Thursday, May 29

Glasgow Art Club

I have just returned home from a most memorable lunch with the lovely artist Connie Simmers. Connie invited me to join her at the Glasgow Art Club. It is a wonderful old club with a fascinating history.

William Dennistoun, a young amateur artist who had been forced by ill health to leave the city, founded the Glasgow Art Club in 1867. William, along with a small group of amateur artists, began holding preliminary meetings in a tearoom above a Candleriggs baker's shop before launching the club in the Waverley Temperance Hotel.

In 1893 the Glasgow Art Club moved to its current day location. A beautiful building that boasts Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ornamental details in the Artist’s Gallery. The Art Club is well known for exhibiting the work of many brilliant artists.

Many thanks for a wonderful afternoon Connie and enjoy your trip to Italy!


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful afternoon, lucky you!

columnist said...

Yes, been there too, when I was living in Edinburgh. Quite keen on the architecture of the building, and some of CRM's furniture, but unfortunately so much reproduced so much that it has somewhat taken the edge off his designs; the Hill House in Helensburgh is worth a visit if you're a devotee.