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The Lakota Ghost Dance Shirt – an event
to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its
repatriation by Glasgow Museums to the
Lakota people at Pine Ridge Reservation,
Wounded Knee, South Dakota, will be
held on 1 August in Kelvingrove. See the
next issue of Preview for full details.
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Cover image: The Cybermen arrive at Kelvingrove, much to
Ewan McAulay of Clarkston’s horror!
Bailie Liz Cameron saves young visitors from the Cybermen
who recently invaded Kelvingrove.
Spring seems to have arrived in Glasgow
at last, and we’re gearing up for the start of
the main tourist season. But we’re not just
welcoming visitors to the city – as you’ll see
from the picture above, Kelvingrove faces an
interplanetary invasion! Until 4 January 2010
you may have to dodge Daleks, outmanoeuvre
the Ood and circumnavigate Cybermen as the
long-awaited Doctor Who exhibition comes to
town. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you
book in advance to avoid disappointment. You
can read more about the history of Doctor Who
in Peter Marshall’s entertaining article on p. 20.
Regular visitors and readers will know that
one of the Gallery of Modern Art’s aims is to
show the relevance of contemporary art to
the big issues of our times. Over the years,
through exhibitions, outreach work and
education programmes, we’ve looked at issues
surrounding refugees and asylum seekers,
violence against women, and sectarianism.
This year’s Contemporary art and human
rights programme celebrates Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex life
and culture. And while it is a celebration,
sobering statistics from our partners Amnesty
International show that round the world the
situation is very different, and that prejudice
has serious consequences. The exhibition will
provoke debate and perhaps even raise some
controversy, but we hope that once again we’ll
demonstrate that the reach of contemporary
art is not restricted to the gallery wall.
2009 is the year that we welcome people back
to Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming.
Do make sure you visit the Inspired exhibition
at the Mitchell Library, a fascinating look
into how Burns’ work, even after 250 years,
continues to influence and inspire. Artists in
the exhibition include Douglas Gordon, Tracey
Emin and Peter Howson.
Peter Howson’s work, on the subject of famine,
can also be seen at St Mungo Museum of
Religious Life and Art from May. We are
delighted to be working with the Archdiocese
of Glasgow on this exhibition. All paintings on
display will be for sale – proceeds will benefit
the restoration of St Mary’s in Calton.
Let me end with some trumpet blowing –
we’re delighted that Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum has retained its title as the most
popular free visitor attraction in Scotland. I’d
like to thank all our visitors – and our staff –
for helping us retain the title!
Bailie Liz Cameron
Chair, Culture and Sport Glasgow
GMRC – Bigger and
Better than Ever!
Work well underway: The Riverside Museum overlooks the cranes
of BAE’s Govan shipyard.
Landmark Gift for
Riverside Museum
Last November, BAE Systems announced
a ground-breaking £500,000 gift to the
Riverside Museum Appeal. BAE Systems
will partner with Culture & Sport Glasgow to
develop an innovative education programme
for the new museum.
As the only shipbuilder left on the Upper Clyde,
BAE Systems is very familiar with Glasgow’s
renowned shipbuilding heritage that will be on
show in the new transport museum. But with
some of their apprentices on hand to present the
gift, this was also about BAE Systems investing
in the future. Said Nigel Whitehead, Managing
Director of BAE, ‘The Riverside Museum shares
our vision of being proud of our heritage whilst
looking to the future, and we are delighted to be
able to provide this sponsorship that will help to
inspire Scotland’s engineers of tomorrow.’
This is the largest gift to the Riverside Museum
Appeal to date, and takes the money raised to
just under the half-way mark towards our
£5 million target.
Below: Scott Ballingall, Sarah Park and Ryan Hay, three young
apprentices working with BAE in Scotland, present a cheque
to Lord Smith, Chairman of the Riverside Museum Appeal, and
Councillor Purcell, Leader, Glasgow City Council.
We finally took possession of the new wing of
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC)
in August 2008. Since then, manufacturers
and suppliers of specialist art racking,
shelving and conservation equipment have
been busily installing equipment. When we
re-open in September 2009, visitors will be
able to access 17 of the stores. And what’s
exciting is that each store holds an area of the
collection that has never before been united in
one space.
As each new store in GMRC2 has been
readied to receive objects, teams of staff
drawn from the Conservation, Logistics and
Collections Management Sections have
packed, documented and transported objects
across Glasgow. To date, over 800,000 objects
have made the journey!
So what will be new? Well, the Learning &
Access team are currently developing an
exciting programme of events and activities
to help you explore the fantastic collections
stored at GMRC2. From daily public tours,
including tours for BSL users and for visually
impaired people, and courses on how to
research the collection, to art-based courses
for adults and fun, hands-on activities for
families and children, there will be something
for all ages and interests. To find out more,
phone us on 0141 276 9300 or log on to
www.glasgowmuseums.com for more updates.
The largest object in GMRC2! The South African locomotive
moves in for conservation work.
Back to Scotland Street
Reel Lives Needs Your
Calling all former Scotland Streeters! Did
you live in and around Kingston and Kinning
Park? This September you’re invited to meet
old pals and make new friends at our annual
reunion and open day. Dig out your old photos
and bring them along too, and be part of the
reunion day photograph.
Help us make history by taking part in Reel
Lives at the Museum of Transport, and online
at www.reel-lives.com
It’ll be a fun day full of activities for all
generations of the family. This year everyone
can be an educational time-traveller, journeying
back to sample the delights of themed class
and subject instruction from Victorian times
to the present day. Share your memories or
present experiences of the classroom, or help
us think forward and create the ideal Scottish
school of the future.
While you’re there, why not enjoy a tea or coffee
at our Willow Café and have a look around
our gift shop? Or sample the tasty selection of
soups, sandwiches and cakes (although you
don’t have to wait until September to do that!).
This year’s Homecoming Reunion and Open
Day takes place on 5 September. With national
celebrations sure to make 2009 a year to
remember, the reunion day is bound to be a
big event – so make sure you mark it in your
diary. Other Homecoming events take place at
Scotland Street School Museum between May
and September – from Mackintosh-themed
tours to decade-by-decade reminiscence
sessions about school experiences. Check the
What’s On section, www.glasgowmuseums.com and
future editions of Preview for details.
We’re embarking on an innovative social
history project, and we need your help.
Although we’ve already unearthed hundreds of
images, and searched Scottish Screen’s huge
collection of archive films to bring you unseen
footage of Glasgow’s transport in action, we
also need your thoughts and memories.
You can visit the exhibition, or check out the
website, to share your stories. Explore films
and photos online – maybe you’ll spot yourself
taking a tram or watching a ship launch…
SA locomotive
We would like to point out that the locomotive
shown on page 21 of the last issue of Preview
was not in fact South African locomotive 3007,
Class 15F, in service in South Africa. The caption
should have said that the loco shown was
locomotive 3070, photographed by D Black in
1987 in Vereniging, South Africa. We apologize
for any confusion this may have caused.
South African locomotive 3007, Class 15F, is
pictured below, in George Square in 2007.
decorated floor cloth (
). Any woman
would be proud to have this on the floor of her
home and invite guests to sit around and share
food and drink!
Suzanis for today:
An Open Museum project
Colours of the Silk Road was one of last year’s
most visually stunning exhibitions. Showcasing
the Burrell’s prized collection of suzanis –
richly embroidered wall hangings from
Uzbekistan – the displays gave an insight into
how they were made, the lives of the women
who made them, and the multicultural society
in which they lived. Three of the groups that
the Open Museum (OM) team work with came
to visit the exhibition. Inspired by the exhibits,
and supported by the OM team and artists,
the groups created contemporary pieces,
incorporating elements of traditional suzani
production process into their own work.
The group from Glasgow Central Mosque
worked with artist Sadia Gul Ibrahim to
capture the lively community spirit of a village
the night before a wedding. (Suzanis were
often made as part of a woman’s dowry.)
Using traditional wooden block printing
techniques, the group made a beautifully
A wedding bedcover and photo inspired the
group from the Wah Lok Centre, working with
artist Pamela So (pictured). They incorporated the
colour red and symbols of the dragon, phoenix
and flowers – important symbols in Chinese
tradition – into their artwork (
A quilt like this would be passed on from the
bride’s mother/family through the generations.
The piece made by the third group, from
Medical Foundation Scotland for the Care
of Victims of Torture, was developed as a
celebratory gift to all women, its threads full
of hope, peace and healing. They named it in
a number of different languages – Ensemble
nous pouvons; Pamoja tuna weza; Elongo toko
koka; Owamu tusobola; Birlikte yapabiliriz;
Together we can. It celebrated the power of
women when they have the opportunity and
space to create, share skills and discover that
‘together we can’. This group worked with artist
Jan Nimmo.
All the women came back to the Burrell
Collection over the Christmas holidays to see
their suzanis hung as a backdrop to storytelling
sessions. It was also an opportunity for them
to share their personal interpretations of the
original suzanis.
Art on demand
Have you ever wanted your own masterpiece
or favourite work of art hanging in your own
home? Well, now it’s a possibility!
Glasgow Museums’ Photo Library provides
a wide range of high quality, bespoke prints
in a variety of sizes from our collection of
more than 20,000 images. Whether your
preference is for a pretty Degas ballerina or
a breathtaking Scottish landscape, a Charles
Rennie Mackintosh design or a nostalgic
scene from Glasgow’s past, our knowledgeable
staff will be happy to help you.
We’ve recently installed a new, state-of-the-art
Epson 9880 printer. This ensures the highest
quality prints with accurate colour every time, and
we use only the best quality materials for our prints,
produced on lustre photographic paper. For further
information on sizes and costs, or to place your
order, contact us via phone, fax, email or website.
Phone: 0141 287 2595
Fax: 0141 287 2585
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.glasgowmuseums.com/photolibrary
news round-up
Glasgow Collections
Go Online
Regular readers of Preview will be aware
of the Collections Navigator – an ongoing
project to provide a comprehensive
online guide to Glasgow Museums’ huge
collections. Although not officially launched
until September, the service will soon be
revealed to visitors in venues such as the
REAL centres at GoMA, Scotland Street
School Museum, and GMRC, as well as at
the Study Centre in Kelvingrove.
