‘The trail will showcase Glasgow’s status as a leading city for contemporary arts’

By Ellen Thomson at

Fourteen pieces of contemporary art in Glasgow city centre are part of a new visitor trail.

The attraction has been launched as more people are expected to staycation this summer due to the pandemic.

Glasgow City Council says it wants to showcase the city’s contribution to the arts and creative industries.

The pieces in the trail include: Untitled (Jim Lambie, 2004, Barrowland Park); Cherub Skull (Kenny Hunter, 1997, Tron Theatre); The Clyde Clock (George Wyllie, 1999, Killermont Street); Tympanum (Niki de Saint Phalle, 1996, Gallery of Modern Art); and Bridge Columns (Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1990, Broomielaw).

George Wylie

The Clyde Clock (George Wyllie, 1999, Killermont Street)

The location of the pieces ranges from Rose Street and Renfrew Street down to Nelson Mandela Place and the Broomielaw, and over to Hutcheson Street, Rottenrow and around Glasgow Cross.

Glasgow’s City Centre Contemporary Art Trail is part of the council’s City Centre and High Street Area strategies – to increase footfall for local businesses and to improve the look and feel of the areas.

Glasgow is a city with a significant presence on the international contemporary art stage.

‘Importance’

Glasgow employs more people in the creative industries than any other in Scotland.

In 2019, the EU recognised Glasgow as the UK’s top cultural and creative city.

The report stated that ‘Glasgow was one of the first European Capitals of Culture, in 1990.

“Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.”

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Councillor Angus Millar is deputy convener for Inclusive Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council.

He said: “Glasgow’s City Centre Contemporary Art Trail will offer the chance to see – on the street or from the street – the many outstanding pieces of contemporary art to be found in the area.

“The trail will not only encourage a fresh look at these pieces, but will also guide visitors to different parts of our city centre and showcase Glasgow’s status as a leading city for the contemporary arts.”

More information on the city centre’s Contemporary Art Trail can be found at: https://www.citycentrecontemporaryarttrail.co.uk.