**Important Covid-19 Update**
The outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, and globally, is deeply concerning, and the health and safety of our members, staff, visitors, partners and all whom we work with as a Club is absolutely paramount. The core intention of the measures outlined below is to minimise the risk to members and visitors (particularly those in high risk groups).
In the light of announcements and advice from both the UK and Scottish Governments regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the Council of the Club has decided to proceed with closing the Club from 15.00 on Friday 20 March until further notice.
The majority of the Club’s office-based staff will be working remotely from home. To that end, I strongly encourage you, where possible, to use e-mail (as opposed to the telephone or post) as your primary means of communication with the Club.
Enquiries regarding Clubhouse bookings and events should be sent to email@example.com and enquiries on other matters should go to firstname.lastname@example.org
All events and talks have been postponed until further notice. If you have booked for one of our events or talks you should expect to hear from us in the next couple of days.
Our objective is to minimise disruption to members and other users of the Club, through adjustments such as remote working, although we recognise that the loss of Clubhouse facilities will be a disappointment to many. However, this is a challenging period for us all and I would appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.
We will continue to update our social media and website as new developments occur.
We thank you for your support and encouragement and trust that we will see you again at one of our events, talks or exhibitions soon.
We hope that you stay safe and healthy and take care of one another.
The Glasgow Art Club: Established 1867
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 is less than you might think 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!
Perhaps you have been thinking about joining the Glasgow Art Club, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge? Why not consider our GAC Taster? The GAC 90 Day Taster could be the perfect way for you to find out more about the Club and the ways in which being a member could enrich your life. Find out more here.
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.
John Rowland is a former chartered land surveyor and keen photographer who developed a passion for art after moving to Glasgow in the late 1990s. After pursuing a number of evening class programmes, initially at Strathclyde University then Glasgow School of Art, he developed a keen interest in working with pastel under the tutorship of Glasgow Art Club member Margaret Evans.
Much of his work draws from past travel experiences and the portrayal of 'sense of place'. His early career as a land surveyor took him to parts of the world that at that time were largely off the beaten tourist track. During the 1970s and 80s he lived and worked in the Middle East, Pakistan and Northern Australia. Since returning to the UK at the end of the 1980s he has continued to travel recreationally. Family connections in South Africa and, more recently, Brazil have been some of the destinations that have provide subject matter.
He became an elected artist member of the Glasgow Art Club in June 2018.
"Arabian Sands – this is the title of Wilfred Thesiger’s account of his exploration of the Rub’ al Khali (the Empty Quarter encompassing parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the then Trucial States) between 1945 and 1950. This also happens to be when initial oil exploration first commenced in this part of the world.
In 1971 the Trucial States became the United Arab Emirates and in 1976 I was assigned my first overseas posting as a young surveyor working for BP to stake out the locations of future oil wells for the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Company. Within a few weeks of arrival I encountered this Bedouin family camped out not too far from one of the oil fields and experienced the hospitality that Thesiger describes in his account.
I undertook this pastel painting recently working from photos that I had taken back in 1976."
Arabian Sands is on display at the Glasgow Art Club throughout the month of March.