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Gallery Of Modern Art

Glasgow's international art standing has perhaps never been higher with the emergence of a number of top-quality new artists coming out of the city over the past two decades. The commitment of the city to living artists was made tangible in 1996 with the conversion of the former Stirling's Library, one of the most striking and beautiful buildings in the city centre, into the Gallery of Modern Art. Refurbished to house the city's contemporary art collection, the building is a combination of old and new architecture, incorporating several artist's commissions. GoMA is currently developing its new collection of work by Glasgow based contemporary artists and continues its programme of temporary exhibitions by local, national and international artists.

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection consists of artworks by local, national and international artists in a variety of media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography from 1980 -present day. GoMA, in the heart of the city, has three main galleries featuring the works of Scottish artists such as Peter Howson, Toby Paterson, John Byrne, Christine Borland, Ross Sinclair and Alison Watt alongside that of international artists such as Sebastiao Salgado, Andy Goldsworthy and Eduard Bersudsky.


Julie Roberts: The New Woman Artist
Wednesday 13 December 2006 - Sunday 25 February 2007

Painter Julie Roberts is interested in themes such as dream and reality, sleep and death, the historical and the temporal. These give her work a depth and richness that place her in a tradition stretching back to classical antiquity, although more immediate is an affinity with the work of Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, as well as with the surrealist movement.

Body Language – A selection of figurative works from the collection
Saturday 14 October 2006- Sunday 11 March 2007

A selection of figurative paintings, prints and sculptures from Glasgow Museum's modern and contemporary collection.

Positive Reflections Saturday 27 January 2007 - Sunday 18 March 2007

Artist Kathleen Little worked with a group of adults from Positive Mental Attitudes at a series of art, writing and photography workshops at GoMA. This exhibition shows the work that was produced during these workshops.

The eyes have it
Saturday 27 January 2007 - Sunday 18 March 2007

During her three month artist-in-residence at GoMA, Kathleen Little produced a new series of photographic portraits – of visitors to the gallery, staff and friends.

Previous Exhibitions

Barbara Kruger (2005)
Leading international artist Barbara Kruger exhibited at GoMA in her first exhibition in Scotland.

Sanctuary (2003)
The exhibition featured work from some of the world's leading contemporary artists, taking as its theme human rights issues facing refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.

Louise Bourgeois, Steve Cox, Leon Golub, Antony Gormley, Peter Howson, Kenny Hunter, Ross Sinclair, Nancy Spero and Bill Viola are some of the 35 artists who contributed work that examined the powerful issues of freedom, human rights and forced migration.

The exhibition was developed in partnership with Amnesty International and The Scottish Refugee Council.

The David Mach: Hell Bent (2002)

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Graham Fagen: A exhibition of new work
Thursday 15 March 2007 - Monday 28 May 2007

An exhibition of new work by Graham Fagen. Organised to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Blind Faith by Roderick Buchanan will focus on identity, neighbourhood and nation, bringing in the issue of sectarianism. The show opens on 4 April 2007.



Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

Seasonal closing
The Gallery of Modern Art will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1 and 2 January. On Hogmanay, 31 December, the museum will close to the public at 1pm. We are open at all other times of the year, and are open on public holidays except those mentioned above.

Getting there

The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the centre of Glasgow, just off Buchanan Street and close to Central Station.
By Subway
Five minutes\\\' walk from Buchanan Street and St Enoch Subway stations.

By Rail
Five minutes\\\' walk from Argyle Street and Queen Street rail stations and 10 minutes\\\' walk from Central rail station.


Free Guided Tours; Gallery Shop; Café; Male and Female Toilets; Wheelchair Access; Nearby Pay and Display Parking.

The Library at GoMA’ is an excellent resource for all visitors with a broad selection of books and other reading material, including a comprehensive art section for all ages. The facility also has an extensive range of Videos, CDs and DVDs. State of the art ICT and free Internet facilities via public access terminals are available, and story-telling events are a regular feature.

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Can I order images of objects on display?
Yes. You can find out more about ordering images by visiting our online Photo Library: The Kelvingrove shops also sell a range of items based on the collections, and you can find out more on our shop page:

Are there guided tours?
Yes. There are free daily guided tours. Groups can book a tour by telephoning the museums on 0141 287 2699.

Where can I find out about job vacancies in your museums and galleries?
Glasgow Museums is part of Glasgow City Council, and all vacancies are dealt with by the Council's Personnel Department. Vacancies are listed on the Council's website at: and museum vacancies are listed under Cultural and Leisure Services.

How do I find out about the volunteering opportunities with Glasgow Museums?
Visit our news sections to find out the latest volunteering news and current volunteering opportunities. A volunteering update is emailed to people interested in volunteering and lists all of our current opportunities. To join the list, or to find out more information about volunteering with Glasgow Museums, send your email address to Catherine Cartmell, our Volunteer & Placement Co-ordinator: or telephone 0141 276 9381.

Can I hire a Glasgow Museums' venue for a corporate hospitality or community event?
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Our Education Service provides programmes and resources for education providers from pre-school to higher education, including activity sheets linked to the collections, handling boxes and in-service training for teachers and other education professionals.

Housed in an elegant Neo-classical building in the heart of the city, GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London. It offers a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions. GoMA displays work by local, national and international artists, and addresses contemporary social issues through its major biennial projects. For more information on our wide education programme for under-5\\\'s, Primary School, Secondary School and special needs children visit,


Friends of Glasgow Museums 0141 276 9599


Alan Horn 0141 276 9599

Venue hire

0141 353 9108