Glasgow: Scotland's Cultural Powerhouse
In 2019 Glasgow was named the UK's top city for culture and creativity in a report form the European Commission. As befits the city's 'People Make Glasgow' slogan, the report also ranked Glasgow as Europe's leader for 'openness, tolerance and trust'.
Glasgow was named European City of Culture in 1990, propelling the city into the global spotlight.
Today, Glasgow continues to blaze an internationally acclaimed trail in contemporary art, design and music while safeguarding its rich architectural heritage, world-class civic art collection and its position as home base to all (but one) of Scotland’s national performing arts companies.
More people visit Glasgow’s museums than any other UK city outside London.
It is justifiably renowned for its remarkable offering, which includes the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; the Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (voted 2013 European Museum of the Year), The Hunterian, the Gallery of Modern Art and the extraordinary Burrell Collection (reopening in 2021 after extensive refurbishment), which brings together one of the greatest art collections ever created by one person - Sir William Burrell.
All of which, can be used as a venue for your conference or social programme.
The Glasgow School of Art has been at the epicentre of the city’s creativity since 1845 and continues to serve as a world-class centre of excellence for the visual creative disciplines.
Artistic talent abounds in Glasgow and no fewer than seven Turner Prize winners have hailed from, trained in, or worked out of the city in recent years.
With such an art pedigree it was no surprise that Glasgow’s Tramway was selected to host the prestigious 2015 Turner Prize while venues and studios such as The Briggait, Trongate 103, The Whisky Bond, South Block, SWG3, WASPS, the Glue Factory and the CCA further reinforce the city’s position as a centre for cutting-edge art and creativity.
Glasgow International is a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art, which showcases the best of local and international art for wide-ranging audiences.
The next Glasgow International, which takes place in April 2020, will once again position the city as a unique major centre for the production and display of contemporary visual art. The 2020 programme will include exhibitions, events, talks, performances and projects by international and Glasgow-based artists.