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Glasgow Art Club Burns Supper 2016

Commemorating the 257th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns 25th January 1759

Members and their guests were invited to join us for an evening in celebration of the life & works of the Bard with a traditional four-course supper and entertainment in the Gallery.

View Photographs of the event in the Photo Gallery

Congratulations to The Glasgow Art Club golfers who triumphed against The Scottish Arts Club at Buchanan Castle Golf Club on Monday 14 September

Glasgow Art Club and Scottish Art Club Golf Match 2015

The Glasgow team of 6 was ably captained by Michael Clark and Edinburgh by Charlie Scott - 3 couples on each side - with Glasgow winning a closely fought match by two wins to one.

The day started with a bacon roll and finished with drinks at the bar, sponsored by GAC, and dinner in the club dining room at which a bottle ofchampagne was presented to the winning captain.

There was strong support for a repeat match next year in Edinburgh and even suggestions of widening the GAC golfing fixture list to Pebble Beach and possibly further afield!

A special thanks goes to Connie Simmers who organised the tournament.

Team Members:
GAC: Robert Kelsey, Jim Davis, Johnnie Cuthbert, Alan McNeilage, John Kingsley, Michael Clark.
SAC: Iain Currie, George Innes, Colin Munro, Terence Daintith, Allan Shaw, Charlie Scott.

View Photographs of the event in the Photo Gallery

GAC Artist Member Frank To had the chance to catch up with loyal collector and long term supporter, Sir Patrick Stewart

The Huddersfield University graduate recently donated a dramatic oil painting, first shown as part of his degree show, named Fallen to his Alma Mater. The painting is now on permanent display in the University’s Creative Arts Building. Sir Patrick Stewart attended the unveiling as his one of his final duties as Chancellor of Huddersfield University (a role which he has now handed to HRH The Duke of York).

Of the painting, Sir Patrick commented, “I have lusted after this painting since I first saw it more than 10 years ago! It made a big impact on me.”

During the intervening years, the famous actor and the young artist have stayed in touch and Sir Patrick – now Chancellor Emeritus at the University – has purchased a number of works by Frank To, who used the actor’s universally-recognisable face and features to depict the Roman poet Virgil in a dramatic series of paintings based on Dante’s Inferno.

Donating his early work Fallen – which featured in his end-of-year coursework show in 2004 – meant that the painting had come full circle, said Frank.

Read more here:

Frank To and Sir Patrick Stewart

GAC Summer Outing 2015 at Geilston Garden, Cardross

This year's Summer Outing on Sunday 21 June 2015 was at Geilston Garden, Cardross
View the photographs in the Photo Gallery

Silver Lapel Pins and Cufflinks
bearing the Club insignia

Stunningly sophisticated silver lapel pins and cufflinks bearing the Club insignia are available to purchase from the Club Secretary.

The insignia bears the head of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, the arts, trade, strategy and most positive aspects of civilised society.

Your GAC lapel pin or cufflinks tell the world that you are a member of Glasgow Art Club and proud of it! The high quality badges and cufflinks were designed and made in hallmarked silver in Carradale, Kintyre.

GAC Lapel pin: £17.50

GAC Cufflinks (bar fitting or oval fitting): £36


June, 2014 - Charles Anderson

The unveiling of the

Charles Anderson's mural created for the Provosts’s Pool at Rainbow Slides Leisure Centre in Stirling has been saved from the threat of demolition and relocated at the Headquarters of Ogilvie Group, who stepped in to save the mural which otherwise would have been lost. Ogilvie Construction were responsible for the construction of the Swimming Pool in the 1970's and the mural was part of the integral structure of the building. The photograph shows Charles with Provost Robbins and Duncan Ogilvie alongside the murals new home in Stirling.

Charles Anderson Receives Hon FRIASCharles Anderson has been awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (Hon FRIAS) for services to art and architecture in the public domain at their Annual Dinner held on 18th June. The photograph shows Charles receiving his award from President of RIAS, Ian Connolly.


