Burrell Collection

Burrell Collection
Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G43 1AT
Scotland

Website

www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/index.cfm?venueid=1

E-mail

info@glasgowlife.org.uk

Telephone

0141 287 2550

Fax

0141 287 2597

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When Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell, gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow, the city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of a vast array of works of all periods and from all over the world. In 1944, Burrell and his wife signed the Deed of Gift of their collection to the City of Glasgow. They wanted the collection to be housed in a building 16 miles from the centre of the Glasgow, to show the works of art to their greatest advantage, and also to avoid the damaging effects of air pollution. Sadly, no suitable site had been identified by Burrell's death in 1958, but Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald and her family gifted Pollok House and 360 acres of Pollok Estate to the City of Glasgow in 1967. Although within the city boundaries, it was agreed that this offered a wonderful setting for the collections. The Burrell was purpose built, the result of an architectural competition, and opened in 1983. Care was taken to ensure harmony between the building and its collections, and the park it is situated in. The light and airy building, its woodland setting and the amazing breadth of Sir William Burrell's collection make a visit to The Burrell Collection an experience not to be missed. The park and woodland offer plenty of outdoor activities too - why not come for a walk and a picnic, or see the changing seasons reflected in the trees? Pollok House is also situated in Pollok Estate, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Burrell Collection, and a shuttle bus service runs between the two museums.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open: Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: 25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January

Admission charges

Free.

You can wander round important collections of medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture, European paintings, including works by Degas and Cézanne, an important collection of Islamic art, and modern sculpture including works by Epstein and Rodin. Children will be fascinated by the works from days of long ago -we have a fine collection of works from ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Architectural features from the collection have been integrated into the structure of the building -you can walk under arches built for medieval lords and ladies. There are also reconstructions of rooms from Sir William’s home, furnished in gothic style with items from the collection.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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

Bellini to Boudin: five centuries of painting in the Burrell Collection

  • 21 March — 31 December 2014 *on now

The Burrell Collection is devoting its main temporary gallery space to a display of over 40 jewels of the fine art collection. See Highlights

Bellini to Boudin

  • 21 March 2014 — 21 March 2015 *on now

For the first time, the Burrell Collection is devoting its main temporary gallery space to a display of over 40 jewels of the fine art collection, allowing visitors to experience a wide range of periods, styles and techniques in a single space. Well known works include Bellini’s Virgin and Child, a selection of works by Degas, the Rembrandt Self-portrait, The Beach at Trouville, the Empress Eugenie, by Boudin and Cezanne’s Chateau du Medan. Less familiar works include Whistler’s Nocturne: Grey and Gold Westminster Bridge – just back from loan in London, the most expensive painting Burrell bought; and Sir John Lavery’s portrait of Mary Burrell, Sir William’s younger sister.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.events.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/bellini-to-boudin

Burrell Contemporary Craft Display: Shelly Xue, Glass Art

  • 10 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

Artist Shelly Xue exhibits a series of glass enamel paintings inspired by nature, which look at traditional Chinese patterns.

Made in China: an imperial Ming vase

  • 12 April — 6 July 2014 *on now

A British Museum Tour: Supported by BP. Discover this rare 15th-century vase from the legendary Ming dynasty, alongside Burrell’s own fascinating collection of Chinese objects

The Voyages of Zheng He and China Trade in the Early Ming: Lecture with Dr Yupin Chung, Curator of Chinese Art

  • 7 May 2014

Admiral Zheng made 7 voyages to establish trade and relations, some 80 years before Columbus set sail for the Americas!

Festival of Museums - Dressed to Kill

  • 17 May 2014 11am-4pm

Discover how people lost their lives to costume, fashion and accessories over the last 4000 years. A gloriously gruesome family day out!

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Adult Art: Stencil me Beautiful

  • 7 May 2014 10am-12pm

Use our Ming Vase as inspiration to create intricate stencils and then decorate an unusual object! Please book your place in advance.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

Adult Art: Felt Pots

  • 7 May 2014 11:30am-4:30pm

This 1 day course for beginners will guide you through the wet felting technique to create a stylish felt pot. All materials are provided for this fantastic course, but please book your place in advance. Please bring a packed lunch.

Admission

£20 per adult, concessions available

Adult Art: Stencil me Beautiful

  • 11 May 2014 1-4pm

Use our Ming Vase as inspiration to create intricate stencils and then decorate an unusual object! Please book your place in advance.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

Classic Cinema

  • 14 May 2014 10am-12pm

An exotic Cinderella story about the life of a Geisha. This screening could be subject to age restrictions, please contact the museum for more details.

illustration showing woman wearing corset

Dressed to Kill

  • 17 May 2014 11am-4pm

Dressed to kill will take you on a fascinating, flamboyant and fearsome journey through the last 4000 years of fashion to discover the lethal truth behind some of our best known costumes. Handle armour from ancient Greece and Medieval times or indulge in some more fanciful dressing up before heading to the photo studio to capture your creations. If you think you’ve got what it takes to beat the fashionistas at their own game then give the crinoline assault course a go or take a deep breath and hold on tight for the corset tying test.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.glasgowmuseums.com

Classic Cinema

  • 18 May 2014 10am-12pm

An exotic Cinderella story about the life of a Geisha. This screening could be subject to age restrictions, please contact the museum for more details.

Special Object Viewing Session: Burrell’s Ming Masterpieces & their Provenance

  • 21 May 2014 2-3:30pm

Join our Curator of Chinese and Civilisations to handle our delicate and rarely-displayed collection of imperial Ming porcelain.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

Adult Art: Ceramic Painting

  • 4 June 2014 10am-12pm

Take inspiration from our blue and white Ming vase and decorate your own ceramic piece. Please book your place in advance.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

A Moment on Chinese Script

  • 14 June 2014 2:30-3pm

Join us at the Burrell Collection to have a go at writing Chinese characters. Please book your place in advance.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

Burrell for Blokes - Woodblock Printing

  • 25 June 2014 10am-12pm

In the latest event in our workshop series designed specifially for men, you can learn some basic skills and use woodcarver’s tools to create a woodblock printing plate. Please book your place in advance.

Admission

Free, but please book in advance

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