‘The Collections Navigator gets its name
from the ability to search and browse
through the collections: if you don’t know
what’s there it’s hard to know what to search
for’, explained William Kilbride, project
manager for the Collections Navigator. ‘So
with this system you can zoom in on small
groups of related objects such as all the
artefacts from an archaeological site, or
zoom out to get a broad overview of large
topics like natural history. We did some user
evaluation at the start of the project that
was very useful – this identified the demand
for “rich media”, such as sound and video
files and good quality images, which we’ve
now incorporated into the database. This
trial launch will help us test it before we
advertise it more widely. Watch out for the
ads coming to a PC near you soon!’
The Collections Navigator home page.
Lawrence Fitzgerald (Manager, Museum
of Transport & Riverside Museum Project),
Bailie James McNally, Bailie Jean
McFadden, and Paul Jaffrey (Site Project
Manager, BAM Ltd) at the site of the new
Riverside Museum. This was part of the
organized tour by the Council Finance
Scrutiny Committee.
We have begun a project to research,
photograph and publish the 200 tapestries
in the Burrell Collection. Pictured below
is Dr Elizabeth Cleland (left), principal
researcher, with Lady Shaw Stewart and
Robert Taylor of the Burrell Trustees. The
project is supported by the Trustees and the
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
news round-up
The Mackintosh
Experience – on wheels!
thanks again
Did you know that Glasgow Museums has an
amazing band of volunteers, who work on all
sorts of projects in the different museums? To
highlight their work and to say a great big thank
you, we held a celebration for them at Scotland
Street School Museum in December. Fortified
by delicious refreshments and tasty Christmas
meringues supplied by Macs Catering,
volunteers chatted with other helpers based
in different buildings while guests were able to
find out about the different volunteering roles
and the valuable contribution volunteers make
to Glasgow Museums.
Speeches from Mark O’Neill (Head of Arts and
Museums), Janice Lane (Learning & Access
Manager), William Kilbride (Research Manager,
Human History) and Alistair Callaghan (exvolunteer, now Open Museum Outreach
Assistant) provided an insight into some of
the volunteering carried out in 2008 and an
opportunity to express appreciation for this
work. We would like to thank all our volunteers
for their contribution to the city’s museums,
and look forward to an equally successful 2009!
From the end of May to September 2009,
discover the design gems of Glasgow’s most
famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh,
from the comfort of a hop-on hop-off
Mackintosh Bus Experience! The on-board
audio tour gives an insight into Mackintosh the
man, his influences on the city, and his legacy,
while at attractions such as The Lighthouse,
Scotland Street School, House for an Art Lover,
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the
Mackintosh House, Queen’s Cross Church,
Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tearooms
you can see his genius ‘in the flesh’. Starting
from George Square in the city centre, the bus
will run five times a day, seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.crmsociety.com
grins for gran
Children from Carmyle Primary enjoy a ‘Gran
on the Go’ workshop.
A Night at the Theatre
westendtheatre.com is one of the fastest growing
theatre ticketing sites on the web, offering
discounts on London theatre performances
and special hotel and restaurant packages.
Now Preview readers can enjoy a host of
discounts and special offers to top West End
shows with the ‘Preview: Glasgow Museums
Theatre Club’. There’s access to shows with
limited availability too, and a range of special
hotel and theatre and dinner and theatre
packages. Current offers include tickets
for The 39 Steps and Les Miserables, and
offers are updated regularly. So, when you’re
planning your next trip to London, don’t forget
to visit www.westendtheatre.com/previewglasgow
and bag yourself a bargain night out.
Leaving a Legacy
The Friends of Glasgow Museums were set
up by Dr Tom Honeyman as a voluntary
organization to support Glasgow Museums, and
that tradition continues to this day. We support
the museums in a wide variety of ways, but
one of the most tangible is contributing funds
towards the work of the Museums Service,
including the Young Person’s Art Competition
and other educational activities, and of course
to purchases, the most recent being Kennedy’s
Stirling Station. FoGM contributed £16,000
towards this purchase – the largest amount we
have ever given to support the acquisition of a
single work. The funds from the Friends not only
add to the overall total, but also help Glasgow
Museums by contributing to the ‘match funding’
that is often required.
FOGM’s income is derived from three main
sources. Firstly, the membership fees – a regular
and dependable necessity; secondly a small but
significant surplus generated from lectures and
excursions (run by members of the voluntary
committee), which also provide an interest for
members; and thirdly donations – from guided
tours round the Museums, altruistic individuals
and legacies. Glasgow Museums also receive
legacies directly from well-wishers – including
of course from members of FOGM. Anyone
wishing to leave funds specifically to the Friends
of Glasgow Museums must clearly name us
as the beneficiary. In addition to being used to
support the Museums Service, it will also help us
guarantee the future of our organization.
Barclay Lennie, Chairman
Stirling Station by William Kennedy, purchased with the help
of the Friends and now on display at Kelvingrove.
FoGM have been responsible for a number
of donations to aid the purchase of works
of art and items of interest. Between May
2007 and October 2008 we contributed
funds to a great variety of causes, including
meeting half the costs of repairs to the Art
Cart at GoMA. A contribution of £2,000 was
made to the Burrell Collection to enable the
purchase of welcoming and signage packs
for young people. The Executive committee
was asked to aid the purchase of a Guide-U
system – used to help visitors on guided
tours to hear the guides – with a donation
of £5,000. We helped to buy the chair that
Queen Victoria used at the opening of the
Loch Katrine Water Works in 1859 with a
£1,000 gift. We agreed to fund the £14,000
cost of the music by Craig Armstrong for
the re-opening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum, and also to contribute
£2,500 in order to save the Stoddart Carpet
archive. We also made a contribution of
£16,000 to purchase the painting Stirling
Station by Glasgow Boy William Kennedy.
Additional funds are used to finance the
Annual Young Person’s Art Competition,
which is made possible by Friends who’ve
left legacies in order to help young people
interested in the arts.
In the midst of all the recent doom and gloom,
curator Sean McGlashan’s exhibition Echo &
Transcend in Gallery 1 has introduced a feeling
of optimism and positivity with its flashes of
glorious colour. Eduardo Paolozzi’s adaptable
sculpture, Hamlet in a Japanese Manner,
positioned in the centre of the gallery space,
draws the eye down via Bridget Reilly’s visually
challenging works to Large Siren by William
Turnbull – a sculpture that contrasts directly
with its neighbour, Sir Anthony Caro’s Tiptoe,
whose angular, rough and jagged surfaces
return to greet visitors to Gallery 1. Also making
a welcome return, having been the ‘face’ of
GoMA when it first opened, is Alan Davie’s
Cornucopia. Its bright colours and patterns add
to the upbeat feel of this exhibition.
The AGM will take place on 28 May 2009 at
7.00pm in the Lecture Room at Kelvingrove.
The meeting will be preceded by drinks and
nibbles in the basement area, and there is an
opportunity for the Friends to view the Doctor
Who exhibition at no charge from 5.45pm
onwards. This will make it possible for more
members to attend the meeting and allow
us to discuss a greater variety of subjects
– ideas or complaints – while also giving us
some time for socializing.
Please complete the form enclosed with your
copy of Preview and return it so that we know
how many people to accommodate.
Meanwhile, in Galleries 2 and 4 works
purchased with the financial support of the
Art Fund between 2003 and 2008 continue
to feature. Fourteen members of the Art
Fund (Highland Region) visited Glasgow
in September 2008 and were eager to see
photographs of the most recent purchase –
Alison Watt’s Phantom – part of her acclaimed
exhibition and painted whilst she was artist
in residence at the National Gallery, London.
Phantom is currently on display in Gallery 4,
while in Gallery 3 the new exhibition Collected,
showing the works of Matthew Buckingham
and Peter Hujar, is on display until 26 April.
Collected was purchased through the Art
Fund International scheme.
Phantom by Alison Watt. Image courtesy of the Ingleby Gallery,
© National Gallery, London.
open museum connections
Our museum trainee Emmanuel Kurewa has been
working with the Linkes Project’s senior citizens
group in Knightswood as part of his placement
with the Open Museum. The project involved
taking different museum kits to the group over
an eight-week period to stimulate memories and
encourage story sharing. Here Emmanuel tells us
about his work with the group.
I worked with the group on a weekly basis
– they were keen to increase their social
contact and to experience new things – and
I developed a strong rapport with a number
of members. Highlights included members
bringing in their personal photographs and
artefacts and sharing the resulting stories.
I brought along boxes filled with surprises,
items of curiosity and stimulus to excite and
entertain from the Open Museum’s stores.
It was like bringing a little of the museum into
the groups’ communal home!
I also used the Open Museum kits as a
stimulus for creative activities – art materials
encouraged some of the older group members
to rediscover their artistic sides. Some chose
to create images, while others decided to
write about their life experiences. The kits
generated enthusiasm, helping them connect
with their own culture and histories.
Shared memories – Knightswood senior citizens enjoy an Open
Museum workshop.
Opening theme of The Hebrides overture.
This is a good year for celebration! As Scotland
celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth
of Robert Burns, musicians around the world
are also commemorating another important
anniversary – that of composer Felix Mendelssohn,
who was born in 1809. In Scotland we have a
particular interest in this musical genius. Aged just
20, Mendelssohn embarked on a memorable tour
of Scotland with his friend Karl Klingemann. It was
a very fruitful artistic experience, inspiring two
of the most famous musical compositions in the
orchestral repertoire – the overture The Hebrides
(Fingal’s Cave) and Symphony No. 3 in A Minor,
more commonly known as the Scottish Symphony.
Mendelssohn was born into a wealthy and
sophisticated Hamburg banking family.
