Time for Turner: Glasgow’s contemporary art scene

December 3, 2015

With the Turner prize about to be presented in Glasgow for the first time, our writer samples the city’s dynamic art scene

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To say that in the 25 years since Glasgow was named city of culture it has transformed itself into an artistic powerhouse would not be an overstatement. The city’s artistic and cultural scene is rivalled in the UK only by that in London, but it has none of the elitism and snobbery that some say is rife in the capital. On 7 December, the Turner prize will be presented there for the first time. Fittingly so, given that in the past two decades Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has produced no fewer than 18 Turner Prize winners and nominees.

Whether you are a fan of contemporary art or more traditional painting and sculpture, there’s something for everyone. In fact, during an art-filled weekend in Glasgow I feel more engaged with the art world than I have for a long time – probably since I studied art history at university (where Scotland’s role in the art world was barely touched upon).

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