Gallery of Modern Art

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GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, offering a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. The focus of the Gallery is on contemporary social issues, often featuring groups marginalized in today’s society. Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in an elegant, neo-classical building in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Refurbished to house the city’s contemporary art collection, the building is an appealing combination of old and new architecture, incorporating a number of artists’ commissions. The GoMA Library is a resource of books and information on art and artists. As well as holding a series of events, the library has a training suite both for hire and for general public use; 22 PCs for use by the public on a drop-in basis; a fax machine and photocopying facility; as well as a café selling food and refreshments.

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Opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: 25th & 26th December
1st & 2nd January

Admission charges

Free. However, some temporary exhibitions may carry an admission fee.

Additional info

The Gallery of Modern Art currently has wheelchair access to main gallery areas. Male and female toilets are accessible to wheelchair users, and the café is also accessible to wheelchair users.

Collection details

Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Wolfgang Tillmans: pictures from New World

  • 19 February — 7 August 2016 *on now

A defining characteristic of Wolfgang Tillmans’ photographic work is the diversity of its subjects, styles and themes. Whether exploring conventional photographic modes such as street photography, portraiture, landscape and still life, or abandoning the camera altogether to produce abstract prints made by exposing different materials to light, Tillmans retains a sense of experimentation throughout his practice. This desire to push boundaries, to constantly question the photographic art form, has established Tillmans as one of the leading contemporary artists working today.

Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World is a selection of photographs from the Turner Prize-winner’s recent series Neue Welt (New World). Following 10 years of abstract and conceptual work, the project marks Tillman’s re-enchantment with the simple act of looking at the world as it is.

In these images, made over several years of local and international travel, the glass and steel of glitzy shopping malls are juxtaposed with the dust and colour of distant street markets. Skies of unblemished blue are countered by scrapyards and gutters. In one photo, fungus creeps up the side of a tree trunk, the organic mirror image of the ever-upward climb of urban environments – captured here also in the form of a cluttered view that unfolds before the artist from the window of a Shanghai hotel.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Cosima von Bonin: Who’s Exploiting Who In The Deep Sea?

  • 7 April — 7 August 2016 *on now

Cosima von Bonin’s exhibition Who’s Exploiting Who In The Deep Sea?* brings together a series of works from 2006 onwards exploring the artist’s affection for the creatures of the sea. Working with textiles, music, sculpture, performance, video and painting, her practice is varied and often collaborative in nature.

The artist’s cast of characters are a host of contradictions – approachable creatures who are reminiscent of childhood companions are not what they seem. Weaving together humour with melancholy, these sculptures have ambiguous roles and feelings. Von Bonin is able to use these creatures as agents to explore art history, popular culture and craft, to destabilise perceived constructions of feminism. She has created her own crew to explore the deep sea, where, as an analogy of the human condition it is a true place of the unknown.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Jacqueline Donachie: Deep in the Heart of Your Brain

  • 20 May — 13 November 2016 *on now

A major solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Jacqueline Donachie, including an ambitious new body of work exploring disability, care and loss.

Since 2002, Donachie has worked with a range of scientific and medical professionals in collaborative processes to produce new ideas and artworks. This exciting new commission with GoMA, supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, includes sculpture and drawings made in the last five years alongside new works developed from a period of research with a group of women affected by an inherited genetic condition, made in collaboration with the UK Myotonic Dystrophy Patient Registry at The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre in Newcastle.

This rich archive of personal reflection on age, appearance and disability offers a powerful platform for new work. Through connecting the thoughts of the women on their position within science and the treatment that affects them with established sculptural language that uses industrial materials, drawing and film, Donachie seeks to parallel the relationships and hierarchy of families with that of science, within the context of contemporary art. The exhibition will also reference items of armour from Glasgow Museums collection, urban architecture and works from an earlier sculptural and performance tradition such as that of Bruce McLean.

Central to the exhibition is the new film work Hazel, a powerful three screen installation that directly connects the experiences of the participants - all sister sets, where one sibling has inherited the myotonic dystrophy gene and one has not – to a wider discussion around relationships, age and appearance.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Please Turn Us On

  • 28 July 2016 — 22 January 2017

Please Turn Us On is a group exhibition that places Glasgow at the centre of a dialogue between early video art and international counterculture.

Arthur Ginsberg & Video Free America

Heather Phillipson


The Videofreex

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Art and Design provision for secondary pupils at Glasgow Museums

Our programme for 2004 offers a range of talks, workshops and activities for secondary pupils studying Art and Design.
Workshops can be tailored for any year group

How to obtain

For further information, or to book sessions, please call the the Museum Education Service on 0141 565 4112/3.

GoMA Education Events Mailing List

If you would like to find out about forthcoming education events and activities at GOMA, why not join our education mailing list.
Send your name, email and postal address to

Saturday Art Club

Lively practical art activities in the galleries designed for children aged 3-12 years, and their parents. Find fun ways to explore the art on display with drawing, collage, sculpture making and games. Come along every Saturday 10.30-13.00. Sessions are led by our professional art educators, with different activities each week, so come along and get arty.

How to obtain

Workshops are free, welcoming to all and you can just drop in. Call the galleries on 0141 287 3050 for more information.

Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square
G1 3AH


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0141 229 1996


0141 204 5316

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