Get Inspired By Art Exhibitions & Events in Glasgow This Summer

by Cass Art

The summer is here, the sun is shining (mostly) and Scotland's students are all working on their Summer Projects (or at least they should be!)

If you live close to Glasgow and are looking for inspiration, or if you're stuck for ideas or not where to start, don't worry, because there's tons of inspiration right on Glasgow's doorstep. From street art events to artist sculptures and installations, there's something for everyone. All you need to do is get out and about to see some art, culture and browse an art shop that will fuel your creativity, and your Summer Project will be kickstarted in no time.

Here's a list of things to get you going...


Just have a wander through the streets of the city and see what wonderful things you can see. Street art is big in Glasgow, and there are several colourful murals to be spotted on your travels. Try wandering near Ingram Street Park, Kelvinbridge Station and Tennents Brewery to name a few and check out the artwork on the walls.

Thomas Teurlai


The Pipe Factory, 9-12 July

Glasgow Sculpture Studios is hosting Snug as a thug in a rug, an exhibition of new work by Thomas Teurlai. He has produced this work during his three month artist exchange at Glasgow Sculpture Studios and the result will be unveiled off-site at The Pipe Factory on 42 Bain Street. If you're interested in installation art or sculpture, archeology or found materials, then Teurlai's contemporary aesthetic is something you shouldn't miss.

Image Credit: Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Riel Noir iphone photography


Sky Park, 1-23 July

Photographer, artist and Glasgow School of Art Graduate Riel Noir has a unique photography exhibition on this summer. It features 24 framed fine art giclée prints, all taken or edited on an Iphone and printed onto textiles. 

Riel Noir herself says, "My exhibition is a response to the advances in technology that iPhone and smartphone cameras have undergone. There's a range of camera apps and picture editing software available to everyone. Smartphone photography is so exciting, because it is the new frontier in photography with affordable apps that allow everyone to explore their creative side."

Riverside Museum Beach


Riverside Museum, 26 June - 1st September

Who'd have thought you could go to the beach when in Glasgow? The Riverside Museum has installed a Summer Beach just outside the building, so you'll find children, families and friends frolicking in the sand this summer. Go and feel the sand beneath your toes, build a sandcastle and laze about in the sun - you might be surprised by the inspiration that hits if you enjoy a little summer joy!

Admission is free and the beach is open during the Riverside Museum opening hours.

Ballet of the palette goma


GOMA, Now until 24 January 2016

 If painting is your thing then the Ballet of the Palette exhibition is an absolute must-see. Artists from last year’s Picture Show have put together an exhibition of paintings selected from the Glasgow collections, and the paintings are varied and ultimately accessible. Whether you're a university student studying at art school, or you want to inspire your little ones about paint, this is a super exhibition with a range of work that lets you discover what it is you look for in a painting.

Glasgow art shop


Ok so maybe we're a little biased, but we genuinely believe we can inspire any Glaswegians working on their summer project! Drop by our shop on Queen Street to ask any of our staff artists about art materials or techniques; we'd be happy to help. We also run various creative workshops in our Art Space over the summer, so make sure you keep checking our workshop page for updates. We've also got a brand new exhibition open, Inspired by Mackintosh, running throughout July, so if you're inspired by archiecture, drawing or Glasgow's creative history it's a show for you.

Feeling inspired?

Stop by the Cass Art Glasgow shop to ask any questions you might have about your Summer Project and see how we can help inspire you.

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