He was a child prodigy to rank alongside Mozart –
a brilliant pianist and organist and a precociously
talented composer. By the age of 12 he had
written numerous sonatas, a cantata, a piano
trio, two operettas and the first of his 12 string
symphonies. His family even hired an orchestra
so that he could hear his music! Between the
ages of 16 and 17 he wrote two masterpieces –
the Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Opus 20 and
the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Opus 21. In his final year at Berlin University he
conducted the first performance of Bach’s St
Matthew Passion since Bach’s death. This was a
decisive moment in the revival of Bach’s music,
and a key event in Mendelssohn’s important
conducting career.
During that same year Mendelssohn embarked
on a tour of Scotland, arriving in Edinburgh on
28 July 1829. The sights and sounds of the
capital captured his imagination, especially
when he visited the Palace of Holyrood House.
He wrote home ‘in the evening twilight we
went today to the palace where Queen Mary
lived and loved. The chapel close to it is now
roofless, grass and ivy grow there, and at that
broken altar Mary was crowned Queen of
Scotland. I believe I found today in that old
chapel the beginning of my Scotch Symphony’.
An even stronger impression was created that
August when he visited the Hebrides. ‘In order
to make you understand how extraordinarily the
Hebrides affected me, the following came into
my mind there.’ He immediately wrote down
the opening bars of his most famous orchestral
piece, the overture Fingal’s Cave.
In addition to his fame as a pianist, composer
and conductor Mendelssohn wrote many
pieces for the organ including six sonatas.
Written in his last years, they form one of
the cornerstones of today’s organ repertoire.
They’re full of invention, especially in their
treatment of chorale melodies and arpeggios.
The Kelvingrove organ is particularly suitable
for their performance, and throughout
the year as part of our Mendelssohn
bicentennial celebrations you’ll be able to hear
performances of these magnificent pieces at
our Sunday recitals.
We’re keen to encourage a variety of music
making in Kelvingrove, so if your group
would like to participate over the coming
months please do get in touch by phoning
0141 276 9599.
James Hunter, Director of Music
in conversation with...sean mcglashan
Contemporary Art Curator Sean McGlashan
has put together an exciting new exhibition –
sh[OUT]: Contemporary Art and Human Rights
– which opens on 9 April at GoMA. Sean has
spent many months researching the show’s topic
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
life), liaising with colleagues and external
partner organizations, and sourcing artworks
from Europe and the US. Preview asked Sean
some questions about sh[OUT]…
This new show is part of GoMA’s biennial social justice
programme looking at contemporary art and human
rights – how does sh[OUT] fit into it?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) people have made substantial progress
concerning respect and rights in recent times,
but there’s still a long way to go. For instance,
although Scotland has been very progressive
in allowing same-sex couples to have civil
partnerships, if these same couples walk down
the street holding hands they are frequently
subject to verbal, if not physical, abuse.
Orange Deb, 2000, Silkscreen on canvas, Deborah Kass
© Deborah Kass, Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Unfortunately, many youngsters continue to use
‘gay’ as a term of derision. Outside the UK, some
countries still imprison or execute LGBT people.
Why did you decide to call the exhibition ‘sh[OUT]’?
We’ve had advisory boards for the past three
contemporary art and human rights exhibitions,
made up of representatives from local
organizations related to the topic. Many ideas were
put forward for the title of the programme, and
‘sh[OUT]’ won – the Glasgow-based LGBT Youth
Group thought of it. Although there are different
points of view, this title seemed best because it’s
short and breaks up a common English word into
a graphic sequence that implies ‘shhh, be quiet’
followed by an exclamatory OUT. Some LGBT
people don’t want to be out, some feel they’re
already out and there are no problems, but many
feel there’s more to be done concerning visibility
and respect. The title also fits the show in Gallery
4, as the themes of the artworks are mostly
confident and proud.
in conversation with...sean mcglashan
The logo for the overall programme is a neon sign –
where did the idea come from?
Ashley Rawson, one of the designers at Glasgow
Museums, came up with the idea when he
noticed a neon sign on Victoria Road that had
a ‘t’ that was broken. The neon look of the logo
fits with the proud, confident theme as the word
becomes ‘visually loud’. There’s a lot of diversity
within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
communities, and we’ll use the logo for the
exhibitions, the outreach programme and the
schools and communities work, so it covers a
lot of ground.
There is only one Scottish artist in the exhibition –
why’s that?
Well, we may actually have two Scottish
artists, with 14 from other places. For all our
exhibitions, our first objective is to show the best
contemporary and modern art we can, whether
it’s from our permanent collection or works on
loan, such as this show. When choosing artists
for the Contemporary Art and Human Rights
exhibitions we look for artists whose practice
already deals with the topic. There were few
high-profile artists in Scotland whose practice
dealt with issues of LGBT rights and history.
There is a varied selection of art in the show – was it a
difficult exhibition to put together, or did you have lots
of artists to choose from?
Worldwide, many interesting artists make work
about Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex
issues. However, I should point out that there is
a notable lack of artists whose work comments
on bisexual rights and history. Like many of these
projects, it started slowly but after research visits
to New York City and London I could have filled
the entire building! I had invitations to Paris,
Berlin and beyond to meet more artists but time,
money and space had run out.
Are you worried about how visitors might react to the
No. There may be the odd negative reaction,
but our audiences over the years have been
very open-minded about our exhibitions, even
when some might be considered controversial,
such as this one.
Patricia Cronin, Memorial to a Marriage, 2004, bronze.
© Patricia Cronin.
Which piece of art in the show do you think is most
controversial and why?
Maybe The Actresses, which is a large
painting by London-based painter Sadie Lee,
because of its normality. It shows two middleaged women, half clothed and spooning in
bed. It’s a tender, domestic scene that shows
two people who happen to be the same sex in
an embrace. A few works in the show might
raise eyebrows, but mainly visitors will be
surprised at how similar LGBT people and
heterosexual people are.
Is there a wider sh[OUT)]programme?
There is much more to sh[OUT] than the
Gallery 4 exhibition. As with the past two
Contemporary Art and Human Rights
programmes we have the main exhibition,
a smaller lead-in exhibition in Gallery 3, an
outreach programme lasting well over a year
that includes four projects, three artists-inresidencies, five shows on our balconies,
artist talks and performances. There’ll also
be an extensive schools and community
programme, delivered here in GoMA’s Studio,
and a series of LGBT-related films in Gallery
2 from July to October.
riverside museum update – panel power!
All sorts of different people are working to
deliver the Riverside Museum. There are
conservators, designers, architects, curators,
builders, editors, technicians, photographers,
researchers and administrators. But there’s
one very important group without whom our
jobs would be nigh impossible – volunteers
and members of the public.
Since the project began in 2004, we’ve had
the guidance of six advisory panels, made up
from members of public. One of the panels’
aims is to help us make important decisions
about the Riverside Museum Project.
Members of the panels include academics,
teachers, children, teenagers, people with
sensory impairments, people with limited
mobility, local businesspeople, community
leaders and nearby residents.
Last October, we met with our Junior Panel
– pupils from St Constantine’s and Hyndland
Primary Schools. We wanted to know what
they thought of our ideas for a children’s book
we want to publish for the opening of the
museum in 2011. We took them round the
Museum of Transport while they offered us
ideas of what they’d like to see in the book.
We then asked them to write or draw a picture
Members of the Riverside Teen Panel were greeted with
a spot of sunshine when they visited the site of the new
museum late last year.
of how they thought the book might end. (You
can see some of their stories and drawings on
Glasgow Museums’ website,
The Teen Panel – pupils from Hillhead High
School – were given the opportunity to visit the
building site last year. Their excitement grew
as they put on the regulation safety clothes,
including high-visibility jackets and steel toecapped wellies – perfect for stomping about
in the mud. Riverside’s site manager was able
to show the kids round most of the building,
including the first floor. They even got a
special tour of the museum’s super-trenches.
Our other panels – Access, Community,
Education and Academic – are made up of
adults. They too have our sincere gratitude,
and we’re indebted to them for sharing their
thoughts and views on a range of important
matters, such as our story displays and
the design of the building. We’re extremely
grateful to all the volunteers who give up their
time to help the Riverside Museum Project,
and who are helping us make the museum
the best it can be for our visitors!
a tale to tell
Next in our series looking at the stories behind
the objects in Glasgow’s collections is Costume
and Textiles Curator Rebecca Quinton’s tale.
Investigating a Burrell mystery
The Burrell Collection includes a very rare
Jacobean embroidered skirt panel (pictured
below). When the Trustees acquired this at
auction in 1996, the catalogue said that it had
been given as a gift or prerequisite (from which
we get the colloquialism ‘perk’) to William
Dering, a page for King Charles I. It had passed
by descent through his family, which included
one John Thurlow Dering.
As part of ongoing research on the skirt, I’ve
traced the Dering line but can’t find a William
Dering until the late fifteenth century, far too early
to have served Charles I. However, a transcript
of family monumental inscriptions found in
Charing Church in Kent by Leland L Duncan
(1920) includes one for ‘Catherine Dering wife
of the Reverend Edward Dering, clerk. She was
the daughter of William Levet Esquire who served
King Charles the First many years and attended
him on ye scaffold’. As Edward and Catherine
died childless, their property, including items
Catherine inherited from her father, would have
passed to their siblings. These include Heneage
Dering, Edward’s brother and grandfather of John
Thurlow Dering.
William Levett served as Page of the Backstairs
for Charles I, rising to the rank of Groom of the
Bedchamber. He accompanied the king during
his imprisonment on the Isle of Wight and later
in London. As a member of the royal household
he received several prerequisites, which would
have included cast-off clothing from the royal
wardrobe, including items made for Charles’s
mother, Anne of Denmark. This year I will be
researching the surviving inventories of Anne’s
households taken after her death in 1619. Will
they provide the missing link?
Appreciating Art: An expert companion
Diana Newell; A&C Black; 2008; paperback;
ISBN 9780713687309; £12.99
How do you learn
to appreciate
art? What extra
knowledge about
a painting will
enhance the
experience of
looking at it?
