GoMA Outdoor Summer Programme

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is running several fun-filled family sessions outdoors during the Summer Holidays!

GoMA Outdoor Summer Programme

About GoMA Outdoor Summer Programme

Meet us outside GoMA, under our wonderful portico, and take part in different creative sessions inspired by the amazing artworks at GoMA!

Each week we'll delve into a different work and explore a different technique, making something you'll be able to take home with you.

Sessions run every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons, 1:30-4 pm, from 21st July to 14th August.

Covid safety information
We will operate according to recommended social distancing measures. Each household group (max 5 people per group) has to book one time slot, during which you'll be allocated a separate table and materials. All these will be sanitised between uses.

Please note, Eventbrite tickets only give you access to the activity area and not to the Gallery of Modern Art. You can book a free ticket to enter the Gallery at this link: www.glasgowlife.org.uk

Event details

Week 1 - Weave away your creativity
Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd, Saturday 24th July, 1:30-4 pm


Come and make some colourful little weaving rectangles using recycled cardboard, scraps of fabric, plastic bags or anything we can get our hands on!

Finding creative ways to using recycling material is a great way to help our environment. Glasgow is hosting the Climate Change Conference COP26 this year and we want to inspire sustainability in any little ways we can.

This workshop is inspired by the powerful and colourful tapestries by artist Nep Sidhu, as part of the Glasgow International exhibition: An Immeasurable Melody, Medicine for a Nightmare (11 June – 4 September 2021, Gallery 1). His work carries beauty, symbolism of Sikh metaphysics and histories.

Week 2 – Idyllic landscapes
Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Saturday 31st July, 1:30-4 pm


Rather than just throwing old newspapers away, we’re going to use them for a family-fun session to get creative!

Inspired by Kate V Robertson’s Better Versions in our exhibition Drink in the Beauty (Gallery 3), we’ll be creating our very own idyllic landscapes. Borrowing images from newspapers, we’ll explore Robertson’s mark making process and how the artist creates these new worlds from old stories. A simple, creative activity for all the family.

Week 3 - Niki de Saint Phalle Mosaics
Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th August, 1:30-4 pm


The artist Niki de Saint Phalle designed the wonderful triangular design at the top of the Gallery of Modern Art building. If you look closely, you can see that the design includes a ring, a tree, a bird, and a bell. These are all elements of Glasgow’s famous coat of arms and the story of St. Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.

A key element of this spectacular mosaic is the coloured glass from which it is made, which you can see as you enter the Gallery of Modern Art. Come along to find out more about this artist and create your very own brightly coloured mosaic to take away.

Week 4 - Fun Sun Prints
Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Saturday 14th August, 1:30-4 pm


Come and make magical pictures using special ‘sun print paper’.

This workshop takes inspiration from Anna Atkins (1799-1871) an English photographer and artist. She worked out a fantastic way to make images of natural plants, flowers, and algae (that means ‘seaweed’). She was the first person to illustrate a book with photographic images.

The technique was called ‘cyanotype’. You can see some of these original cyanotypes in the Gallery 3 exhibition Drink in the Beauty on until 23rd January 2022. Come and find out more about these photographs and try out this technique for yourself.

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