Friday, 31 August 2018

Razzle Dazzle


On Friday, 31st August, some Friends attended Riverside Museum for breakfast, bacon or egg rolls and tea and coffee. We were then addressed by Curator Neil Johnson-Symington on the subject of Dazzle painting. This was a wide  ranging talk about camouflage. Not only did we hear about dazzle painting on ships to foil the German submarines but also about the use of pattern and colour by animals, birds and butterflies to distract their predators.
Members will remember that we aided the purchase of the diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone. In these he recorded seeing the dazzle ships at anchor in the Clyde and we saw some of his sketches.
The display at Riverside is well worth a visit and we received a warm welcome from all staff.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Provand’s Lordship and Provan Hall



A select group of Friends enjoyed a day exploring the history and
buildings of Provand's Lordship and Provan Hall. We had lunch at
St.Mungo's Museum of Religion and then went by bus to Easterhouse. The
two venues were linked in the Middle Ages for the Canon of
Provan/Barlanark, whose urban residence was Provand's Lordshop and
whose income came from the rural estate of Provan.

Margaret Anderson


Friday, 15 June 2018

Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style


On Friday 15th June, Friends visited the exhibition, MackIntosh and the Glasgow Style, in  Kelvingrove. This was a popular event since we have early entry to the exhibition and tea and a bacon roll. We were gratified that 112 people attended.
 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
The exhibition covers not only works from MackIntosh and  “The Four” but also from embroiderers such as Anna MacBeth, artists such as Jessie M King and also from  stained-glass and furniture manufacturers.
Thanks are due to Brian and staff in the restaurant, to Catherine and staff in the shops and to Museum Staff for opening early!
It Is particularly sad that the day after such a delightful visit we had the tragic news of the fire at the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art.
Part Seen ,Imagined part by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Saturday, 2 June 2018

What we did in 2017-2018


Once again the Friends have had a busy year, approving quite a number of Grants towards the acquisitions of works of art and supporting other projects carried out by Glasgow Museums.

The Children’s Art Exhibition took place last October and once more the Friends were pleased to support this very worthwhile project. The total Grant was £2,080.00 which covered the cost of the cash prizes, engravings and the cost of the evening’s prize giving.

The Executive Committee was asked to award a Grant towards the purchase of the Jessie M King Book covers and illustrations. It was agreed that a Grant of up to £30,000 would be approved. £15,000 in this financial year, 2017/18 and the balance of £15,000 to be paid in the following year.

The Committee was pleased to approve a Grant of £4,000 towards the renovation of The Wardian Case which is now on display at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. Also on display in GoMA is an Exhibition called “Inner City” and a Grant of £9,000 was awarded in support of this installation.

A catalogue of the Ship Models in Glasgow Museums’ Collection is being published and the Executive agreed to grant up to £10,000 to match the cost involved.

It was agreed by the Committee to support the purchase of a frame for the Degas painting and £11,000 was awarded for this acquisition.

Altogether another successful year for the Friends in helping Glasgow Museums to purchase worthwhile works of art and installations.



Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Van Gogh

Alexander Reid by Van Gogh

 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection


The lecture in May was given by Dr Colin Bailey on the subject of Van Gogh. He traced Vincent’s life as he moved from the Low Countries to the United Kingdom and to the south of France at Arles. It was good to see so many of his paintings and to follow the development of his art. We appreciate Dr Bailey’s visits and look forward to his next talk.