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Silent Sunday – 9 November

Lost your head? Find it at the Kelvingrove Museum.

Heads at Kelvingrove in Glasgow

As I See It

I love Glasgow. The architecture, the hustle and bustle of Buchannan Street, the parks from Victoria to Kelvingrove. But I can’t imagine how my great love of this city would have developed without being able to see it. Until now.

As I see it walking tour in GlasgowTerra Incognita, run by Artistic Director and theatre practitioner Victoria Beesley, has been working with a group of volunteers with sight loss and visual impairment to create a unique walking tour of Kelvingrove Park.

Glasgow from a different view

Through a series of weekly workshops, these amazing tour guides have explored their relationships with Glasgow – the smell, taste, feel and sound of the city; highlighting a side of the city that most of us may miss. And now you can experience this unique perspective through their walking tours.

The tour guides have a range of experience from Frank, a professional musician; Kathy, an experienced midwife, Emmanuel originally from Nigeria and Joseph who has lived in the Gorbals all his life.

This Saturday join them in Kelvingrove Park to experience the walking tour for yourself. Tickets are free but you need to book. And if you can’t make the tours in-person, an audio tour of the walk will be available listen in the Arches Foyer from Monday 10 November.

These amazing insightful guided walk and audio tours are brimming with history, personal stories and let you experience Glasgow in a totally different way.

Check it out if you can!

– B

 

 

Silent Sunday – 21 April

Lost your head?  Find it at the Kelvingrove…

heads at Kelvingrove

@KelvingroveArt

Silent Sunday – 10 June

Remembering blue sky bliss in Glasgow….

Glasgow skyline

Soak up the sunshine (while it last)

Hooray!  Spring has arrived in Glasgow.  And whether it’s here to stay or just passing through, getting outside is a must.  And that’s exactly what we do.

A microcosm of Glasgow – people watching gold

Kelvingrove Park in Bloom, GlasgowWith food, drink and obligatory football we head off to Kelvingrove Park – just one of Glasgow’s beautiful open spaces, with the magnificent Art Gallery and Museum as our backdrop.  Cherry blossom perfection – everything is in bloom.

Ideal for picnicking or kicking about your ball of choice about – Kelvingrove Park is a microcosm of Glasgow so great for people-watching.  Toddlers test out new walking feet, excited kids waver on bikes finally free from stabilisers and young lovers wander next to slow-stepping seniors.

Ice-cream and free entertainment

On a day like this, ice-cream is a must.  And at Kelvingrove’s skate park we’re treated to the moves and manoeuvres of the boarders and BMX stunt bikers, young and old alike.   Besides a lot of swerving around, there’s actually a few impressive stunts.

We leisurely explore and end up at the Stewart Memorial Fountain, built in 1872 to commemorate Lord Provost Stewart of Murdostoun – apparently why we haven’t all died of cholera.   We throw coins into the fountain, making secret wishes before reluctantly heading back to the car.

Still more to discover

Hanging out in Kelvingrove is the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled afternoon.  And even though we’ve seen a lot there’s still more to discover.  Cypress Duck Pond and a Heritage Trail are definitely on the ‘to see’ list next time round.

Sunshine is fleeting so get out in it and rejuvenate your soul in one of Glasgow’s beautiful green spaces.

-B

…a thousand words

Exploring Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park Glasgow

Resolve to discover the new, not abandon the old

It’s dark, it’s cold and the last of your festive cheer has possibly disappeared with your hangover.

2012 quickly approaches and the time has come to make resolutions to be abandoned with gusto.  But this New Years instead of giving up supposed bad habits, why don’t you choose a new year’s resolution of discovery.

Glasgow is overflowing with culture and entertainment – and even better, much of it is free. So even if Christmas has left you waiting for your next pay, there’s no excuse not to see what’s on in Glasgow in 2012.

Trongate 103

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre at Trongate 103A lively arts hub in the city centre, Trongate 103 holds free events on the first Thursday of every month.  Ranging from film screenings to exhibitions, drama to music from professionals to community members, there’s something for everyone.

Earlier this month I went to the amazing Project Ability exhibition where I was lucky enough to meet the artist and saw a performance of GIRL taking place in a photographic gallery.  It’s a wonderful adventure, you don’t know what the event is going to be like until you are in it, so take a risk and discover something sensational.

GoMA

If you fancy something more highbrow, then the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) hosts a Creative Exchange on the last Thursday of the month. Of course you can be daring an do both.

