The Glasgow Art Club: Established 1867

The Glasgow Art Club welcomes New Members
The Glasgow Art Club welcomes New Members

The Glasgow Art Club always welcomes New Members into its fold, and it’s not just a club solely for artists! Located in the heart of the city, The Glasgow Art Club is the private members' club with a difference. Steeped in culture and heritage, the Club has been a meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.

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. With a fully stocked bar, a restaurant serving delicious lunches, two exclusive private dining/drinking/meeting rooms and our impressive Gallery space, which lends itself fantastically to regular live music events, we really do have something for everyone.

What are you waiting for? Find out more about Glasgow Art Club today!

Membership starts from as little as £9.00 per month and with reduced rates for artists, students, under 35’s, corporate and out of town members, there’s never been a better time to join!

We run guided tours of our historic building, please book via eventbrite (booking is essential, max 12 places per tour)

We also offer room hire for private groups which can include anything from corporate board meetings  to venue hire for concerts or art events and private dining experiences. The Glasgow Art Club offers a stunning and unique building to host a variety of events.

Featured Artist

Each month we feature the work of one of our Artist Members, giving them the chance to showcase their work on the Club’s website. Their work is also on display in the Club for the duration of the month.

Robert Kelsey is the Featured Artist for April 2019

Robert Kelsey, Yachts in the Bay of Rapallo

Robert Kelsey, Yachts in the Bay of Rapallo



Robert studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1966 till 1970 being awarded a DA.

His tutors included many senior Scottish painters such as James D Robertson, Alexander Goudie and David Donaldson who was Head of Drawing and Painting at that time.

These artists, especially Sandy Goudie, had a big influence on his painting style.

On graduating, Robert followed a career in teaching, being promoted to Head of Art and Design at Renfrew High School in 1983.

Fortunately, Robert had continued to paint since leaving Art School and was a regular exhibitor at all the Annual Scottish Exhibitions such as The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Paisley Art Institute, the RSA and RSW, building up a following of collectors.

In 1996 Interest in his work by major English galleries prompted Robert to stand down from his teaching career and paint full time. This has been a great success and he has had:

22 major solo exhibitions with Thompson’s Gallery in London since 1994.

Other major galleries that he shows with regularly include:

The Walker Gallery in Harrogate

The Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold

The Lemond Gallery in Glasgow

Collectors include

The Fleming Collection, Paisley Art Gallery, Scottish Friendly Insurance, Taylor Woodrow,

The Duke of Bedford, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, Lord Smith of Kelvin, Sir Arnold Clark.


Robert joined the Glasgow Art Club in 1987 and has served on Council as both Gallery Convenor and more recently as President from 2012 till 2015

He was awarded a Diploma from Paisley Art Institute in 1998 ( PAI )

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2009 ( FRSA )

He received an Honorary Degree from the University of the West of Scotland in 2010 ( MUniv )


Current Exhibition: The Glasgow Art Club Spring Exhibition: 23 February - 30 March  2019

For more information on Exhibitions: Visit the Exhibitions page >>>>>>

Entry to exhibitions is free. Exhibitions are open to public daily between 11am and 5pm (closed Sundays)

185 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4HU 0141 248 5210

Opening Hours:

Monday – Tuesday 11am – 6pm

Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm

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