Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
  • Telephone 0141 287 3050
  • Opening times Mon–Wed & Sat 10am–5pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm.
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  • Website www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/…
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Located on Royal Exchange Square, in William Cunninghame of Lainshaw's imposing 1778 townhouse, the Gallery of Modern Art's monumentalism is offset by the traffic cone that's usually perched on the head of the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington located out front. The Gallery hosts major exhibitions by 20th and 21st century artists, and is the most-visited modern art gallery in the country. Besides its major collection of modern art, the gallery has a lending library full of books on art and design.

In 2016, a restoration project was undertaken which included cleaning, restoring, and reinstating the clock tower and weather vane.

GoMA is conveniently located for both Queen Street and Central Stations, and Buchanan Street Underground is only a few minutes away. There are multiple bus stops on the near-adjacent Union Street.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 1996

Events at this venue

There are 18 events at this location

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Aaron Angell

Aaron Angell is one of Europe’s most exciting and promising young artists. GoMA’s gallery one space hosts an exhibition of objects curated by Angell from Glasgow Museums’ collections alongside recent acquisitions of the artist’s wide-ranging practice.

Fri 8 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 09:00

Building Tours

These general tours are taken by our lovely volunteer tour guides. Departing from the ground floor oval space, the 30-40 minute tour will talk about the history of the building and introduce you to our exhibitions. Ask staff for availability.

Sat 23 Sep

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 12:00 – 12:45
  • 13:00 – 13:45
  • 14:00 – 14:45

Sun 24 Sep

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 12:00 – 12:45
  • 13:00 – 13:45
  • 14:00 – 14:45

Sat 30 Sep

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 12:00 – 12:45
  • 13:00 – 13:45
  • 14:00 – 14:45
…and 43 more dates until 25 Feb 2018

Creative Sunday

A creative workshop for adults to explore simple techniques, unleash your creativity, and unwind! No art experience necessary!

Sun 5 Nov

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Sun 3 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Sun 4 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Creative Sunday

A creative workshop for adults to explore simple techniques, unleash your creativity, and unwind! No art experience necessary!

Sun 4 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 13:30 – 15:00

GoMA Hearts Art

A speed date like activity where you can join an informal conversation about selected artworks from our exhibitions. You don’t need to be an art lover to fall in love with contemporary art!

Sun 29 Oct

0141 287 3050

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 26 Nov

0141 287 3050

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 25 Feb 2018

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  • 14:00 – 15:00

Inner City

Using the work  Inner City by Michael McMillen as a centre point artists Alberta Whittle and Mitch Millar will explore our relationship with our urban environment and the often hidden communities that inhabit it.  Exhibition (Gallery 3)

Fri 16 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 09:00

Lunchtime Talk: Abolishing Slavery in Canada – The Scottish Connection

Dr Paula Dumas from the University of Glasgow discusses how Scottish immigrants, abolitionists and politicians made Upper Canada (now Ontario) the first territory in the British Empire to effectively abolish slavery. Booking is essential.

Fri 27 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Marlie Mul: This Exhibition is Cancelled

The artist was going to have her first solo exhibition in the gallery, but after consideration she has cancelled it, and instead the gallery is empty except for large posters proclaiming that the exhibition is cancelled.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 29 Oct

Saturday Art Club: Fabulous Ferns

To celebrate Aaron Angell’s new exhibition we will be making art using natural materials. For Ages 3-12 Years Old

Sat 9 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Material Madness!

Celebrate all the different media artists use by making your own messy playdoh. Ages 3-12 years old

Sat 11 Nov

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Ready for Xmas!

Design, print and paint unusual labels for all your Christmas presents.  For Ages 3-12 Years Old

Sat 16 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Seasonal Garlands

Fed up with the same Christmas decorations? Make your own colourful garlands inspired by Eduardo Paolozzi’s sculptures. For Ages 3-12 Years Old

Sat 2 Dec

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Spooky Handprints

Some faint handprints have been spotted in Gallery 4 – who do they belong to? Halloween is close so come and create some spooky art yourself! Ages 3-12 years old

Sat 28 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Taste!

It's all in the eyes of the beholder - work up an appetite by creating tasty paper plate dishes! Ages 3-12 years old

Sat 25 Nov

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Wooden Weave

Make a wooden weave inspired by nature art displayed in Gallery 2.  Ages 3-12 years old

Sat 4 Nov

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Saturday Art Club: Your Five Minutes of Fame

Check out Andy Warhol’s famous soup can in Gallery 2 and then have a go at printing yourself.  Ages 3-12 years old

Sat 18 Nov

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:30 – 12:30

SipDontTip: An exhibition about single use drinks containers

Exhibit exploring issues of litter and waste associated with single-use beverage containers.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Stephen Sutcliffe: Work from the Collection

The Glasgow-based artist has his first solo show at the gallery, with new works drawing from his extensive collection of broadcast material and printed ephemera.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

  • 10:00 – 20:00
…and 87 more dates until 21 Jan 2018

Reviews & features

Marlie Mul: This Exhibition Has Been Cancelled

8 Sep 20173 stars

Empty gallery becomes talking point, but not much else

After careful consideration Marlie Mul's exhibition at GoMA has been 'cancelled', turning visitors' attention to the historic context of the building itself while raising searching questions about the role of publicly funded arts organisations…

Max Brand and Joanne Robertson: Poppies

21 Dec 20163 stars

Great art, or is it pants?

The use of pants in art can't fail to get a reaction. Daubed with brown paint and draped over the top of Joanne Robertson's canvas, they leave one half-tempted to snigger, half-repulsed. A difficult abstract painting is a very different thing from a…

Art preview: Ripples on the Pond, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

1 May 2015

Print and moving images explore role of Glasgow Womens’ Library and the city's female artists

An exhibition of work from the Glasgow Museums collection, Ripples on the Pond takes as its starting point 11 works purchased by the collection from Glasgow Women’s Library’s ‘21 Revolutions’ project. ‘The project germinated from a desire to promote and…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow

3 Mar 2015

A quick guide to some of the city's best days out

Much more than just a shopping centre, Braehead could keep a family occupied for the whole day. Gambado soft play caters for the little ones, while for the more adventurous there’s The Drop climbing centre, Snow Factor ski and snowboard complex, and ice…

Visual art: In the frame

15 Sep 2008

The most significant works of art in Scotland

Glasgow and Edinburgh’s galleries and museums play host to some of the most famous art works in the world. David Pollock selects the ten you cannot afford to miss.

Gallery of Modern Art acquires 'Phantom'

4 Sep 2008

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art has bought Alison Watt's 'Phantom' work for £45,000. The work, a large abstract oil painting of moving fabric, will go on show at the gallery in November.

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