Galleries which combine art and architecture

I thought I would write about a few of my favourite Glasgow arts spaces which combine interesting exhibitions with architecture to delight and intrigue.  I like it when I can go and visit a space which inspires me to enjoy the work and discover new art, but then also gives a little nosey into a nice building as a bonus!  For ease of identification I will include the Google Maps so that you could go and discover them yourselves.

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)– Royal Exchange Square/ Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3AH

This building houses a wonderful and varied exhibition of modern art from around the world, including a large collection of works by Scottish based artists.  The current changing exhibits include Niki de Saint Phalle and (outside) Bill Fontana’s Finnieston Crane “Silent Echoes” soundscape and video work.  Interestingly part of the mosaic which adorns the pediment above the main entrance to the building includes an “M” in the style of Saint Phalle!  Inside the ground floor Earth Gallery one can see “Everyday”, which celebrates Glasgow sculpture and includes work by a collective of artists.  Look up at the ceiling and one can see the glory of the ceiling of the original Royal Exchange building designed by David Hamilton in 1827.  In the mezzanine, look out for the wonderful wooden sculpture which includes a seat to look back onto the Earth gallery, a sitooterie in the interior of a building.

The David Dale Gallery, 161 Broad Street, Glasgow, G41 2QR

Here one can find a contemporary gallery in a former industrial building (once used by a college and named after David Dale the industrial entrepreneur who helped established what is now the world heritage site of New Lanark, in the Clyde Valley).  Many of the works within the gallery specifically respond to the space within, using features such as the cast iron beams and structural features to their advantage.  There is a changing programme of exhibitions, including sculptural pieces and visual art, a creative gem in the East End of Glasgow.

Recoat gallery, North Woodside Road, Glasgow, G20 6ND

Recoat is a great place for graphic design and street art, and is located in the ground floor of a residential tenement building.  It also sells limited edition works. Look out for the lane next to the gallery which contains ever changing walls too.

The Mitchell Library (Main Hall), North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

The Mitchell Library is a Glasgow landmark, you may well have seen it lit up at night when zooming past on the nearby M8? It is a beautiful and elegant building which opened in 1877.  The Main Hall has changing exhibitions (which are quite wide ranging, from visual art to local history and Scottish culture).  A recent highlight for me was the George Wyllie  “In Pursuit of the Question Mark” exhibition which had sculpture, illustration and video work and was a thorough catalogue of all his great works.  The main library is also well worth a look, as well as a huge selection of reference and lending books on the upper floors there are also architectural drawings and image archives from the West of Scotland and an extensive Scottish family history area.

I feel this is a “part one” blog post.. there are so many I could mention so I will continue this theme at a later date and expand it beyond Glasgow (sneak peek… Gladstone’s Gallery, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, has a hugely elaborate 17th century painted ceiling.. oh, and an exhibition by me from Tuesday 2nd July to Sunday 7th July 2013 entitled “Are You Here”; a genealogical journey exploring family history, identity and place through illustration and digital media). Do come along!

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