until at l...
21/04/2020

Following the government’s decision to extend lockdown, Glasgow Life’s venues and services will remain closed until at least Thursday 7 May. Our teams are working hard behind the scenes to make our much-loved programmes and activities available online while also doing everything they can to ensure we’re ready to reopen our doors and welcome the people of Glasgow back into our venues as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Our thoughts continue to be with the families and loved ones of those directly affected by coronavirus and we continue to be immensely grateful to our NHS and other frontline health, social care and emergency services heroes, who are working round the clock to keep us all safe.

We’ll continue to put the wellbeing of our customers, communities and colleagues first, and we want to say thank you for your patience and understanding as we look forward to a healthy, confident future together.

For our latest updates, visit: https://bit.ly/2U6usMg
For our new online programming, visit: https://bit.ly/2Vf4kPD

This social media channel is not currently being monitored.Due to the constantly evolving nature of the coronavirus (COV...
19/03/2020
Corona Virus - Latest Information — Glasgow Life

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Due to the constantly evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we are focusing customer communications on key channels to ensure the most up to date information is given to you as quickly as possible.

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Coronavirus - Latest Information

In line with the government’s advice on reducing social contact, Glasgow Life has taken the difficult decision to suspen...
17/03/2020

In line with the government’s advice on reducing social contact, Glasgow Life has taken the difficult decision to suspend all services from this evening. This will apply to every Glasgow Life venue across the city which will shut from close of play on Tuesday 17 March. We expect the suspension to continue until the end of April.

Glasgow Life already offers a range of online resources for people to use, and we are intending to extend these services as soon as possible.

All Glasgow Sport activities will be suspended, including indoor and outdoor activities as well as the outreach programme. Glasgow Club membership fees will be automatically frozen (we will do this, you do not need to contact us). Museums, concert halls and libraries will close. Community facilities will close to the public and we will contact tenants to discuss access. We will prioritise how we continue to deliver our targeted essential services.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this will cause. Further updates will be posted here as soon as they are available: https://bit.ly/2QmB5I7

Want to see your photo in an exhibit?!For our summer exhibit “Coming into view: photographing Glasgow” we are asking for...
11/03/2020

Want to see your photo in an exhibit?!

For our summer exhibit “Coming into view: photographing Glasgow” we are asking for your photos! We want your recent (2020) photos of Glasgow with a title, a short description about what Glasgow means to you and how you want your name displayed with your image.

You can enter by sending us, the Open Museum a Direct Message on Facebook until March 18th 😊. We will incorporate as many photos as we can into the exhibit using projections and prints but will give priority to the images we receive first.

For more information, to see our privacy policy and other ways to submit your photos see our link here: https://bit.ly/38IvDFE

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge (including the Glasgow Life Website, social media channels, Advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications).

We can’t wait to see your creativity!

We are a bit late for International Women's Day but still wanted to celebrate artist, collector, art therapist and pione...
09/03/2020

We are a bit late for International Women's Day but still wanted to celebrate artist, collector, art therapist and pioneer - Joyce Laing. She is a woman of many talents and Glasgow Museums has much to thank her for ❤️. She donated her collection of Art Extraordinary to us in 2012, which has led to new exhibitions and conversations about art and mental health.

Today we were accessioning objects in our stores. These lovely items are from a collection of travel souvenirs.
02/03/2020

Today we were accessioning objects in our stores. These lovely items are from a collection of travel souvenirs.

We had a full house for our Museums and Older People training today at GMRC. You can join our next session in May. More ...
25/02/2020

We had a full house for our Museums and Older People training today at GMRC. You can join our next session in May. More info here: https://bit.ly/2UGiPfJ

25/02/2020

We are at the Trades Hall today, attending the #hiddenhomelessness conference, meeting service providers and talking about our work. Then on to the Glasgow City Mission for a creative writing workshop, inspired by the guest’s lived experience.

Look at those glasses 😍! In April 1977 Glasgow photographer Eric Watt took this photograph of an East End car market, wh...
20/02/2020

Look at those glasses 😍! In April 1977 Glasgow photographer Eric Watt took this photograph of an East End car market, which is going on display in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this summer.
We would like to know more about the photo – do you recognize the man in the sheepskin jacket? What was the market called and did you buy a car there? Share with us in the comments below 👇 🚘

"Art is to console those who are broken by life.” Project Ability (A visual-arts organisation) celebrated their exhibiti...
17/02/2020

"Art is to console those who are broken by life.”
Project Ability (A visual-arts organisation) celebrated their exhibition opening ‘Extraordinary Responses’ last week which is on display at their galleries till Feb. 22nd! We’ve been working closely together to explore our Art Extraordinary collection and a social media post just can’t capture the amount of work or creativeness that this journey has inspired! Read about the exhibit and their experiences here: https://bit.ly/37AwibI

We need your input! This photo of a record shop on Cathcart Road was taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt and is goin...
06/02/2020

We need your input!