How do you
put a painting
and painter in
context? What’s
style and what’s
In her book, Appreciating Art: An expert
companion, art historian Diana Newell
attempts to answer these and other questions
in a way that’s accessible to the general
reader when faced with visits to familiar
or unfamiliar collections of art. The book
covers the span from the fifteenth century
to the twentieth century, with references to
Ancient Greece and Rome. It’s divided into
sections covering, among others ‘The Nude’,
‘Landscape’, ‘Still life’ and ‘Genre’. Each
section is produced to a standard format,
arranged chronologically and with a quick
guide to the artists involved, guiding the
reader with text, lavish illustrations in colour,
and links to more information about the artist
or context. There’s also a very useful timeline
with thumbnail illustrations. The section ‘How
to Look’ summarizes this academic topic in
two pages.
This is a thoroughly modern twenty-firstcentury approach to appreciating art.
Contrast it with standard twentieth-century
books like The Outline of Art by William
Orpen, where the illustrations were black
and white and the text was wordy. We live
in a technicolour age and we’re told that
attention spans are short. However, this
book has references for further reading and
encourages the reader to find out more. In
no way is the subject treated casually. It’s as
a primer to art appreciation that this book
succeeds, by condensing the experience in
fewer than 200 pages, and at 20cm x 16cm
it’s a handy guide book to take with you on
your next museum visit.
Reviewed by Frances Dryburgh,
Volunteer Guide
The Theatre Royal: Entertaining a nation
Graeme Smith; Glasgow Publications;
October 2008; ISBN 978-0-9559420-0-6
What a joy this
book is for lovers
of Glasgow’s
cultural history!
and beautifully
illustrated, it’s
a great read.
Graeme Smith’s
The Theatre Royal
– Entertaining a
nation is more than a history of a building,
as it places Glasgow’s oldest theatre in its
social context to reveal a fascinating network
of cultural activity in and around the city as
well as looking at the creation of a Scottish
cultural icon.
Taking the metaphor Smith employs for his
work, the curtain rises on theatre in Glasgow
at the time of the opening of the Theatre Royal
building in 1867. He paints a vibrant picture
of popular entertainment at the time and then
takes the reader on a journey from the Theatre
Royal’s early days through to the present.
And what a journey that has been! There’s
pantomime, variety, silent film, drama, the
rise of Scottish Television, the birth of Scottish
Opera, dance, endings and new beginnings….
It introduces leading characters, many of
whom were movers and shakers in Glasgow’s
cultural world. There are features on influential
people such as the Glover family and Dr
Tom Honeyman, former Director of Glasgow
Museums. The use of sections, separate from
the main text, to focus on the main dramatis
n going
l carrying
y ship
en flags
front of
personae, rather than a continuous narrative,
means that it’s also easy to browse.
Smith’s meticulous research shows in the
shrewd use of contemporary accounts and
selection of images. A word or two must
be said about images as the book is well
illustrated with playbills, posters, programmes
and photographs. These are from a mix of
private and public sources, including a couple
from Glasgow Museums’ collections, and
some are published for the first time. For an
encore, there is a chapter on earlier Theatre
Royals, built in Glasgow before 1867.
Graeme Smith was a director of the Theatre
Royal and Scottish Opera in the early 1990s
and his enthusiasm and knowledge of his
subject shines through this book. He’s managed
to combine a popular general read with good
solid research that will continue to delight for
some time. Just like the Theatre Royal.
Reviewed by Fiona Hayes,
Curator of Social History
Glasgow, 1955: Through the lens
Fiona Hayes with Peter Douglas
ISBN 978 0902752 89 4; £9.99, April 2008
In 1955 Glasgow
camera clubs
created a unique
survey of the
city, capturing
everyday scenes
GLASGOW 1955: Through the Lens
of people
and places
in Scotland’s largest city. Fiona Hayes,
Glasgow Museums’ Curator of Social History,
chose 90 of the best images for this book,
including photographs of Glasgow’s streets,
parks, the River Clyde, canals, shipbuilding,
industry, leisure, travel and transport,
children, and working life in the city at the
time. An introductory essay puts them into a
historical context.
Step back in time to the days of the trams
and the tenements and see how the people of
Glasgow worked, played and lived in 1955. If
you remember the Fifties, are curious about
life in Glasgow at the time, or want to see if
your street or workplace was photographed,
this is the book for you! Available from
museum shops and all good bookshops.
Coming soon – new Kelvingrove souvenir guide
A new souvenir
guide to
will be in our
museum shops
in late spring.
It’s a beautifully
illustrated book,
written by the
people who
look after the
collections with
photographs taken by our Photography team.
Highlights from the displays are arranged by
gallery and theme, and there’s a brief history
of Kelvingrove to put it all in to context. The
objects were chosen for many different
reasons – because they’re unique, have an
interesting story to tell, are most often asked
about, or are representative of a whole group
of objects in the collection. Whether you’re a
first-time visitor or a committed Kelvingrove
fan, you’ll find something in here to fascinate,
entertain or astound you. Co-published with
Philip Wilson Publishers, the book will be
available in museum shops from early May,
priced £10.00.
who’s coming to town?
The Doctor Who exhibition lands at Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum on 28 March. Tickets for the opening
weekend have sold out, but you have until 4 January 2010
to see the costumes and props from this blockbuster TV
show. But why does the Doctor inspire such loyalty – and
how has the show survived the onslaught of glossier
American sci-fi shows? Resource Planner Peter Marshall
fills us in.
In November 1963, a love affair with science fiction
TV began. For a large section of the UK population,
Saturday teatimes became the highlight of the week.
As soon as Delia Derbyshire’s and Ron Grainers’
otherworldly, looping theme tune started, as soon as
the opening credits rolled, we were travelling in time
and space, and a nation was mesmerized. Yes, it was
Doctor Who. And while by and large we may have
conquered those urges to hide behind the sofa, the
Doctor’s adventures are still required viewing for a
whole section of the population.
Initially commissioned as an educational show,
the first episode, ‘An Unearthly Child’ (1963), with
William Hartnell as the Doctor, introduced us to
the Time Lord and his TARDIS. The show’s remit
quickly widened to include pure entertainment, and
we were hooked for the next 26 years. The Doctor’s
weekly travels through time and space offered great
flexibility for script development and narrative freedom,
and recurring themes and characters such as the
Master, Daleks and Cybermen have provided continuity
across series (and decades). So too has his strange time
machine that appeared bigger on the inside and, due to
a broken ‘chameleon circuit’, has remained in the shape
of a 1950s police box. The programme rapidly became
a national institution, and one of the great shared
experiences of British childhood. Of course the Doctor’s
regeneration is the programme’s most innovative plot
device and the reason why Doctor Who has achieved
its longevity. The producers can change the Doctor
whenever necessary – whether because of poor ratings,
illness (William Hartnell) or actors leaving (Christopher
Eccleston didn’t want to be typecast). However, the
Doctor can only regenerate 12 times… so programme
makers may have to re-write Time Lord history if they
want the show to continue indefinitely!
The decline and rise of Doctor Who
In the 1980s, Doctor Who’s popularity declined and
it was axed in 1989. The in-jokes and continuity
references that appealed to its cult audience
alienated new viewers. It lost its family audience,
and ratings dropped. And it looked old-fashioned
in the face of competition from films such as
the Star Wars trilogy, new TV, cable and satellite
programmes, and the technology and budgets of
American shows.
But this ‘rest’ period proved to be the key to its
successful comeback in 2005. In the intervening
years we’d seen the end of the Cold War, the
rise of the Internet, increased terrorist threats,
mobile phone technology, cheap travel, a global
marketplace and many other huge changes.
And all these could be used to modernize Doctor
Who’s appeal. Themes such as alien invasion
are still there, but so are stories about the
power of the media, new terrorist threats to the
world, and globalization. The newer Doctors –
Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant – are
younger, more appealing to a new audience.
Although they still have the mischievous, slightly
eccentric traits of previous Doctors, they also
have greater emotional depth. And the Doctor’s
companions, such as Rose (played by Billie
Piper) and Donna (played by Catherine Tate),
have greater range and complexity.
To compete with cult viewing American
imports such as The X-Files and Buffy the
Vampire Slayer, writing of the same quality
was needed. With Russell T Davies on board,
the BBC showed its ambition. He used similar
narrative devices to American sci-fi series,
linking episodes by themes and motifs and an
overarching grand narrative. Casting a ‘proper’
actor, Christopher Eccleston, was another
significant indication of ambition, as was the
£900,000 per episode budget. Shooting the
show digitally meant expensive CGI effects could
be used and the inside of the Tardis, the body
armour of the Cybermen and, crucially, the
design of the Daleks, were updated. (Scarily, the
Daleks can now fly, no escape now simply by
running up a flight of stairs.)
2010 to see how he gets on. But there’s
no doubt that there’s plenty of mileage and
potential left in the series – and no reason
why Doctor Who can’t continue to enthral
generations of viewers to come.
So come along to Kelvingrove and marvel at
how the Ood come to life, see the Cybermen,
try out the Dalek voice, and test your knowledge
of the world of Doctor Who. Tickets are priced
£7.50 for adults/£4.50 for concessions, plus
booking fee, and are available in person from
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or from
the SECC Box Office. For more information, visit
www.glasgowmuseums.com or phone the ticket
hotline on 08444 815816. The Kelvingrove
shop has a wide range of official Doctor Who
merchandise in stock, including pocket
money items and collectables. Throughout the
exhibition, the Café has a specially themed
menu, perfect for all fans of the Time Lord!
Doctor Who logo © BBC 2004.
Dalek image © BBC.
Cyberman image © BBC,
Licensed by BBC Worldwide
Speculation gripped the nation when it was
announced that David Tennant was stepping
down as Doctor. It was a surprise when it was
revealed – on national news, no less – that
relative newcomer Matt Smith was to be the
eleventh Doctor and we’d have to wait until
All museums are run by Culture and
Sport Glasgow on behalf of Glasgow
City Council and are open daily from
10am–5pm, except Fridays and
Sundays, 11am–5pm. GoMA is open
until 8pm on Thursdays. All museums
are closed 25, 26, 31 December
(afternoon) and 1, 2 January.
Don’t miss the final weeks of
this major touring exhibition
from the British Museum.