Newsletter of the Glasgow Art Club - Winter 2012/13 No 38

The Glasgow Art Club's latest Newsletter:

Autumn/Winter 2015, Edition 42
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Archive Newsletters: -
Spring 2015, Edition 41
Summer 2014, Edition 40
Autumn 2013, Edition 39
Winter 2012, Edition 38
Spring 2012, Edition 37
Winter 2011, Edition 36
Spring 2011, Edition 35
Winter 2010, Edition 34.
Spring 2010, Edition 33.
Autumn 2009, Edition 32




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Campbeltown Success built in Stone Exhibition

Campbeltown Success Built in Stone Exhibition has now moved to Campbeltown

The exhibition has now moved to Campbeltown. Catch it at Kirk Street Hall until 20 August.


Glasgow Fair Weekend

The Club will close at 3pm on Friday 15 July and will reopen at 11am on Tuesday 19 July. 



The Glasgow Art Club Album: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

In 1888, the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) were presented with two albums of watercolours by members of The Glasgow Art Club. Included were works by Guthrie, Walton and Stevenson, all members of the Glasgow Boys group. The works featured in the album have now been digitised and are available to view online.


Soup now available outwith lunch hours.

Hot soup is now available outwith usual lunch hours and events (subject to availability). Please order at the bar.


GIA Design Awards 2015

The Glasgow Institute of Architects' Design Awards 2015 were announced on Friday 20 November. Congratulations to MAST Architects, responsible for the restoration and refurbishment of The Glasgow Art Club on winning The Conservation Award 2015. Yet another reason to be proud of our Club!





Restoration Update

The restoration and refurbishment project is now complete! 

"The repair and restoration of the Club’s building has now been completed. The architect issued his Certificate of Practical Completion on 27th February 2015. The entire envelope of the building, roof, walls and windows have been repaired or replaced, including the stonework, which has improved the exterior appearance of the building. An accessible toilet has been created on the ground floor. A new floor has been laid in the Gallery. The translucent plastic ceiling, which was installed in the Gallery in the 1950’s and was not part of the original design, has been removed and replaced with a new clear, anti-glare glass lantern which greatly improves the lighting and the general appearance of the Gallery. 

The replication of the frieze has also been completed. After extensive and painstaking research designs based on Mackintosh’s original work have been approved by our panel of Mackintosh experts and installed by a decorator with special experience of this work. 

With the Gallery re-opened and the frieze displayed to view there have been general expressions of approval and appreciation."


                                                               - Sheriff Iain MacMillan, April 2015.


"The Gallery has been completely refurbished. It was stripped back to the brick work, earth floor and the roof removed. It was rebuilt, repaired and restored to its original."

                                                                        - Celia Sinclair, April 2015.


Guided Tours of Glasgow Art Club

Ever wondered what lies behind the doors of 185 Bath Street? Steeped in culture and heritage, Glasgow Art Club has long been a private meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.

Now, we are giving you the chance to see behind the scenes of one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets!

FREE guided tours of Glasgow Art Club take place at 11.30am every Tuesday, or by appointment. 

Tours take place from March until 26 May and from 1 October until 15 December.

To book a place please call 0141 248 5210

Monday Lunch Service

Following the success of February and March's trial Monday lunch service, Glasgow Art Club and En Croute Catering are pleased to announce that the Monday lunch service shall continue indefinitley. Thanks to everyone who has shown their support for this service, long may it continue!


Glasgow Art Club elects new President

On February 11 2015, members of Glasgow Art Club elected Efric A McNeil as their new President.


To have been elected President of Glasgow Art Club is a great honour.

Women were first elected as members in 1984. Although I was not a member in my own right at that time, I visited the Club along with my late husband who first joined in the ‘70s.

My first introduction to Council was as Treasurer, a role well suited to me as I am a Chartered Accountant in practice with one of my daughters. 

I am pleased that two of my three daughters are also members.  Indeed, my architect daughter who was already a member proposed me along with Dr James Macaulay, a Past President.

The Club is unique in the city and the members, are an interesting and diverse group. Our artist members, 40% of whom are women, hold exhibitions in the Club on a regular basis.

It is an exciting time for the Club. The recent refurbishment has created a unique opportunity to engage with the public through guided tours and the education project for young people while maintaining its position in the city as one of the few remaining private members’ clubs.



Efric A McNeil CA is a partner in a long established firm of chartered accountants, with a client base in the central belt of Scotland and Argyll. Before being elected President of Glasgow Art Club she served on the Council of the Club for six years, initially as Treasurer.

