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Curtains Up On Our Winter Windows

28th November 2016

Browse through our eclectic Christmas Show 'Unwrapped' which runs until Christmas Eve.

As well as an exceptional array of original Scottish Contemporary Art hanging on our spacious Gallery walls you will also find:


JEWELLERY BY : Amanda Johnson; David Murray; Alexa Hope; Clare Spencer; Carol Docherty ; Eileen MacAllister; Helen Swan and Robyn Kinsman Blake.

TEXTILES BY: Olive Pearson and Siobhan Gray featuring the loveliest of contemporary silk scarves in silk twill, lambs wool and modal and cashmere. Beautiful bespoke  cushions of Scottish Islands and boats by Susan Mylne and finely felted tea lights and vases by Lynda Tyson.

CERAMICS BY: Angela Pointon with her sought after and quirky Clan range of jugs, fruit bowls and squinty paper cups;   And a selection of all creatures great and small by ever popular ceramicist Alex Johannsen including, Penguins, Westie's, Pugs, Daschunds and Schnausers.

ARTISAN GLASSWARE BY: Dorte Pape renowned for her delightful range of glass garden and sea birds and hare and robin tealight panels. And Marc Peters' exquisite glass vessels in vibrant colours.

SCULPTURES BY: Douglas Kerr working with paper clay to create remarkable vases and Tim Djikman whose creations from wlalnut, elm and yew are truly thought provoking.  And Morven Browne's delicate and evocative sapling and tree sculptures are always a talking point.

And finally back, by popular demand, are our Swedish Santas and Elks make your way to Thistle Gallery and choose your gorgeous gifts for family and friends.

Please note the Gallery will be open seven days a week for the month of December and on Saturdays we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.

Unique Charity Event...

19th September 2016

The Gallery is to be the backdrop for a memorable Charity Event for Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday, October 2nd. On that day we will be hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party with several surprises in store.


Artists Jackie Henderson, Cecilia Cardiff, Ross Muir, Sam Skelton, Sheila Fowler, Jilly Henderson, Jennifer Kilgour, Stan Milne  and Gail Stirling Robertson have all produced superb and unique works of art inspired by the much loved story.


All of these exhibits will be available to purchase with a third of the proceeds going to Macmillan and all the money raised from the Ticket price and the Raffle will also go to the charity.


Tickets, which are restricted to 30, are now on sale on a strictly first come, first served basis. So 'Don't Be Late!'

Click here to download a pdf preview

Wild Horses Make Waves...

28th July 2016

'A beautiful limited collection of beach art images to raise your spirits, on the days when you just can't get to the beach.'


We are delighted to feature the work of accomplished photographic artist Yvonne Watt who will be showcasing fifteen remarkable images with us from this Saturday, July 30th until Sunday, August 14th.

Last year Yvonne had the privilege of spending a couple of days watching a herd of mares, stallions, foals and yearlings, known as the Wild Horses of the Salt River in Arizona. Originally this equine group numbered more than 500,000 wild horses but today it's now fewer than 500.

For Yvonne it was an incredible experience to witness the herds' fee spirit and unique interaction as they emerged from the Saguaro cactus desert land.

In addition to her equine images, Yvonne is also exhibiting her 'beach art photography'  which takes many forms. From capturing discovered treasures or bird life on the beach to waiting for that perfect wave. She has a truly perfectionistic eye for detail which shows in the treatment of her exhibits....some of which are in box canvasses...some are printed on high gloss acrylic ...others are framed in a more traditional way...but all of them large, medium or small, are at the cutting edge of contemporary photographic art and must be seen first hand to be truly appreciated.

This feature wall is part of our seasonal Show 'Summer Breeze' which runs until September 4th and contains exhibits from over 50 contemporary leading Scottish artists with new exhibits arriving do pop in.

Let Art Flourish...

11th March 2016

Dear Green Place is the title of our new Show featuring the work of eight contemporary Scottish Artists who often take inspiration from the city of Glasgow and its environs.

Sheila Fowler, Peter Nardini, Kristina Dickson, Tom Manley, Gail Stirling Robertson, Lilias Conroy, Michelle Cohen and sculptor Tom Allan will be exhibiting a wide range of their work in their own distinctive styles, depicting not only the city but other interpretative images and sculptures which reflect their artistic talents.


Our Exhibition will also feature 'Transformation' a unique Show by musician and artist Maureen Malcolm Gourley who explores the themes of transformation, connection and the magic which happens in between. Showcasing four original songs, seven pieces of art in mixed media, seven artists  - Alison Brown, Lorna Brown, Veronica Casey, Jennifer Fergie, Jackie Forbes Henderson, Simone Landwehr-Traxler and of course Maureen herself, will explore and interpret her concept and vision.



Cuban moments captured.....

