Glasgow’s art scene offers plenty of opportunities to discover everything it has to offer. Whether you’re into fine art, fashion, or more quirky art, we’ve gathered the most noteworthy exhibitions in and around Glasgow to see for the rest of 2023.
1. Repeat Patterns at the Gallery of Modern Art
As Banksy’s ‘Cut And Run: 25 Years Of Card Labour’ exhibition is over, there’s still time to see another exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art. ‘Repeat Patterns’ is a feminist show by local artists Helen de Main and Mandy McIntosh. The artwork is made on paper, fabric and sculpture, exploring feminist and social reproduction: “how inequalities persist through generations – addressed through radical printmaking practices.”, states GoMA. The exhibition is here between March 4 and October 15, 2023, free for anyone who wants to visit.
2. An Archive of Exorcisms at New Glasgow Society
‘An Archive of Exrcisms’ explores the themes of being disconnected from our land in the modern world. “With an emphasis on the artist’s life in Glasgow the exhibition presents a culmination of works including unearthly musical instruments, drawings and paintings, sculpture and bespoke furnishings, and multimedia recordings of site-specific collaborative performances. Dredged from the tortured landscape which bore them, these fragments are rendered as chaotic assemblages and social sculptures, wherein guests and accomplices are invited.” The haunting show is one of the more unusual exhibitions in Glasgow, and is taking place between September 22 and October 3 at the New Glasgow Society and is free to enter.
3. Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
‘Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary’ at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an ongoing exhibition between May 20 and October 22, 2023. The exhibition shows the works of one of the most iconic British designers of all time, Dame Mary Quant. The show features over 100 garments, accessories, cosmetics and photographs, some from private collections.
4. Spinning Around: Glasgow’s Remarkable Record Shops, 1980-1995 at Riverside Museum
Visitors can get transported to the “golden age” of Glasgow’s record shops during the 80s and 90s, taking a peek into what it used to be like at the ‘Spinning Around: Glasgow’s Remarkable Record Shops, 1980-1995’. Some noteworthy highlights of the exhibition include: “gold discs from The Bluebells and Simple Minds; a fan-made, record shop bags connected to some of Glasgow’s best-loved vinyl venues; rare club flyers, including the Volcano’s legendary ‘Partick Passport’, and a 1956 Lambretta LD 150 scooter bought by Alex Kapranos, lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, to toast his first record deal.” The show is on between March 2 and October 31 at the Riverside Museum, and is free to enter.
The Burrell Collection is a modern museum that permanently hosts 225 displays spread across 24 galleries of around 9,000 works. The collection is known for excellent pieces of Chinese art, stained glass, and noteworthy tapestries, as well as its fine art. What is more, The Burrell Collection was named ‘Museum of the Year‘ by the annual Art Fund in July 2023, recognising the efforts of the six-year-long renovation. The entry is free, and guests should make sure to set aside plenty of time to properly explore the large museum.