Focusing on the theme of
competition in the Ancient
Greek world, the displays
explore heroes, sport, politics,
drama and music.
Glasgow Museums runs an extensive
Schools Programme: for details of our
workshops for schools and nurseries,
please contact the Museums Education
Service by phoning 0141 276 9505/6,
or visit www.glasgowmuseums.com
Featuring one of the largest
selections of Greek artefacts
ever loaned by the British
Museum, it includes
wonderful examples of blackand red-figured vases and
marble sculptures. Hands-on
features and a wide-ranging
events programme make this
an ideal introduction to the
ancient world for children
and families.
Pollok Country Park, 2060
Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow
G43 1AT
Phone 0141 287 2550
Fax 0141 287 2597
Text Phone 0141 287 0047
Venue hire 0141 287 8912
Ancient Greeks: Athletes, warriors
and heroes
A British Museum Touring
Until 4 May 2009
Ancient Greeks: Athletes,
warriors and heroes is funded
through the British Museum’s
Partnership UK scheme and
the generosity of the Dorset
[Pics: available from Jacqui]
[Logo: the British Museum
Partnership UK logo’]
© Trustees of the British Museum.
Talks and Tours
Introductory talks – Ancient
Tuesdays 3.00pm;
Fridays 12.30pm
Meet in the exhibition gallery
for a whistle-stop tour of the
Greek world in the Ancient
Greeks exhibition.
© Trustees of the British Museum.
Tour of the Ancient Greeks
exhibition for visually impaired
Friday 30 April
Join us for a descriptive
tour of the exhibition and its
themes. Maximum of eight
people – please book places
by phoning 0141 287 2564.
BSL tour of the Ancient Greeks
Join us for a signed tour of
the exhibition and its themes.
Maximum of eight people –
please email [email protected]
csglasgow.org or use textphone
on 0141 287 0047 for further
Back to the Future – Archaeology
in the Nile Delta
Saturday 9 May, 2.00pm
Dr Patricia Spencer is
Director of the Egypt
Exploration Society, founded
in 1882 in order to explore,
survey, and excavate ancient
sites in Egypt and Sudan,
and to publish the results of
this work. Excavation work
in the Delta has always been
difficult due to the water
table, modern housing needs,
and roads – Dr Spencer
will be talking about these
challenges and more.
European costume and textiles
viewing session
Dates TBC
Come and see exquisite items
of 17th-century lace under
the guidance of lace expert
Jean Leader.
Curators’ Favourites
Meet the experts and learn
about their favourite objects
at these fascinating free
gallery talks. All details
correct at time of printing, but
may be subject to change at
short notice. Please meet in
the Burrell courtyard.
1 April: Noorah Al-Gailani,
Curator of Islamic Civilizations
An Iznik ceramic tankard from
Ottoman Turkey
8 April: Ralph Moffat,
Curator of Arms and Armour
A Greek Corinthian bronze helmet
15 April:Muriel King,
Museum Manager
Meet the Etruscans
Themed tours
Free, meet at the Enquiry
22 April: Robert Wenley,
Curator of European Art
Dutch engraved glass
The volunteer guides offer
a number of free tours.
Tours may be subject to
cancellation at short notice,
so please phone the Burrell
Collection on 0141 287 2550
before your visit to avoid
29 April:Muriel King,
Museum Manager
Ancient Greeks at the Burrell
6 May: Marie Stumpff,
Senior Conservator
Princess Cecily – a portrait painted
on glass
Friday 17 April, 1.30pm
Mr John Rattenbury
Islamic art in the Burrell Collection
13 May:Simon Eccles, Senior
Curator, Ancient Civilizations
The pyramidion of Nesi-pa-kashuty, Vizier of Egypt
20 May:Noorah Al-Gailani,
Curator of Islamic Civilizations
A Valencian ceramic dish from
Moorish Spain
27 May: Rebecca Quinton,
Curator of Costume and
Jacobean coifs and nightcaps
3 June: Patricia Collins,
Curator of Medieval and
Renaissance Art
Three paintings from the workshop
of Lucas Cranach
10 June: Robert Wenley,
Curator of European Art
William Randolph Hearst and
collecting architecture
Thursday 23 April, 11.30am
Mrs Dina Ward
The fabulous Burrell tapestries
Wednesday 6 May, 2.30pm
Mrs Elizabeth Black
Cultural transition on the Silk Road
Saturday 16 May, 1.00pm
Dr Alan Macdonald
Beheadings in the Burrell
17 June: Muriel King,
Museum Manager
The Bible Tapestry
Saturday 13 June, 1.00pm
Mrs Morna Mathers
Ancient Egypt: A river runs
through it
24 June: Patricia Collins,
Curator of Medieval and
Renaissance Art
Renaissance ceramics from Spain
and Italy
Saturday 27 June, 2.30pm
Mrs Jenny Inglis
Jade and bronze in the Burrell
Greek Pottery demonstration
Saturday 18 April
10.30am–12.30pm and
Stephen Baxter will show you
how to make Ancient Greek
pottery forms on the wheel.
Just drop in.
Greek Pottery Masterclass
Saturday 25 April,
Stephen Baxter will run a
masterclass workshop on
the black-figure technique
for decorating Ancient Greek
pottery. Places are limited, so
please book in advance by
phoning 0141 287 2564.
Greek to Greek walk
Sunday 26 April
House, designed by Alexander
‘Greek’ Thomson. Discover
the Greek influences on the
house and the frieze based on
John Flaxman’s drawings of
Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad.
Places are limited, so please
book on 0141 287 2564.
Adult art workshops
Wednesdays: 10.00am–
12 noon
The Burrell Collection is
hosting a series of monthly
adult art workshops to coincide
with the Curators’ Favourites
gallery talks and other events.
The sessions include a
practical art session as well as
gallery tours or object handling.
Only 15 places are available, so
please book by phoning 0141
287 2564.
Glass engraving: Wednesday 22
April, 10.00am
Take inspiration from the
Burrell’s collection of 16thand 17th-century engraved
glass and decorate your own
glass object.
Stone carving: Wednesday 13
May, 10.00am
Frieze at Holmwood House.
Take a short tour of the
Ancient Greeks exhibition
before setting off on a gentle
four-mile walk along the
White Cart river to Holmwood
Discover the excellent
examples of stone carving
from different cultures, then
have a go at carving into soft
stone yourself.
Oil painting: Wednesday 3
June, 10.00am
View the oil paintings on
display in the Burrell before
trying out this medium.
Families and Children
Ancient Greeks family talks
Sundays, 3.00pm
Free, meet in the exhibition
Discover the competitive world
of the Ancient Greeks with a
family-friendly introduction
to the Athletes, Warriors and
Heroes exhibition.
Storytelling, rap, song and sport
Sunday 5 April, 2.00pm
Fergus McNicol and Ron
Fairweather of the Village
Storytelling Centre will lead
a sporty storytelling session
outside – weather permitting.
Please book in advance.
Storytelling and dance
Sunday 19 April, 2.30pm and
Discover Ancient Greek stories
through dance with Jean
Edmiston and Rosina Bonsu
of the Village Storytelling
Centre. Please book in
Stories from Ancient Greece
Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and
Monday 4 May, 2.30pm and
Join us on the last weekend
for tales of Ancient Greece
inspired by the exhibition.
Drop-in, no need to book.
Burrell for families
Saturdays, 2.00pm
Enjoy new ways of discovering
the Burrell’s collections. Join us
on the dates below and take a
creative look at the treasures on
display. The sessions last about
90 minutes, and are designed
for families with children aged
5–12 years. Please book in
advance as places are limited –
phone 0141 287 2564.
4 April: Flying kites
Create a kite for the Chinese
Qing Ming Festival of the
hungry ghosts. Decorate it with
animal designs from around
the Burrell Collection.
11 April: Spring flowers
Discover the flowers hidden
in the museum and make a
spring posy.
23 May: A walk in the woods
Join us to explore the wild links
between the Burrell Collection
and Pollok Park.
6 June: Marvellous mosaics
Use the Burrell’s Roman
cockerel mosaic as inspiration
for your own design.
13 June: Giant landscapes
Look at the different ways artists
capture the landscape and help
us create a giant landscape
outside – weather permitting!
Zest Spring Holiday Programme
Have some creative holiday fun
linked to our current displays.
All workshops are free. An
adult must accompany
children aged under eight.
Morning sessions last about
90 minutes and places are
limited – please phone 0141
287 2564 to book. Afternoon
sessions are drop-in. Pick up a
ticket at the Enquiry Desk.
These holiday workshops are
also available on Monday or
Friday for pre-booked groups of
children or young people – get
in touch on 0141 287 2564 for
more details.
Buried treasure
Tuesday 7 April, 10.30am
What would you take with
you to the afterlife? Discover
ancient burial objects from
China and make your own
version out of clay.
Flying kites
Tuesday 7 April, 2.00–4.00pm
Create and decorate a kite for
the Chinese Qing Ming Festival
of the hungry ghosts.
Walk like an Egyptian
Thursday 9 April, 10.30am
Discover what life was like for
Ancient Egyptians, including
storytelling and real Egyptian
objects to inspect.
Mini afterlife workers
Thursday 9 April, 2.00–4.00pm
Medieval warriors
Tuesday 14 April, 10.30am
Take a close look at the
weapons and armour used by
medieval warriors, and help us
construct a working trebuchet
siege engine.
Warrior armour
Tuesday 14 April, 2.00–4.00pm
Make a heraldic breastplate
inspired by medieval armour
in the museum. Once you’re
kitted out like a knight, see
if you can fire the trebuchet
siege engine!
Herakles – the ultimate superhero
Thursday 16 April, 10.30am
Can you undertake the 12
labours of Herakles and match
him as a superhero?
Hard as a hoplite
Thursday 16 April,
Are you as tough as a Greek
warrior? Come along and
find out.
The Burrell Decathlon
A Show Scotland event
Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May
The last weekend of the
exhibition is your chance to
take part in heroic action,
athletic challenges and Ancient
Greek tests. Can you take on
up to 10 challenges – indoors
and outdoors, sporty and arty,
daring and brainy – and get a
Burrell decathlon medal? Join
us for a bank holiday weekend
of fun!