10th February 2016 accomplished photographic artist Iain Clark now at the Thistle Gallery. As this popular Show enters its final days in the Gallery this is your last chance to see Iain's fine body of work captured during a life-changing trip to the island last year.


All those who have visited  Iain's Exhibition confirm that these remarkable 35 images truly capture the 'essence' of the country and it's people 'caught in time' but on the brink of 'fundamental change'.


Iain will be in the Gallery this Saturday, February 13th from 12:30 to 4:30pm and on Sunday 14th from 1:30pm until 4:30pm where he will be chatting to visitors about the stories behind his images and the fascinating country he found there.

And that was the beginning of the end of that....

19th January 2016

The Gallery is privileged to be hosting a remarkable exhibition by Glasgow based photographic artist Iain Clark. This unique body of work is the result of Iain's visit last year to the Caribbean island of Cuba.


With the announcement last year that Cuba and the United States are to re-establish Embassies in each other's countries this collection of 35 images gives viewers an insight into an island on the brink of real change.


Said Iain: 'I wanted to experience Cuba as it was before the 21st century invaded. Cuba is unlike anywhere else in the world and my images aim to capture its uniqueness.

'It's a photographer's paradise; the buildings in Havana appear to crumble before your eyes, the classic American cars on the road showcase the 'make do and mend mechanics' and you can't walk far without the iconic Che Guevara looming over you. The Cuba which appears in this collection at the Thistle Gallery is disappearing day by day.

'This Exhibition documents a way of life which, in a few year's time, will only exist in memories. This bygone way of life will be laid to rest in the pages of history books. My images aim to capture a moment in time, preserving this freeze frame of Cuba forever.'


Iain's work is held in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as private collections across the world.

The Exhibition runs from Saturday, January 30th until Sunday, February 14th.



Click here to download a pdf preview of the exhibits

Magical Page Turner Visits Gallery

7th December 2015

This Thursday we are delighted to be playing host to an unusual Charity Event when inspiring artist Ronnie Gildea gives art and book lovers an insight into his world of book folds and book sculptures...which are imaginative, magical and often whimsical.


Since first exhibiting at the Gallery, six months ago, his unique exploration of books and literature, which manifests itself in these intricate works of art, have captivated customers young and old.


Under the guise of 'the boy who folds books' Ronnie has turned his hand to depicting a galleon, a stag, cottages, owls, Angels, a carousel, squirrels, mice.....indeed you name it he has folded it!


But this week on December 10th he takes his art to a whole new level with a performance, aided and abetted by fellow artist Jack Henderson, entitled 'Twas a night before Christmas .......which will have visitors literally spellbound.


In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support the Event starts at 730pm and there are just a handful of tickets left - priced £15 to include mulled wine and mince pies. So do contact the Gallery to snap yours will not be disappointed ...and it's all in a good cause!


There will also be a raffle with several superb prizes on offer including a painting kindly donated by popular artist Jackie Henderson; a portrait donated by artist Ross Muir; a pair of women's Ray Ban sunglasses gifted by Wallace Opticians; a superb book fold gifted by Ronnie Gildea,  an exquisite silk scarf by exclusive textile designer Iona Crawford and several bottles of fine wine donated by the ADF Partnership.


Please contact Carol Dunbar at the Gallery 0141 334 3444 to reserve one of the remaining tickets

Click here to download a pdf preview of the exhibits

Miquel Torner de Semir

13th October 2015

'Vibrant textured paintings which burst with colour and life' is the apt description given to the work of acclaimed Catalonian artist Miquel Torner de Semir.

We are proud and privileged to exhibit nine of his rich, vivid and instantly recognisable works which will be with us from Saturday, October 24th until Sunday, November 8th.

Born in 1938, Girona. Spain. He studied at the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. This Catalan painter’s work is characterized by his use of rich, vivid colours and when asked to choose a word to describe his work he simply uses the word “Life”. Often working in collage he uses musical scores, canvas and lace to add structure, texture and depth to his work.

Torner de Semir’s work bridges the gap between the old and the new, his influence from Gothic stained glass can clearly be seen. By the use of thick black lines to outline his figures he creates paintings within paintings and his use of truly vivid, neon colours link these windows to the modern world. Often depicting the female form, the figures in Torner’s paintings exude a calm serenity, reminiscent of religious art of the Middle Ages, however the intense, expressive colour palette and texture firmly places his work in the 21st century. The non confrontational faces of his woman allow the viewer to enter the painting, they do not challenge you but invite you through the window to create your own narrative.

Influenced by his contemporary Picasso, his passion for the historical as well as the modern is ever present.  He strives to explore the abstract within the worlds he creates. Internationally renowned he was honored in 2003 and commissioned to design a postage stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish constitution. His work is in numerous public collections in Spain including The Museum of the Royal Mint and is highly sought after by art collectors internationally.


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