The 10 best art and culture events in Glasgow this summer

Scotland’s largest city is a cultural hub renowned worldwide, and it’s no wonder that over the years Glasgow has scooped the award for European Capital of Culture and City of Architecture and Design. If you or your guests are looking for some art and culture this summer, here are SpotHost’s top ten recommendations:

1. On the streets

You don’t need to go to a gallery in Glasgow to see art. There are plenty of areas of the city where you can find street art and graffiti: follow the city centre mural trail, visit the Barras, or the YardWorks (the site of a recent urban art festival) – or jump on a bus and head to Maryhill Road… Glasgow street art: check out this interactive guide and map to see where to find it

2. From Gotham to Glasgow

Frank Quitely is the alter ego of Glasgow born artist Vincent Deighan and is synonymous with iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and the X-Men. This exhibition is perfect for comic art enthusiasts of all ages with digital interactives showing the process of drawing a comic page and the chance to create your own superhero costume.

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics: 1st April-1st October, Kelvingrove

3. Build it and they will come

The Architecture Fringe was set up by architects, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians who came together to create a series of events and projects exploring architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives. Funded by Creative Scotland, this is the second ever Fringe and a must for architecture lovers.

The Architecture Fringe: 1st-23rd July, venues across Glasgow and Scotland

4. Tschabalala Self

Art lovers won’t want to miss an exhibition at Tramway by American artist Tschabalala Self. It shows the vibrant, bold paintings from the first five years of her artistic career. Focusing on the concept of the black female body within contemporary culture, she examines the confluence of race, gender and sexuality using a variety of techniques including collage.

Tschabalala Self: 3rd June-20th August, Tramway

5. A matter of taste

The exhibition we’re looking forward to at GoMA this summer is TASTE! – an exhibition of artworks from Glasgow Museums’ collection displayed alongside material from their archive, exploring how collections are built, artworks are commissioned, and exhibitions are organised. This exhibition will, for the first time, place works together to create a historical snapshot, with some never before seen archive material expanding on GoMA’s rich past.

TASTE!: July 14th-, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow

6. Festival time

Head down to the Merchant City area of Glasgow this July for some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food and drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion and design – while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City. Not to be missed.

The Merchant City Festival: 22nd-30th July, Merchant City

7. Made to measure

Theatre lovers will be excited to hear that Shakespeare’s explosive drama Measure for Measure is making its first appearance at ‘Bard in the Botanics’ for nearly 15 years. This new version for just four actors is a female led performance by ‘These Headstrong Women’. Whorehouses and nunneries, betrothals and beheadings – welcome to Vienna!

Measure For Measure: 13th-29th July, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

8. Park life

Head down to Glasgow Green at the start of September and join the world-renowned BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by radio presenter Jamie MacDougall it’s your chance to enjoy some of your favourite classical pieces alongside great tracks from other genres performed live by a world class orchestra. On the night, the BBC SSO will also be joined by a number of guests.

BBC Scotland’s Proms in the Park: 9th September, Glasgow Green

9. Future perfect

Contemporary dance fans will be delighted to hear that choreographer Colette Sadler is in town. ‘Learning from the future’ explores the purpose and necessity of the human body in a science-fiction-like setting inhabited by a futuristic female form. Sadler’s choreography uses movement to amplify the primitive power of bodies in a bold, creative performance.

Learning from the future: 19th-20th August, Centre for Contemporary Arts

10. Start from scratch

Performance art fans should head down to The Poetry Club for Scratch night from Only Skin theatre collective. The night showcases work from developing local artists, writers, theatremakers and performers – it’s a great way of getting work-in-progress projects to an enthusiastic audience.

Scratch, 1st August, The Poetry Club

At SpotHost, we don’t just help you manage your Glasgow area or Airbnb property – we know what’s on in the city so your guests can get the most from their visit. Contact us today by emailing or calling 0141 375 1886.

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