This photo of a record shop on Cathcart Road was taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt and is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum this summer. We would like to know more about the shop –
Do you know what it was called? Do you remember buying records there? Share with us in the comments below 👇!

Photo is © Glasgow Museums

Today some of the groups at Alzheimer Scotland also created artworks based on our hedgehog and bug handling kits.
04/02/2020

Today some of the groups at Alzheimer Scotland also created artworks based on our hedgehog and bug handling kits.

Today we visited Alzheimer Scotland's Resource Centre to install a display of artwork from our Museum Connections projec...
04/02/2020

Today we visited Alzheimer Scotland's Resource Centre to install a display of artwork from our Museum Connections project. This artwork was created in response to museum collections by people affected by dementia with artist Janie Nicoll.

We need your input! This vibrant photo taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum...
31/01/2020

We need your input!

This vibrant photo taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum this summer. The Urdu signage says that savory food is sold here as well as sweets🍬. We would like to know more about the shop – which street was it in, who ran it, what did it sell?
If anyone remembers this shop, please let us know in the comments below👇 !

Photo is ©Glasgow Museums

Something exciting is coming to Kelvingrove this summer! 🤩Coming into view: Photographing Glasgow is an exhibit which wi...
30/01/2020

Something exciting is coming to Kelvingrove this summer! 🤩

Coming into view: Photographing Glasgow is an exhibit which will feature photos taken of Glasgow by Eric Watt (1934-2005) and images captured by community groups working with the Open Museum team. 📷

Together, these images will show what Glasgow means to the locals from very different perspectives. The image below by Eric Watt shows the Grand Hotel at Charing Cross being demolished to make way for the M8 motorway.

But we need your input on some of the photos…stay tuned for our next posts!

It's out! We co-authored this publication with an amazing working team: 'Cultural heritage for wellbeing'. Our #ArtExtra...
30/01/2020

It's out! We co-authored this publication with an amazing working team: 'Cultural heritage for wellbeing'. Our #ArtExtraordinary project was featured as an inspiring case study. Grateful to all involved in this amazing collaboration!

The Open Museum team also collaborates with groups who are restricted to places such as hospitals and prisons. These pro...
27/01/2020

The Open Museum team also collaborates with groups who are restricted to places such as hospitals and prisons. These projects are diverse, and form based on participant interests, but all have the potential to foster well-being; Objects can inspire individuals to imagine beyond their walls and in collaborating on a project participants can also share their perspectives and experiences.

The image below is a photo taken at the community exhibit held in Pollock Civic Realm 'Art Extraordinary' which is focused on the relation between art and mental health.

Today is #BlueMonday so we are sharing some objects which make us happy! We often use cameras and mobile phones to captu...
20/01/2020

Today is #BlueMonday so we are sharing some objects which make us happy! We often use cameras and mobile phones to capture the moments and memories which are important to us and bring us happiness. Plus, these cameras are related to exciting Open Museum events happening this year - Stay tuned!
The pictures below include a slide in a viewer and an old Kodak camera (Do you remember these?) which come from our Snap! Photography handling kit.

The Open Museum typically works with communities that can't or won't visit the museums. One of the areas the team addres...
18/01/2020

The Open Museum typically works with communities that can't or won't visit the museums. One of the areas the team addresses is homelessness and poverty in Glasgow... How can we address these social issues in the city?
And how can we incorporate these Glaswegian narratives and experiences into the museums?

These are a few images from past projects investigating these questions among others.
Photos taken by @stevenofmilngavie

Lovely session this morning at Tron St Mary's toddler group. We looked at our bug box, admired our wee hedgehog then mad...
14/01/2020

Lovely session this morning at Tron St Mary's toddler group. We looked at our bug box, admired our wee hedgehog then made some insect crafts.

One of the areas the Open Museum focuses on is an "Age Friendly Glasgow" - That is we work with older groups, sometimes ...
13/01/2020

One of the areas the Open Museum focuses on is an "Age Friendly Glasgow" - That is we work with older groups, sometimes with dementia. We often work with community partners to provide these groups access to museum collection handling kits which can be used for reminiscence and encouraging conversation.

It has been shown that handling objects can encourage social interaction, reflection and overall health!😊

Happy new year's! ✨ We are back and looking forward to all this year has in store for us and our communities!#DYK that t...
06/01/2020

Happy new year's! ✨ We are back and looking forward to all this year has in store for us and our communities!

#DYK that the museum turns 30 this year? 🎉For 30 year's we have operated as the outreach branch of Glasgow museums working with local communities. This month we will be sharing a bit about how the museum works and using the collections to tell stories about past and current projects.... Stay tuned!!

