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.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making The Glasgow Style


The May Queen, Margaret Macdonald
 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
We were privileged to have Alison Brown, who curated the exhibition currently at Kelvingrove, as the speaker on 24th April. In a wide ranging talk, well illustrated by a selection of images from the exhibition, she covered not only the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and “The Four” but also put the work in context with the times in Glasgow and Europe. We look forward to the Friends  visit to the exhibition in June though I am sure that many will visit before then.



Ayrshire-land and sea


Dalgarven mill owner with the collection donated by Glasgow Museums


On an unbelievably beautiful day, some Friends travelled to Ayrshire. First stop was Dalgarven Mill, a Museum of Country Life and Costume. We were welcomed by owner Mr Fergusson who told us of the history of the mill and showed us the costumes, which had been donated. Of particular interest were Chinese vestments and also a donation of adult and baby clothes from Glasgow Museums.



Then we drove a short distance to the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine .In an enormous shed, were ships’ engines, boilers and even a full size lifeboat! In the yard out side is a Clyde Puffer. After lunch, we were taken inside a tenement house of the 1920s and then we walked along the pretty sea front to the MV Kyle , the oldest Clyde built vessel still afloat. We boarded her and saw the crew’s quarters.

The Maritime Museum
The success of the day was due to the friendliness and knowledge of all the guides and to the meticulous planning of Margaret Anderson.  Thanks to all.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Visit to Inner city exhibition at GOMA

Mitch Miller with depictogram

On Thursday ,16th May a group of Friends visited the Exhibition Inner City . We were well looked after by the curator and guides, with coffee and biscuits in the 5th Floor studio and then tours of the exhibition with full explanations of the various exhibits. We were happy to meet Mitch Miller, one of the Associate  Artists for  2018 supported by FoGM. Details of this exhibition are already on the blog.