|Art Galleries in Glasgow|
Visitors have the opportunity to absorb some of Europe's most exquisite collections and portfolios that cover the whole spectrum of the history of art. This includes an eclectic repertoire from ancient Egyptian and Roman Art at the Burrell Collection to cutting-edge digital and visual arts at the Lighthouse, Gallery of Modern Art and commercial galleries that cordially invite you to browse.
A mere 2 minute walk from the Charing Cross Guesthouse on Renfrew Street, The Glasgow School of Art ranks as one of the finest examples of artistic achievement in Glasgow as it proudly presents both creativity from its students and graduates and architectural innovation, courtesy of Glasgow's most accomplished and experimental architects of all-time, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Visitors are provided with comprehensive guided tours on certain days that give a close up to the intricate exterior and interior designs and an explanation of the history behind the motifs and features that adorn this magnificent edifice dating from 1898 - 1909.
To capture the essence of Glasgow's long established architecture and design scene, The Lighthouse Gallery is aptly housed in a Mackintosh's first commissioned projects and serves as an important forum for the city's existing and emerging artists. As Scotland's leading centre for contemporary architecture and design, The Lighthouse presents an eclectic programme of temporary exhibitions from glass and ceramics to digital arts and various architectural styles associated with a particular period, designer or geographical region. Why not venture up to the top floor (floor 6) where you will be welcomed to a superb 360 degrees panoramic view across Central Glasgow's changing cityscape.
Fine Art is equally well represented in Glasgow's public art galleries, commercial galleries and exhibition spaces, the most notable of which are the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum, Glasgow's premiere showcase of fine art and the St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art where you will be awe-struck with its vivid, decorative collection of stain glass and Salvador Dali's most acclaimed masterpieces 'Christ of St John of The Cross'.
Nestling amidst 361 acres of beautiful parkland in Glasgow's South Side, The Burrell Collection certainly merits a day to appreciate some of the most decorative artefacts and ancient treasures in Glasgow, gifted to the city and its people by local industrialist and world traveller, Sir William Burrell. His exuberant collection reaches over 9,000, a large proportion of which is dedicated to fine art from France, Holland, Italy, Spain and Germany. The French Medieval Tapestries are a must see!
As one of Europe's foremost cultural destinations, Glasgow offers a rich and eclectic programme of exhibitions and events dedicated to all artistic genres, the most significant of which is the weeklong Glasgow Arts Fair that has been running successfully since its inception in April 1995. No matter what your inclination is in the arts arena, you are guaranteed to find something that will draw you close in admiration at Glasgow's stunning collection of art galleries and museums.