Explore Glasgow’s museums for free!

Alternatively Glasgow offers loads of free museums, great for adults and kids.  There’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, architectural magnificence with storytelling for children on a Saturday morning.

And don’t underestimate the attraction of modern art for kids, at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) my boys could stare at things for far longer than me.  The apparent lack of rules of interpretation work and fascinate.

Check out the newly opened Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel featuring the fantastic Flying Scotsman with his specially designed bikes – may look a little bizarre but world records can’t be wrong.

The Southside’s impressive Burrell Collection is set in beautiful grounds with a great play park. And inside there’s hours of exploring to discover with over 1200  collections, 3000 images and a wonderful café to rest tired feet and refuel in.

Discover the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green boasting Billy Connolly’s banana shoes and the best park nearby with enclosed tubular slides.

So bundle yourself up and make grabbing a bit of free culture your New Year’s resolution.  You’ll be glad you did.

– B

AC/DC Factor

My sons have recently started to become interested in music.  And from the time they could talk, X Factor has been a viable path to fame.  But it’s time to counteract this fabricated notion of music.  And so we set off for the AC/DC  exhibition at the Kelvingrove.

It seems appropriate that Brian, Malcolm, Angus and the boys are taking up residence in the dark basement – their posters, programmes, album covers and personal letters cover the walls.  And yet this vault of memorabilia isn’t dark at all.  It’s buzzing with activity – their essence so strong you can almost smell them.  My boys are instantly transfixed by interviews and music glaring back from various TV screens, headphones clamped firmly to their ears. 

AC/DC Banner at KelvingroveAround us long-haired fans with leather jackets enjoy moments of their own.  A tribute wall covered in red messages: “ACDC shared my 40th birthday before I got MS, best day of my life”, “Highway to Glasgow” and “ACDC rock” to name but a few.  More than three decades onward, these rockers still evoke such passion from their fans.  The difference between legends and fleeting celebrity I suppose.

Music rocking and screaming its way into existence

Mouths ajar my boys watch the screen as AC/DC belts out Highway to Hell  from a 10 foot high wall to thousands.  The sound blasts out – and there’s nothing contrived here.  There is only raw energy, long hair, rangy bodies and passion stomping across the stage.  This music comes from people, not produced, styled and groomed but rocking and screaming its way into existence.

We leave the exhibition returning to the reality of the outdoors, eyes blinking in the light.  The boys loved it –  and so did I.  I remember when music meant something to me, and how I lived life through the songs I listened to.  I hope my boys will do the same.  

Admittedly they aren’t rock fans (yet) but the point is you don’t have to be to appreciate this amazing tribute to a group that have been raising hell and wowing the world for over three decades. 

Not to be missed!

And although AC/DC don’t have plans to stop anytime soon – the exhibit eventually will and is around till 12 February 2012.  It’s well worth the 2 quid ticket – so make sure you welcome your comrades home – AC/DC were of course formed by the Young brothers, Glasgow-born Australians.

– B

Glasgow – people make the place

The Why

I arrived in Glasgow two-and-a-half years ago with my two young sons.   I moved at the request of my husband, a West of Scotland man yearning to go home.  I’m originally from England, to say I came kicking and screaming would not be far off the mark. 

I knew if we were going to live in Scotland it would be in Glasgow; you can’t take a West of Scotland man and stick him in Edinburgh. What would be the point?   But people in England didn’t quite get it – on hearing I was moving to Scotland they’d reassure me that they had friends who’d moved to Edinburgh and never looked back. 

Magical floating heads of Kelvingrove Museum

When I told them I was moving to Glasgow there was a silence – a look of fear would flash across their faces and then the fixed smile would appear.  Of course none of these people had actually been to Glasgow.

Rescued in the rain

My first visit to Glasgow involved my husband dropping me and the boys off at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum while he went for his job interview.  We arrived to find it was shut due to industrial action.  We were stuck in the pouring rain, god knows where and my husband wasn’t answering his phone.

I asked an old man at the bus stop where the nearest cinema was, he suggested Cineworld on Renfrew Street and directed us towards the bus he was getting on.  As I went to pay I realised I had no change.  From his small purse the old man promptly paid for us to go into town; he refused to take any money from me.  We got off the bus and he walked us to the cinema that was when I discovered one of the most wonderful things about Glasgow… the people.

Get ready for your first tip!

Check us out on Friday to get your falafel fix on!

– B