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The Gallery Of Modern Art

by Hollie.xo (follow)
A hands-on look at modern art for all ages.

Standing in the centre of Glasgow's busy city centre, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is hard to overlook.

Established in 1996, this FREE attraction has fast become one of Glasgow's best-loved art centres, attracting visitors from all over to view its many exhibitions and to take a photo with the famous Duke of Wellington statue with a traffic cone on his head just outside.

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For many years this traffic cone was removed by the police, but was continually replaced and now has been left as a humorous display of the city's light-hearted attitude to authority. The cone was even painted gold during the 2012 Olympics.

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The museum consists of an education studio on the top floor, two gallery's below and a cafe/ library on the ground floor. It holds an array of contemporary set exhibitions, including the work of David Hockney, Sebastião Salgado, and Andy Warhol, as well as Scottish artists such as John Bellany and Ken Currie.

The Gallery Of Modern Art

On arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff who offered to take my pram so I didn't have to struggle around with it, although the lifts do make using a pram straightforward. If you're visiting with a wee one, there are also baby changing facilities on hand.

My son really enjoyed running around the wide open spaces of each gallery and I enjoyed viewing the gallery's interesting pieces and exhibitions. You don't have to be well versed in the art to be touched by the pieces on display, as the gallery holds such an array of work that there's sure to be something for all tastes.

We particularly enjoyed the section on contemporary issues that showed photos of some of Glasgow's housing developments and the changing city in pictures. There was even a free drop-in art class at the top studio, where older children could experiment with textile design and drawing. My son was a little young for this activity, but was given books to look at and blocks to play with, which he really loved!

The Gallery Of Modern Art

The gallery is open 10am - 5pm most days (see website for exact times) and I would certainly recommend the gallery to art lovers and novices alike; there is sure to be something for everyone, even if it is just sitting and enjoying the books over a hot coffee.

Where: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH

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