Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AZ
Tel: 0141 229 1996
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art, or GoMA, is the second most visited contemporary art gallery in the UK outside of London. It shows a programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops, and displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.
GoMA is housed in an elegant, neo-classical building right in the centre of Glasgow. The building is an appealing combination of old and new architecture, incorporating a number of artists’ commissions. Cutting-edge international works on display include paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, video and installations. GoMA also supports Scottish artists, with recent acquisitions by Toby Paterson, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce and Ross Sinclair. Work by Turner Prize winners Grayson Perry, Simon Starling and Douglas Gordon also feature in the collection.
The gallery has attracted several million visitors over seven years, and it continues to evolve, developing existing and attracting new audiences. The rooftop café has changed into a dedicated Education and Access studio, facilitating workshops and artists talks for all ages.
The basement hosts the GoMA Library which comes complete with a café, free Internet access terminals, multimedia, art and general book-lending facilities.
Don’t forget to have a look at the popular statue of the Duke of Wellington which is just outside the gallery on Queen St. The Duke is very likely to have a traffic cone on his head, a small example of good old Glaswegian humour. Originally it was weekend revellers who placed the cone there and every time they did so it would be removed. But the authorities seem to have gotten sick of taking it back down, so now it is a permanent exhibit. In fact it has become such a landmark that the statue and its cone have featured in quite a few tourist guidebooks!
For more information visit the official website.