Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Catalogue of Ship Models

Our October lecture was given by Emily Malcolm, Curator at Riverside Museum, on thecatalogue of ship models currently in preparation.The collection was established in the 1870s and has  ship models dating from the time of the Napoleonic wars to the present day. Many of us will have fond memories of displays of these models in Kelvingrove and in the Transport Museum  and they are now in the Riverside Museum and in Glasgow museums resource centre. Not only did we hear of the story of the models and of the original ships but also of the people who made them. They were skilled craftsmen.
There will be an opportunity to visit GMRC and see more models in February 2019.
                                          Ss Rangitane. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Mount Stuart

Our autumn excursion took us to Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, the grand Victorian mansion of the 3rd Marquess of Bute.
After a slightly inauspicious start - our normal pick up point had to be changed due to filming in the centre of Glasgow - thirty Friends enjoyed a trip to Wemyss Bay and a sail across the water to Rothesay.
On arrival at Mount Stuart we split into two, one group having lunch whilst the other had a guided tour of the house.
The Marble Hall, built of Sicilian marble and alabaster and soaring to a height of eighty feet, is a magnificent if somewhat overpowering sight.
Our guide led us through the history of the house which mirrors the 3rd Marquess’s interests in astronomy and astrology, evident in many of the rooms and decoration.
Perhaps we could have done with more time to study the fine family portraits by Ramsay, Raeburn and an atypical one by Thomas Lawrence. 
Throughout the tour we came face to face with the art installation “The Power of Twelve” by Christine Borland which reflects the use of the house as a naval hospital during the first world war and some of us braved the sudden rain shower to visit part of the installation in the swimming pool in the garden. 
Time for a cuppa in Rothesay before boarding the ferry and back to Glasgow. A long day but well worth it, thanks to the organisation by Marion Maudsley and our helpful driver, Sean.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Childrens Art Competition

Every Autumn, we are delighted that the annual prize giving for the Children’s Art Competition takes place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The competition is open to children of nursery, primary and secondary school ages. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals are awarded in each category.  This year the judges were Frank Quitely, renowned comic artist, and Gillian Kyle, designer of Scottish branded houseware. Both commended the high standard of work they  had to judge.  Gold medallist  Emil Enslein-Timmerman was presented with the Robert Logan award and Gold medallist Hannah Leyden with the senior T J Honeymen award.
FoGM is proud to donate the medals and to support the evening reception.
To see the award winning pictures visit http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/learning
Gold medal winner, Emil Enslein Timmermann

Gold medal winner, Hannah Leydon

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Brushes with War

The lecture in September was given by Dr Neil Ballantyne and was about the exhibition “Brushes with War” which is currently in Kelvingrove. The aim of the exhibition is to tell the story of the First World War through sketches and drawings made by ordinary soldiers. Most of these come from the collection of Joel Parkinson, director of the World War History and Art museum in Alliance , Ohio.
Rats’, by Gunner Mears (British Army) in 1916. 
Joel Parkinson, © WWHAM (World War History and Art Museum). 
His collection was started with a drawing showing his grandfather, a lieutenant in WW1. The exhibition moves from the initial optimism of 1914 to the stark reality of the trenches. It is well displayed and explained. After the talk, any who wished had the opportunity to go into the exhibition and were taken round by Dr Ballantyne.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Jupiter Artland

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

On the 17th September ,30 Friends travelled to Jupiter Artland, near Edinburgh. This is a sculpture park opened ten years ago in a wooded estate. As we wandered through the trees, we discovered contemporary sculptures by well known, and not so well known, artists. The sculptures vary from a giant shoe made from pots and pans, to a heart made from plastic pottery, to a shed built from dry stonewalls and even a giant spider’s web. A most striking cast iron sculpture is this giant rifle leaning on a tree, which our chairman is inspecting.
Thanks to Marion Maudsley for her careful arrangements on the day.