Make a model person to do the
things you’d rather not – just
like the Ancient Egyptians did
for the afterlife.
Royal Exchange Square,
Glasgow G1 3AH
Phone 0141 287 3050
Fax 0141 287 3062
Text phone 0141 287 3005
Echo & Transcend
Gallery 1
Until 2010
This exhibition brings together
a wide-ranging selection of
abstract art. Some of the
works on display echo reality,
while others transcend it. The
challenging and engaging
nature of abstraction is
revealed in paintings by
William McCance, Alan Davie
and Bridget Riley and through
sculptures by Anthony Caro
and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Collected: Matthew Buckingham/
Peter Hujar – Art Fund
International acquisitions
Until 26 April 2009
sh[OUT]:Contemporary art and
human rights
9 April–1 November 2009
GoMA has a social justice
exhibition every other year.
This year the topic is Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
life, and the exhibition will both
celebrate and raise awareness
of LGBT people. Artists
represented include David
Hockney, Nan Goldin, Robert
Mapplethorpe, Felix GonzalezTorres and Catherine Opie.
Please note: The sh[OUT]
exhibition contains some
sexually explicit artworks.
Drawn Out & Painted Pink
Balcony 2
9 April–7 June 2009
Works by Matthew
Buckingham and Peter Hujar
purchased through the Art
Fund International scheme.
These acquisitions mark
GoMA’s first purchases of
works by non-UK artists for
over 10 years.
Tank Tops, Lipstick Lesbians,
Stop the Section, Safer Sex –
it’s all there, drawn out and
painted pink.
Our Vivid Stories
Balcony 1
9 April–7 June 2009
This is the first exhibition
from the sh[OUT] outreach
programme with a project
from OurStory Scotland and
LGBT Youth Scotland. Unique
sound and image works in
the words of young people
were developed in a series of
intense workshops with artist
filmmakers Dianne Barry and
Julie Ballands.
Rob Churm
Gallery 3
Thursday 21 May–Sunday 2
August 2009
Rob Churm graduated from
the Glasgow School of Art in
2001. Since then his surreal,
monochromatic ink drawings
have been included in notable
exhibitions in Scotland. This
display – the first exhibition
of Churm’s work at GoMA –
presents new drawings made
in 2009.
Auntie Studs © Katie Charlesworth
Kate Charlesworth and David
Shenton have led overlapping
cartooning lives, chronicling
gay/dyke/queer/lgbt (you
choose) life from pretty police
to civil partnerships and
Talks and Tours
Artist’s Talk Series
All talks free, drop-in, all
BSL interpreters are available
for all artists’ talks – please
contact Frances McCourt
on 0141 287 3056 or email
[email protected]
to arrange
sh[OUT] tour
17 April, 4.00 –5.00pm
Join Sean McGlashan, Curator
of Contemporary Art, for a
tour of the exhibition sh[OUT]:
Contemporary art and human
Collected: Matthew Buckingham/
Peter Hujar tour
18 April, 1.00 –2.00pm
Join Ben Harman, Curator of
Contemporary Art, for a tour
of the exhibition Collected:
Matthew Buckingham/Peter
Hujar. Art Fund International
Thursday 23 April
To coincide with their exhibition
Drawn Out & Painted Pink
on Balcony 2, cartoonists
Kate Charlesworth and David
Shenton will give an illustrated
talk describing their work
chronicling gay/dyke/queer/lgbt
(you choose) life from pretty
police to civil partnerships and
Thursday 21 May
sh[OUT] artist Chad McCail
talks about his work Spring
Tree and his ambition through
his work to promote the
formation of strong and loving
relationships and to highlight
conditions where these
relationships flourish or are
Thursday 25 June
Join Sean McGlashan, Curator
of sh[OUT]: Contemporary art
and human rights, as he gives
a tour of the exhibition.
VI tour of Echo and Transcend
Saturday 27 June
Artist Juliana Capes gives an
overview of the works and
themes in the exhibition in
a tour for visually impaired
adults. Free, but please phone
0141 287 3059 to reserve a
sh[OUT]: Contemporary art and
human rights – events programme
Thursday 9 April–Sunday
1 November
As part of GoMA’s ground
breaking social justice
programme sh[OUT]:
Contemporary art and human
rights, there will be various
events, talks and workshops
to support the exhibition in
Gallery 4. A highlight on 2 May
is Beyond Drag, part of Show
Scotland 2009 (1–4 May).
This has been developed by
GoMA, CSG Arts Development
and OurStory Scotland, and is
a workshop and performance
exploring gender identity.
For further information on the
programme at GoMA please
phone 0141 287 3041 or visit
[Amnesty International logo
attached, SAC lottery logo,
Show Scotland logo]
Families and Children
Saturday Art Club (SAC)
Saturdays, 10.30am–1.00pm
Come and get creative on
Saturday mornings – try out
drawing, collage, painting and
much more. No experience
is necessary for these lively
practical workshops, which are
designed for children aged 3–11
years and their parents too!
Spring Zest
GoMA is hosting two weeks
of creative fun this spring.
Come along and get creative!
All workshops are free. Please
phone 0141 287 3059 for
more information.
SAC Moody Scenes
Saturday 4 April,
Drop-in – for children aged
3–11 years
In this fun-packed session
create your own skyscape
painting, inspired by works on
display in Echo & Transcend.
You will be experimenting with
watercolours and dry brush
Kinetic Sculptures/Mobiles
Tuesday 7 April,
10.00am–12.00 noon
Please book – for children
aged 8–11 years
Make kinetic sculpture
mobiles, by responding to
different types of music. You
will be making a sculpture
mobile representing the way a
piece of music makes you feel.
Drawing with Shadows
Wednesday 8 April,
Please book – for young
people aged 12–15 years
Use colour, line, shape and
objects to explore feelings and
emotions within our exciting
mood dens! You can drop-in
to see our dens throughout the
Web of Influence
Sunday 12 April,
Drop-in – for all the family
Using GoMA’s exhibitions as
inspiration, explore space,
sculpture, light and shade to
create your own shadow images.
Discover more about works on
display in our Echo & Transcend
exhibition – drop in to handle
objects, take part in interactive
activities and find out more
about the lives of the artists.
Children’s Tour
Wednesday 8 April,
Please book – for children
aged 8–11 years
Comic Strip Characters
Tuesday 14 April,
10.00am–12.00 noon
Please book – for children
aged 8–11 years
Come and join in our lively
and interactive children’s tour
around parts of our gallery.
Use images to tell your story by
designing your own comic, flip
book or magazine.
Documentary Photography –
‘People, Places and Spaces’
Thursday 9 April,
Please book – for young
people aged 15–18 years
Pouring Shapes
Wednesday 15 April,
10.00am–12.00 noon
Please book – for young
people aged 12–15 years
Inspired by works on display in
GoMA experiment using digital
photography to explore and
document your world.
SAC Mood Dens
Saturday 11 April
Drop-in – for children aged
3–11 years
In this workshop you can
experiment drawing with form
using moulds, plaster casting
and rubbing techniques.
Children’s Tour
Wednesday 15 April, 11.00am–
Please book – for children aged
8–11 years
Join our lively, interactive
children’s tour around the Gallery.
Perspectives of a Skater
Thursday 16 April,
Drop-in – for young people
aged 12–15 years
Come along to this drop-in
session where we’ll be drawing
cityscapes and architecture
using a variety of drawing
SAC Creative Creases
Saturday 18 April
Drop-in – for children aged
3–11 years years
Inspired by sculptures in Echo
and Transcend, make your own
3D art work out of paper.
200 Woodhead Road,
Nitshill, Glasgow G53 7NN
Phone 0141 276 9300
Fax 0141 276 9305
Text Phone 0141 276 9428
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
(GMRC) is a purpose-built museum
storage facility and visitor centre
in the south side of Glasgow.
GMRC is currently closed for a
£13million extension, but will
reopen later this year when
we’ll be offering an even more
extensive range of tours and
events for visitors of all ages.
To find out more about
developments at GMRC,
see p.5.
Argyle Street, Glasgow
G3 8AG
Phone 0141 276 9599
Fax 0141 276 9540
Text phone 0141 276
Venue hire 0141 287 8912
Doctor Who: The Exhibition at
28 March–4 January 2010
Doctor Who: The Exhibition is
the only chance in Scotland to
see genuine props, costumes
and monsters from the Doctor
Who TV series.
Furniture in Focus – The decorated
Mackintosh and the Glasgow
Style gallery
Until Spring 2010
Three pieces of furniture from
three very different designers
but with one common goal –
to use materials and pattern
imaginatively to decorate the
surface of objects. This new
story explores the beautiful
materials and craftsmanship
to be found in the detail of
three furniture pieces in our
permanent collection from
1895–1910: a
folding screen by
George Logan,
an embroidered
folding screen
by Eliza Kerr and
a chair by Carlo
© BBC/Terry Nation 1963.
Tickets, priced £7.50 for
adults, £4.50 concessions
(plus booking fee) are on sale
at www.SECxtra.com or phone
08444 815 816. An ideal gift
for all fans of the Time Lord!
You can keep up to date with
Doctor Who Exhibition news at
www.glasgowmuseums.com and
Chair by Carlo Bugatti, Italy, about 1895.
Saturday 4 April–Sunday 31
May 2009
An exhibition showing
the creative writing and
photographic work of Women
Against Violent Environments
(WAVES). A joint project
between Community Learning
and Glasgow Museums.
Saturday 6 June–Sunday 19
July 2009
The Mela is one of the
brightest days in a wet
Glasgow summer. This
exhibition highlights some of
the vibrant creative work going
on in Glasgow.
Closer Look at Costume
Tuesday 7 April and Saturday
11 April
Examine descriptions of a
selection of costumes found on
display or in our paintings.
Glasgow – Old and New
Tuesday 5 May and Saturday
9 May
Talks and Tours
Featuring famous people
as well as memories and
memorabilia, this is an
opportunity to learn new things
about Glasgow.
