Right in the centre of Glasgow, just two hundred yards from Queen Street Station, the Gallery of Modern Art combines traditional elegance with one of the most exciting programmes of new work in Britain. The building itself is beautiful, huge and square and elegantly faced with pillars. Inside it’s surprisingly roomy, with several floors and mezzanines. There’s a gift shop near the entrance and a café and library downstairs. There you can also find meetings and events.
The central gallery on the ground floor houses large installation pieces and usually has something interesting on show, though these installations take time to set up and the gallery can sometimes be closed for weeks at a time. Upstairs things get more interesting, with resident artists putting together unusual themed shows and upcoming local creative talents getting more of a look in. You’ll find many different types of work, from painting to sculpture to video installations, often with the primary aim of simply making you think. Recent favourites have included 24 Hour Psycho and The Lamp of Sacrifice: a collection of cardboard models of places of worship. Currently on show: an exhibition of 20th century paintings from the Glasgow Museums’ collection.
Disabled access to the gallery is via lift, but be warned – this is old and it breaks down from time to time. There is a problem upstairs with insufficient seating for disabled and elderly visitors, but the ground floor and basement are fine for this.