Efric's interests include late 19th and early 20th century architecture, the visual arts, renovation  of the Picture House in Campbeltown, the preservation of  historic buildings and the works of Neil Munro. In the past she has served on the Council of the Charles Rennie  Mackintosh  Society.  Her current appointments include, Trustee of The Willow Tearooms Trust and  member of the Strathclyde Fundraising Committee of the Art Fund.  


First woman elected president of illustrious art club

by Phil Miller, Arts Correspondent
The Herald, Saturday 14 February 2015


The Annual Business Meeting of the Club will be held in the Club on Wednesday 11 February 2015 at 6.30 p.m.  As required by the Constitution and Rules of the Club, I am writing to draw your attention to the import of Article 26:

No resolution, unless it relates to the business introduced by the Council, shall be moved at an Annual Business Meeting unless a notice, signed by the members who propose to move and second it, and stating its terms, has been lodged with the Secretary not later than 31 December 2014.

As required by Article 20.1 of the Constitution and Rules, I hereby intimate that the following Office-Bearers fall to retire at the Annual Business Meeting in February 2015 and are not eligible for re-election:


President                          Mr Robert Kelsey   

Lay Vice President                         Mrs Efric McNeil      

Honorary Treasurer                  Mr John Mulhern


The following Office-Bearer falls to retire at the Annual Business Meeting in February 2015 and is eligible for re-election:


            Artist Vice President                Mr Joe Hargan


The following members of Council fall to retire at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting:


Professor Michael Healey (co-opted in 2014 and eligible for election)

Mr Frank To (Not eligible for election)

Article 20.2 of the Constitution and Rules requires members who desire to nominate a candidate or candidates for election (as Office-Bearers or Council Members) to deliver in writing to the Secretary not later than 31 December in each year a notice stating the name or names of those whom they nominate.  The notice must, before delivery, be signed by the proposer and seconder for each candidate nominated, and must also bear the signature of the nominee as evidence of his or her consent to be nominated.


Trial Monday Lunch Service

Every Monday throughout February, the Dining Room will be open for a trial lunch service between 12 noon and 2pm. If you’d like to see this facility become permanent then please come along and  add your support! Your Club needs you!


New Membership Category

Glasgow Art Club is thrilled to announce a NEW membership category!

Are you a full time student looking for something a little different from the usual student experience? A Glasgow Art Club membership could be just what you’re after!

Located in the heart of the city just minutes from the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the fully Wi-Fi enabled clubhouse boasts two bars, two restaurants, two exclusive private dining/drinking/meeting rooms and an impressive Gallery space which lends itself fantastically to regular live music events and an ever-changing exhibitions programme. At Glasgow Art Club there really is something for everyone.

Are you a member of a student society or club? As a member of Glasgow Art Club your society could benefit from FREE room hire for your meetings and events.

Glasgow Art Club is a melting pot for the well connected - membership could open up a whole world of networking which may prove invaluable long after graduation.

So, why not become a regular in the fun and relaxed environment of the Glasgow Art Club and experience a better way of socialising, networking and meeting new people!


Student membership costs £85 including VAT per annum (£8.50 per month spread over ten months)

Call or email us today to find out more!

0141 248 5210


A Christmas message from the President


Dear Member,


There is an expression which states, “if you want something done, give it to a busy man.”

I certainly fill the criteria for the “busy man” part of the saying as I always seem to be working towards one solo exhibition or another, and any leisure time quickly fills up with golf and travel. So taking on the Presidency of Glasgow Art Club was never going to be easy. Having said all that, it was such an honour and a privilege to hold this illustrious office that I jumped at the opportunity. 

It is hard to believe that almost three years have passed since I took over the Office from Raymond Williamson, and a tricky three years they have been. You will recall that we were just entering the structural phase of our refurbishment programme, and major puzzles had to be solved regarding storing and repairing of gallery furniture. Fundraising for new furniture began, and a general battening down of the hatches commenced before the big gallery closed its doors for 18 months.

During this time my Council worked closely with the members of the Property Company who had the daunting task of seeing the huge project through to a successful conclusion.

My enduring memory of the last three years has been how well the Club has continued to flourish despite many inconveniences. The bar area became a little Bistro and our Billiard Room Gallery served our members well, catering for numerous exhibitions and functions. 

