The Glasgow Art Club Educational Programme is aimed at pupils in S 4/5/6 who are, or may be contemplating a career in the arts.
The Club is currently engaged on a project to restore its building at 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, with financial assistance from Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies. As part of this project we intend to make the Club’s facilities and its heritage known to a wider public, and at the same time encourage young people to take an interest in the pictorial arts.
The Art Club has been promoting the arts in Glasgow and the West of Scotland for about 150 years. Many of our members are professional artists. Some of Scotland’s leading artists have been members, including nearly all of the Glasgow Boys, Sir James Guthrie, Sir John Lavery, D. Y. Cameron etc. In recent times our members have included such artists as David Donaldson, John Cunningham, James Robertson and many others. There are regular exhibitions in the Club Gallery, which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and these are open to public viewing.
Our programme aims to provide young adults, aged 14 – 18 years, currently in secondary education, with an insight into the cultural diversity of the arts within the Club’s environment; to expose them to the positive ethos of the expressive arts; meeting contemporary artists; viewing and discussing artists’ work; engaging socially with artist and lay members; and gaining insight into other professions associated with or supporting the Arts. The Club can offer an unprecedented opportunity for young people to experience the benefits of being part of an establishment of such historical and cultural importance. In this way it is hoped that their enthusiasm will be aroused to further their own careers in the Arts.