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.We are open as normal unti...
23/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

Carrying on with our celebration of events we undertook in the run up to International Migrants day, 18th December, we l...
22/12/2019

Carrying on with our celebration of events we undertook in the run up to International Migrants day, 18th December, we look to Roza Salih once again.

4. Collecting around migrant-led activism – get involved!

We mentioned Roza Salih yesterday and in response to Glasgow Museums’ call out for stories and objects around migrant-led activism and solidarity movements, Roza has donated the megaphone she used during the campaign she was involved in to raise awareness of the poor treatment of asylum seekers. Roza, at 15 years of age, joined six of her friends to successfully campaign against the deportation of their friend Agnesa Murselaj from the UK. Known as the ‘Glasgow Girls’ they subsequently went on to campaign against the detention of children in UK immigration centres. If you have a story or object that could be used to tell stories of migrant-led activism or solidarity movements in museums then please get in touch.

The photo below shows Roza protesting against the ongoing Turkish offensive into Rojava (Kurdistan in Northern Syria).

Continuing our theme of International Migrants Day celebratory events we look at:3. ‘Museum As Ballot Box’During the Ref...
21/12/2019

Continuing our theme of International Migrants Day celebratory events we look at:

3. ‘Museum As Ballot Box’

During the Refugee Festival Scotland 2019, Glasgow Girl and human rights activist Roza Salih (see image below) collaborated with us to host a workshop which looked at the voting rights of migrants. Many migrants are currently not legally permitted to vote in UK – to have a conventional voice in elections. In our own ballot we asked attendees to ‘vote’ or nominate objects that they felt could represent their life experiences in the public space of a museum.

This was the beginning of a project that has a lot of potential to grow! If in Glasgow, get in touch if you would like us to support you to host something similar.

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.We are open as normal unti...
21/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

Open Museum Outreach Trainee & Glasgow Museums Events Trainee Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums are delighted to host 2 x 12...
20/12/2019

Open Museum Outreach Trainee & Glasgow Museums Events Trainee

Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums are delighted to host 2 x 12 month Traineeships in partnership with Next Step Initiative for people from African and Caribbean or ethnic minority communities, currently underrepresented in the cultural and heritage sector workforce. Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by a learning bursary, Trainees will gain a Level 3 SVQ Museums and Galleries Practice and experience of working in Glasgow Museums for a year. For an application pack contact [email protected]
For further information on Glasgow Museums employability opportunities please email [email protected] (Due to the holiday period enquiries to this mailbox will be responded to after 7th January 2020.)

Following International Migrants Day, Wednesday December 18th, this week we are looking at some of the collaborative col...
20/12/2019

Following International Migrants Day, Wednesday December 18th, this week we are looking at some of the collaborative collecting, events and projects we’ve been a part of at Glasgow Museums.

Influenced by Somali and Glaswegian designs the ‘Home and Hospitality’ crockery set was crafted with love by Najma Abukar https://bit.ly/2PV3NhW and Ruth Impey https://bit.ly/2Z2EHlF. It was commissioned by Kuche https://bit.ly/2sI0nHx with the support of the CCA https://bit.ly/36RRAl0. Earlier this year, Najma asked a group of people with very different life experiences to reflect on their ideas of home, belonging and identity. In creating a photo that was felt to be representative of these ideas, collaborators reflected and chose how they wanted to be seen. Excitingly, Glasgow Museums is currently in the process of accessioning it into the city’s civic collections with the view for communities to be able to borrow it from the Open Museum in the future!

As we continue to mark National Migrants Day, which took place yesterday, we look at another event that happened earlier...
19/12/2019
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As we continue to mark National Migrants Day, which took place yesterday, we look at another event that happened earlier this year.

2. Shaah Iyo Sheeko (Somali for Tea and Chat) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

This open event as part of Black History Month sparked lively conversations regarding community representation and collaborative collecting with the museums. A panel comprised of the artist Najma Abukar, Mohamed Omar, Ahmed Ibrahim (Sunshine Koffee) and Hanna Ali, came together to discuss representation and highlight the voices and visibility of Somalis in Scotland. It inspired conversation regarding the next steps in coming together to create spaces for related dialogue and visibility.
Collaborators Dr Emma Hill and Mohamed Omar shared research that they have been working on which you can also view here on the The British Sociological Association's Blog: https://bit.ly/2Sc1jP5

By Mohamed Omar, Mental Health Foundation and Emma Hill, University of Edinburgh How is history written and by whom? These are questions that have been raised with frequency across the decolonising movement and in particular, by the Cadaan Studies movement, which has focused on knowledge production....

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A corridor of power. City Chambers. in a power of corridors.
coming into view: "pigeons" while out early, taking pictures of the city coming to life, I was unexpectedly surrounded by a flock of pigeons. Perhaps they thought I had brought breakfast !