Events at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


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There are some very fun events coming up at Kelvingrove, if you live close by.

First of all, this weekend on September 7th, there is a FREE art workshop  – Adult class drawing floral sketches.  From 1:30 to 4:00 pm and if you’d like more info, please see here.

If you are between the ages of 12 – 17 or know of someone who is, there are a number of workshops happening from October 14-16th. Drawing and Painting, Sculpture or Mixed Media.  The link can be found here.


Fabulous Forties at Kelvingrove

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For those who enjoy history or who are interested in the 1940’s, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is providing a one-day workshop on February 9th.  Kelvingrove Gallery can be found on Argyle Street in Glasgow.

Here’s the information taken from the “What’s On in Glasgow Life” website:


  • 9th February 2013
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Admission is Free – Drop-in – no ticket required

“Seventy years ago, in January 1943 at the height of World War Two, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s Centre Hall became a showroom for the Government’s new Utility furniture range.  The display, laid out in basic room sets, was the first opportunity for the Scottish public to inspect and try out the only furniture now available to buy under rationing.

To celebrate this anniversary, our Fabulous Forties event celebrates the styles, designs, music and resourcefulness of the 1940s and 50s.

Music for the afternoon will be provided by That Swing Sensation who will ensure their Big Band sound will get your toes tapping and hips swinging. Teaming up with them will be the Fly Right Dance Company who will show you that despite the post-war austerity, the late 1940s were still the hey-day of dancing and glam. They will teach you the moves in their simple and fun micro dance classes, and also give you the low down on creating those authentic vintage hair-styles and make-up looks.

Cassandra Belanger of The Stitchery, who runs creative textile courses in Glasgow’s west end, will be delivering make-do and mend taster classes and demos throughout the afternoon:

12.30pm: Mending and Darning class– learn how to mend tears and darn knits.
1.30pm: Everyday hems – demonstration
2.30pm: Buttons class – learn how to sew on buttons and use them to up-cycle garments
3.15pm: Up-cycling a blouse – demonstration

Places for the 12.30pm and 2.30pm classes are limited and therefore please be book in advance.
Call 0141 276 9508 to book your place.

For those who enjoy home crafts, visit our pop-up pit stop. See how to turn drab to fab, from pumps to photo frames, taking inspiration from our ideas shelf. Remember to bring your flatties and we’ll show you how to pimp your pumps!

Be inspired by Tracey Ecker of Funked Up Junk whose aim is to re-love unwanted pieces of furniture and give them a modern make-over. She’ll have a small display of her funky works in our Art Discovery Centre.

Finally, visit our recently opened museum display of Utility furniture designed and made by some of the foremost names in British furniture at the time. Using less wood and ‘new’ materials such as aluminium, plastics and laminates, these pieces show stunning new post-war looks could be created within utility restrictions. Join our European Decorative Arts Curator in the gallery for an informal chat – or if you’re old enough, a reminiscence!

Centre Hall decorations for the day, which includes bunting, rosettes and mini spitfires have been created by Craft Café groups in Castlemilk and Govan.”

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Gallery is in the West end of Glasgow (Argyle Street) and has free admission. It has 22 themed galleries with 8000 exhibits. More info can be found here.

Looking for some fun activities to start the new year?

The Victorians Rediscovered kicks off with a series of bespoke high quality courses for adults. These are all limited capacity, and places must be booked in advance. Early booking is recommended.

Places should be booked and paid for in advance by phoning 0141 276 9542/9543.

Creative Courses: listings
Click on the titles below to link to further information.

Sunday 15 January – Portrait Miniatures
11.00am–4.00pm, £49

Saturdays 21 January, 28 January, 4 February, 11 February
Ribbon Corsetry Course (4- session block over 4 weeks)
10.00am–4.00pm each session, £85 for full course

Sunday 29 January – Life Drawing in the Victorian Style
11.00am–4.00pm, £40

Sunday 5 February – Collars, Cuffs, Cravats and Capes
10.30am–4.00pm, £45

Sunday 5 February – Steampunk Bookbinding
11.00am–4.00pm, £65

Sunday 19 February – Millinery Course (with acclaimed designer William Chambers)
10.30am–4.00pm, £65

Sunday 25 February – The Victorians Rediscovered Taster Sessions
12 noon–2.00pm or 2.00pm– 4.00pm, £20

Saturday 26 February – Embroidery with the Royal School of Needlework
10.30am–4.00pm, £65

Glasgow Boys Art 1880-1900

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The Glasgow Boys  (1880-1900) exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery in Glasgow is on now until September and features around 100 oil paintings and 50 works on paper from this influential group of artists.  The exhibit has been brought together from both public and private collections from what is considered their finest and most innovative time period.

Information on the collection can be found at

In the 1880’s, a group of young, mainly Scottish, artists rebelled against Victorian art and began drawing and painting in a more realistic and naturalistic fashion.  They were influenced by the social realism of the Barbizon School of French painters, contemporaries in the Dutch Hague and in particular, from Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884), the great French painter.  They were impacted by French Realism and chose to paint real life scenes.

The Boys exhibited in London and Europe throughout the 1880’s and 1890’s and by the late 19th century, they came to represent the mainstream of Scottish art.  They painted cities such as Glasgow and also rural life and character in Kirkcudbright, Cockburnspath and other parts of Scotland.  Its leading figures were James Guthrie, George Henry, E.A. Hornel, John Lavery and E.A. Walton.

In the late 1880’s, the group moved towards a more decorative approach, influenced by Whistler and contemporary French art and also later, by their travels overseas, to places such as Japan.  The Boys admired Whistlers’ views on art and his battles with the establishment and like him, they fought to gain recognition in their own country. 

Glasgow art dealers had developed strong ties with Japan and regularly held exhibitions of Japanese art.  In 1893, the dealer Alex Reid helped financially support two of the Boys to travel to Japan (George Henry and E.A. Hornel).  Henry’s decorative Japanese watercolors became well-known for their elegance.

I found a blogsite where the authors actually went to visit the exhibition and I found it insightful to hear from someone who saw the paintings.  You can read about it at