I never heard anyone complain about the reduced size of the place, and it all seemed to be accepted with mutual good natured optimism.  I would also like to add a word of thanks to our amazing members of staff who kept up a high level of efficiency throughout the project. What pleased me even more was the steady flow of new members who joined us over this period.

Now apart from a few finishing and decorating jobs to complete by the end of January 2015, those difficult days are firmly behind us, and we can enjoy our refurbished and redecorated Club premises. Celebration Dinners and Exhibitions are in full flow and Christmas festivities can be enjoyed within our warm and friendly Club.

I will be stepping down as President at the Annual Business Meeting in February and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and friendship during my period in office. 


Have a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.


Robert Kelsey


Glasgow Art Club




This November the magnificent Glasgow Art Club Gallery, once described by the late art historian Sir Kenneth Clark as, "one of the most perfect small galleries in Europe" will throw open its doors to the public following an extensive programme of refurbishment and restoration.

Closed since May of last year, the Gallery will be opened by Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden on the 22nd of November 2014. The Gallery has undergone a major £1.2 million transformation in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, and will be proudly showcased by key stakeholders at the launch event.

Of particular interest come the reopening in November will be the restoration of a hidden Charles Rennie Mackintosh frieze, discovered by Dr James Macaulay, retired head of architectural history at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Painted in 1893, the stencilled artwork was Mackintosh's first major public work and the centrepiece of the club's gallery but due to its position under the eaves, where it sustained water damage, it was eventually plastered and painted over. The Club is resplendent with historically significant interior features including fireplaces, grilles and door fittings – all designed by a 25-year-old Charles Rennie Mackintosh who was working as an apprentice to John Keppie at the time. This replication is a main feature of the project and one of national significance and importance. To coincide with the reopening, Glasgow Art Club will mount a major exhibition featuring the work of Glasgow Art Club members, past and present. Works on display will range from those by William Denniston, EA Hornel, John Cunningham, John Lavery, Norman Kirkham, David Donaldson, Barbara Rae, George Henry, Harry Benson, Ken Howard, Robert Kelsey, Frank To, Joe Hargan, Hazel Nagl and Bet Low amongst many, many more.

“Visitors to the exhibition will be able to enjoy a rich thread of artistic excellence that transcends several decades of Contemporary Scottish Art, including the works of our younger, currently emerging artist members. Glasgow Art Club has a long and noble heritage and we should be proud that it continues to flourish, and provide an environment where our artist members display all the skills of those who have gone before them.” Robert Kelsey, Glasgow Art Club President.

Glasgow Art Club would like to acknowledge the support of our lead exhibition sponsors Tilney Bestinvest. Paul Frame, Managing Director and Head of Tilney Bestinvest, Glasgow said: “The Glasgow Art Club is one of the city’s iconic institutions and we are delighted to show the Club and its members our continued support. The damaged Mackintosh building and works of the Art School have found their place in many hearts this year and it is therefore great to be part of a good news story in the city. The completion of the refurbishment of the Art Club, in particular the main gallery and the reproduction of the Mackintosh frieze is something really worth celebrating. We look forward to seeing the gallery, the Mackintosh frieze and the works of Glasgow Art Club members showcased in all their glory now the renewal project is complete.”

Glasgow Art Club Restoration- The National Lottery

Glasgow Art Club Restoration - Historic Scotland

Glasgow Art Club Restoration - Tilney Bestinvest


Time Capsule

Glasgow Art Club - Time Capsule

On Friday 30th June 2014 Glasgow Art Club was honoured to host the Rt Hon Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty who was joined by Glasgow’s second citizen, Lord Dean of Guild, Raymond Williamson and Deacon Convener, Hamish C Brodie. The Lord Provost, with the assistance of Glasgow Art Club President, Robert Kelsey and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Paul Dowds, placed a time capsule under the floor of the magnificent Art Club Gallery, once described by the late art historian Sir Kenneth Clark as, "one of the most perfect small galleries in Europe."

This landmark and historic occasion presented a unique and meaningful opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of Glasgow Art Club.

The capsule is to be unearthed 29 years from now (2043), to mark the 150th anniversary of our occupation of 185 Bath Street.

View the photographs of this event in the photo gallery - All photographs courtesy of Laura McAllister





Supportyed by the National Lottery through the Hertage Lottery Fund

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