Art Talks
Fridays: 24 April, 29 May,
26 June
Scottish Paintings
Tuesday 2 June and Saturday
6 June
Explore Kelvingrove’s worldfamous art collection with
a short, free gallery tour.
No booking required, but
numbers are limited to 15
people so be sure to turn up
early! Groups should meet
at the information desk in
Find out more about paintings
from Scotland, spanning the
centuries from the execution
of Mary, Queen of Scots right
through to the 20th century.
Interactive Tours for Visually
Impaired People
Join Kelvingrove’s volunteer
guides on a themed gallery
tour, adapted specially
for visitors with a visual
impairment. The tours last
about one hour and include
visual descriptions of key
objects and paintings, as well
as providing opportunities
to handle objects. For more
information or to book a place
call 0141 276 9542 and ask for
a guide to be arranged. Meet at
the Reception Desk in the Main
Hall on the upper ground floor.
Art classes for 16+
Sundays: 26 April–1 May
This is a free programme of
study for adults aged 16+,
incorporating viewings and
discussion of paintings and
sculpture, as well as a chance
to create original art work.
No previous experience
necessary, but you must
commit to attending all
six sessions. Materials are
provided. Please phone 0141
276 9507 to book your place.
Show Scotland – The Real Fighting
Stuff: arms and armour at
Saturday 2 May and Sunday
3 May
A free, fun-packed day of
exciting activities with arms
and armour displays, talks and
games. Special events include:
falconry, battle re-enactment
and sword play demonstrations.
Suitable for adults and children,
no need to book.
Doctor Who Events
11–12 April; 9–10 May; 13–14
During 2009, the second
weekend of every month is
Doctor Who weekend! We’re
running a host of talks,
activities and events each day,
suitable for adults and families.
These events are free, but don’t
include access to the exhibition.
Cardonald College Fashion event
Saturday 20 June and Sunday
21 June
Fashion shows at 1.00pm and
3.00pm on Saturday only
Cardonald College students
have been studying the
museum collections and
Harris tweed designs to create
inspiring textiles and fashions
along the theme of ‘heritage
eccentric’. On display are
development drawings,
samples and finished work,
as well as fashion shows.
Students will be on hand
to demonstrate sewing
techniques. The event is free,
no need to book. Find out
more at www.cardonald.ac.uk
Object Handling
Thursdays from 2.00pm–
Find out more about
Glasgow Museums’ amazing
collections. Come and feel
a fossil or handle a sword –
safely, of course! Ask at the
Enquiry Desks for location and
subject on the day. Free, no
need to book.
Families and Children
Reality v Imagination
Saturday 4 April–Sunday 19
Free, drop-in
Find out about real and
imaginary animals, discover
more about the stories in
paintings, create your own
stories, see insects up
close and then create your
own animal. Storytelling,
object handling and
demonstrations too!
Kelvingrove Museum Nature Club
Every second Saturday from
4 April, 11.30am–1.00pm
Join the team at Kelvingrove
to discover the amazing world
of nature. Come face to face
with some of the world’s
strangest species, handle
animal objects both great
and small, and learn more
about the wildlife around us.
Topics include ‘Courtship and
mating’, ‘Animals up close’,
‘Scottish wildlife’, ‘Animal
homes’, ‘Desert creatures’,
‘All about plants’ and ‘What
do you know about wildlife?’
Open to 8–12-year-olds,
please phone 0141 276
9569 for more information.
Kelvingrove Museum Nature
Club is a join venture between
the RSPB and Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum.
Gruffalo performance
Saturday 18 April, 12 noon–
With author Julia Donaldson.
Family weekend – Arty weekend
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
Give art a chance – come
along and take part in our
talks, demonstrations and
practical skills sessions.
May bank holiday weekend
Saturday 22 and Sunday 25
Why not drop into the
museum and try lots of
new things? There will be
storytelling, object handling,
demonstrations and much
more. Activities are free and
there’s no need to book.
Family weekend – Science
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31
Try out your building and
engineering skills with K’nex
kits as part of Glasgow
University Science Festival.
See www.glasgowsciencefestival.
org.uk/ for more information.
Family weekend – Animal weekend
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28
Learn about the lives of
animals and meet some live
and exciting ones too!
Family fun at Kelvingrove
Summer holidays: 29 June –
16 August
Is the summer weather getting
you down? Bored without
school? Why not drop into
Kelvingrove and try some
new things? There’ll be free
storytelling sessions, object
handling, demonstrations
and much more. Check out
www.zestweb.org for more
information. There’s no need
to book.
Toddler Time
Every Friday morning
Join us for songs, stories and
lots of fun. Free, no need to
Mitchell Library, North Street,
Glasgow G3 7DN
Phone 0141 287 2999
1 Bunhouse Road, Glasgow
G3 8DP
Phone 0141 287 2720
Fax 0141 287 2692
Text phone 0141 287 2664
Venue hire 0141 287 8912
4 April–20 September 2009
This exhibition of
contemporary art inspired by
the life, poetry and songs of
Robert Burns features work
by a distinguished group
of artists from the UK and
overseas including Tracey
Emin, Douglas Gordon, Peter
Howson and Ed Ruscha. A
fascinating way to convey
the influence and relevance
of Robert Burns’ work in the
present day. For more details,
please phone 0141 287 2999
or visit www.csglasgow.org/
Disruption to the Clyde Room at the
Museum of Transport
As part of the work for the
new Riverside Museum and
Glasgow Museums Resource
Centre 2, the Clyde Room
will be subject to ongoing
disruption over the coming
months. We expect this to last
until the spring, and apologize
for any inconvenience this
may cause you on your visit.
If you’d like to find out about
access to the Clyde Room
before you travel, please
phone us on 0141 287 2720.
Reel Lives
Help us make history! Take
part in Reel Lives at the
Museum of Transport – see
We’ve unearthed hundreds
of images, and searched out
unseen footage of Glasgow’s
transport. Now we need your
thoughts and memories.
Visit the exhibition, or check
out the website, to share
your stories. You can also
rediscover the Museum of
Transport collections by
following a Reel Lives trail.
A group of Clyde shipbuilders at
Alexander Stephen & Sons’ yard in the
1960s. Image courtesy of David Holland.
TM © Sheilagh Tennant (Artruist ltd)
Talks and Tours
Riverside Museum Appeal Talks
Wednesdays: 15 April and 13
The Regal Cinema, Kelvin Street
Every Saturday and Sunday
The Riverside Museum project
designer and curators give a
short talk on one of the major
displays of the new museum
– The Streets. Kelvin Street
is currently the favourite
attraction at the Museum
of Transport, so this talk will
appeal to both adults and
children. Talks are free, but
as there is a capacity limit of
50 people, entry is on a first
come, first served basis.
Show Scotland
Saturday 2 May
Fasten your seatbelt – we’re
putting our transport in motion!
Film can capture the
true essence of a scene,
transporting us into another
time. As part of Show Scotland,
the Museum of Transport is
using exciting and innovative
ways to present historic and
modern film footage. Through
workshops, live performances
and film the museum aims to
inject motion and movement
back into their collections,
creating a fascinating visual
display. Suitable for all ages.
The popular Regal Cinema
exhibit evokes the atmosphere
of a 1930s cinema. The
current programme includes
cinema screenings every
weekend – on Saturdays and
Sundays it’s classic children’s
animations and popular films
for younger audiences. All
films are U-rated. Screenings
last between 30 and 60
minutes; for more information,
phone 0141 287 2720.
Families and Children
Weekend Activities
Every weekend throughout the
We’ve launched a variety of
exciting new activities for
our weekend programme.
Come and meet our new
live interpretation characters
as they bring the history of
transport to life, and take
a closer look at our objects
and displays with our tours,
talks and handling sessions.
All activities are suitable for
families and adults. For more
information please phone
0141 287 2720 and ask for
the Learning & Access team.
Toy Cars
Free to hire from the Enquiry
Desk, toy cars will make your
visit even more enjoyable! Pop
your bags in the basket and
let the children get on board
for a leisurely stroll around the
trains and trams.
Zest – Spring programme
This spring the Museum of
Transport delves into the
drama of stories. Join us in
our storytelling workshop
where we’ll enter the world
of make-believe. Help us
create fun characters and
exciting adventures through
comic books and meet people
from the past to hear their
historic stories in our live
interpretation performances.
For full details visit www.
Necropolis Spring tours
Saturday 18 April, 2.00pm;
Saturday 9 May, 12.00 noon;
Sunday 7 June, 2.00pm;
Saturday 27 June, 1.00pm
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
G40 1AT
Phone 0141 276 0788
Fax 0141 276 0787
Text phone 0141 276 0795
Railing Art – Showcase your talent!
Throughout 2009
© and courtesy of Scott R Kerr
Have you ever wondered
about the history of the
Glasgow Necropolis? Do you
know about the famous people
– Glaswegian or otherwise
– buried there? Now is your
chance to go and explore,
as the Friends of Glasgow
Necropolis have announced
their free Spring and
Summer Tour Programme.
Prior booking is essential,
so please book early at www.
glasgownecropolis.org to avoid
disappointment. The meeting
point for each tour is provided
with every confirmed booking.
Railing art is a community
display area where local
community groups and
organizations can display their
own projects and work. The
People’s Palace is the perfect
venue to appeal to a wide
audience, and in the past our
Railing Art shows have been a
great success. So if you think
that you have art to display or
ideas to discuss, contact the
Learning & Access team on
0141 276 0780 and we’ll be
happy to look at your ideas.
Families and Children
Zest – My Glasgow
Tuesday 7 April and Thursday
16 April
10.00am and 2.00pm
What’s your favourite place
in Glasgow? Join us at the
People’s Palace and help us
create a map of your favourite
places in Glasgow. This activity
is suitable for 5–12-year-olds.
You can find further details
at www.glasgowmuseums.com or
contact Learning & Access on
0141 276 0780.
Zest – The Tree, the Fish, the Bird
and the Bell
Wednesday 8 April
10.00am and
coat of
arms is
up of
the tree,
the fish,
the bird and
the bell. What
would be in your
coat of arms? Come and find
out more about Glasgow’s coat
of arms and make your own!
