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 2024.
Stretching a whopping 1,000 metres, Dancing Wave is officially the longest outdoor mural in Glasgow. Running along River Clyde, the mural starts at The Clydeside Community Garden and finishes at Castlebank Street next to Riverside Museum. Different artworks are connected by a long white line appearing as a wave, painted by both Scottish and international artists trying out “specialist materials, endangered crafts, and cutting-edge technologies.”
The semi-permanent Gallery 2 at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art is hoping to inspire new conversations by connecting artwork with literally anything. “These connections can be anything from the geographical location of the artists, or the artworks’ subjects to materials, colour, themes, context, or even the differences between them.”
While this is not an extensive exhibition, Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum has recently acquired the famous Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties, one of Alasdair Gray’s most iconic works and what he said was his “best big oil painting”. “This painting is a remarkable addition to our collection of works by the legendary Alasdair Gray. It is a powerful image of Glasgow by an artist with strong links to the city and belongs in a public collection where Glaswegians and visitors can enjoy it.”, said
Bailie Annette Christie, chairperson of Glasgow Life. Go see it for yourself in the Looking at Art gallery!
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.