Suitable for 5–12-year-olds.
Find out more by phoning
Learning & Access on 0141
276 0780.
The Patter
Thursday 9 April
10.00am and 2.00pm
Whit’s yer best Glesga patter?
Listen to some great Glasgow
words, use them to create a
Glasgow patter poem and take
part in the People’s Palace
Patter Quiz! Suitable for 5–12year-olds. Find out more at
Where’s Yer Wally?
Wednesday 15 April
10.00am and 2.00pm
Wally tiles can be found
in closes all over Glasgow
and here in the People’s
Palace. This activity offers
the opportunity to design and
paint your own wally tile. See
www.glasgowmuseums.com for
more information.
20 Years On: Events
20 Years On: Remembering the Anti
Poll Tax Demonstrations
Saturday 18 April
The People’s Palace and the
Village Storytelling Centre
present a day of events
focused on the Anti Poll Tax
Demonstrations that took
place during 1989. Find out
more at www.glasgowmuseums.
com or contact Learning &
Access on 0141 276 0780.
Love and Taxes – How Jack and
Sandra Beat the Poll Tax
Saturday 18 April
11.00am–11.45am and
In ‘Love and Taxes’ Adrian
Johnson and Jessi Eastfield
sing songs and share inspiring
short stories, remembering
when people across Britain
stood up and defied the poll
tax, made friends and made a
difference – together.
Get Up, Stand Up
Saturday 18 April
12 noon–1.00pm
Demonstrations at the Palace
Saturday 18 April
Do you have a subject that
you feel strongly about? Do
you think children should
have more say in society? This
is your opportunity to make
your voice heard by taking
part in a demonstration. Make
a banner or placard voicing
your opinion and take part in
a demonstration around the
People’s Palace.
Remembering How the Poll Tax was
Defeated in Glasgow
Saturday 18 April
Glasgow was at the forefront
of anti poll tax demonstrations
and action in Scotland. Come
and listen to the stories of
ordinary people as they
recount how and why they
chose to defeat the poll tax.
This opportunity to share
stories and memories is led by
the Village Storytelling Centre.
All welcome.
225 Scotland Street,
Glasgow G5 8BQ
Phone 0141 287 0500
Fax 0141 287 0515
Text phone 0141 287 0513
Venue hire 0141 287 8912
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
21 March–14 June 2009
The Wildlife Photographer of the
Year competition is the largest
and most prestigious wildlife
photography competition
in the world. Every year
entrants produce remarkable
images from breathtaking
spectacles of nature. This
exhibition showcases the
top 90 photographs from
the 15 categories in the
2008 competition. Wildlife
Photographer of the Year is
owned by the Natural History
Museum and BBC Wildlife
This tour, part of the event ‘20
Years On: Remembering the
Anti Poll Tax Demonstrations’,
explores the collections at
the People’s Palace with a
particular focus on Scotland’s
history of collective action.
Adults and children are
Polar sunrise by Miguel Lasa/Wildlife
Photographer of the Year 2008.
Talks and Tours
Mackintosh Tours
Fridays: 24 April, 29 May,
26 June
Scotland Street School was
designed by Charles Rennie
Mackintosh and built between
1903 and 1906. Learn
more about this impressive
building and Charles Rennie
Mackintosh by taking part in a
guided tour.
Stitches in Time: Tales from
Glasgow Museums’ European
Costume and Textiles collection
Mondays: 20 April, 18 May,
15 June
Monday 20 April: Rebecca
Quinton, Curator, European
Costume and Textiles –
Jacobean Splendour: An early
17-century embroidery bodice
and skirt
Monday 18 May: Rebecca
Quinton, Curator, European
Costume and Textiles –
The North Connection: James IV’s
falconry set and Francis North’s
Chancellor’s Burse
Monday 15 June: Rebecca
Quinton, Curator, European
Costume and Textiles –
Civil Wars Cast-offs: Charles II,
Oliver Cromwell and Major Buntine
Stories from Yesteryear at
Scotland Street School Museum
Saturday 9 May and
Saturday 13 June
Join us at Scotland Street
School for a tour of the
museum, which is brought
to life by the collected stories
and memories of pupils and
residents from the local area.
Free illustrated talks on
Glasgow Museums’ collection
of European Costume and
Textiles. The Willow Café and
Gift Shop in Scotland Street
School is delighted to offer
attendees at these talks a
10% discount on all
purchases on the day from
both the café and gift shop
range. No need to book, but
for further information phone
0141 287 0500 or visit
Tailored Tours
Free guided tours can
be organized for groups.
Children and young people
are more than welcome
to come along. To enquire
about tailored tours please
call 0141 287 0500 or email
[email protected]
Mackintosh’s Motifs
Saturday 2 May
A chance to explore the
motifs around the School and
in Mackintosh’s wider work.
The Story of Mackintosh at
Scotland Street School
Saturday 13 June
The tour focuses on
Mackintosh’s architectural
designs and his relationship
with the School Board.
Families and Children
Back to School with Miss Baxter
Sundays: 12 April and 24 May
A wonderful opportunity to
experience a typical school
day from 1939, this actressled session takes place in
our World War II classroom
and will re-enact lessons
from the period. The session
is enjoyable for both adults
and children over the age
of five. Children should be
accompanied by an adult.
Places will be allocated on
the day so it’s advisable to
arrive a little early. Please
call 0141 287 0500 or
check our website at www.
glasgowmuseums.com for
further details.
7–9 April and 14–16 April 11.00am–12.00pm and
Children can learn more
about Scotland Street School
by taking part in hands-on
activities. These workshops
are suitable for 5–12-yearolds and are free. For more
information please call 0141
287 0500.
st mungo
museum of
life and art
2 Castle Street, Glasgow
G4 0RH
Phone 0141 276 1625
Fax 0141 276 1626
Text phone 0141 276 1629
Venue hire 0141 287 8912
Famine – New works by
Peter Howson
29 May–28 September 2009
Talks and Tours
Lunchtime Talks
Thursdays 12.30pm–1.00pm
9 April: The final journey – the
crucifixion and resurrection of
Jesus Christ
7 May: Water of life – the use of
water in pilgrimage
4 June: Violence and pilgrimage –
contested holy sites and land
These 30-minute informal
talks offer you a chance
to find out more about
the themes and issues
surrounding pilgrimages,
and about the displays in St
Mungo Museum of Religious
Life and Art. All talks are free,
no need to book. Please meet
at the Enquiry Desk on the
first floor of the museum.
Faith to Faith
Sundays 2.00pm–4.00pm
Faith to Faith is a series of free
events exploring expressions
of faith and belief. These
events give you a chance to
listen, debate and discuss
issues relating to faith and
Peter Howson at work in his studio.
See the faces of famine
painted by celebrated
Glaswegian artist Peter
Howson. The exhibition is
hosted with the support of the
Archdiocese of Glasgow, and
all paintings on display will be
for sale. Proceeds will benefit
the restoration of Saint Mary’s
in Calton.
India – Where many paths meet
Sunday 10 May
Scotland as a Spiritual Homeland
Sunday 19 April
To celebrate Homecoming
Scotland 2009, Professor
Ted Cowan, University of
Glasgow, offers his thoughts
on Scotland’s attraction as a
spiritual destination.
The tree at Bodh Gaya where Buddha is
believed to have been enlightened.
© Steven Foster
Sikh pilgrim Ravinder Kaur
Nijjar and Buddhist pilgrim
Suryivamsa talk about their
journeys to sacred places
in India, where their faith is
renewed and strengthened.
The Inner Journey
Sunday 14 June
Bahai pilgrim Allan Forsyth
invites you on a spiritual
journey, using a tranquillity
zone – a reflective space for
music, meditation and silence.
Families and Children
Art Cart
Daily, April–June
St Mungo’s Art Cart is in the
Scottish Gallery on the third
floor, for self-led games and
craft activities every day of
the week.
Free facilitated sessions
are available at weekends
for families – please ask for
Learning Assistants Kirsty or
William at the Enquiry Desk
on Saturdays and Sundays.
All welcome! For more
information, please phone the
Learning & Access team on
0141 276 1625.
Sacred Objects Handling Sessions
Every weekend, April–June
Spring School Holidays,
6 April–17 April
Monday and Friday: 1.30pm–3.00pm
Words on the wind
Tuesday–Thursday: 11.00am–12 noon
Words on the wind
Instant messaging?
During the Spring break
St Mungo Museum has a
whole range of free, fun
activities for families around
the theme of messages
and messengers. Help us
make Tibetan prayer flags
to send positive messages
around the world, or join our
story telling, arts and crafts,
mini-meditation and comedy
communication activities. For
more information and to book,
call the Learning & Access
Team on 0141 276 1625.
Learning Assistants Kirsty
and William facilitate objecthandling sessions in the
gallery on Saturdays and
Sundays. These sessions are
free, and all are welcome. For
more information, phone the
Learning & Access team on
0141 276 1625.
25 Albert Drive, Glasgow
G41 2PE
Box office 0845 330 3501
Fax 0141 423 1194
James Yamada: Our Starry Night
The Hidden Gardens
Until 20 May 2009
Tue– Fri 12noon–5pm; Sat
and Sun 12noon– 6pm
Built from powder coated
aluminum and punctuated
with 1,900 coloured LED lights,
Our Starry Night is a 12-foottall sculpture that acts as an
interactive passageway to the
Hidden Gardens. When you
enter the piece, a metal detector
hidden inside is triggered,
activitating the LED lights. The
luminosity of the piece reflects
the quantity of metal detected,
and the patterns are only visible
when you are standing in the
passageway – so only onlookers
see the response.
In this work, Yamada calls our
attention to the expanding, yet
increasingly subtle, presence
of surveillance in our everyday
environments – pointing towards
philosophical and political
considerations such as the loss
of privacy in the name of greater
safety and the use of personal
information. This sculpture was
originally commissioned by the
Public Art Fund for Doris C.
Freedman Plaza, New York City.