Want to get to know your new home city but spent all your student loan during freshers? Determined not to stay in the West End bubble for your four years at uni? Check out qmunicate’s list of just some of the free-entry venues scattered around other parts of this lovely city, all easily accessible by foot, bike, or public transport from the West End.
GoMA proudly stands just off George Square at the edge of Merchant City, full of contemporary exhibitions that are changed seasonally. Wandering through the large sculpture hall on the ground floor, you often hear fellow visitors whisper to their pal “I don’t get it?” but don’t let that put you off snapping a few slick Insta-pics to show off to your friends back home your new cultured, arty Glasgow lifestyle.
People’s Palace (and Winter Gardens)
People’s Palace displays the city’s social history from 1750 right up until the end of the 20th century: located in the sprawling infamous Glasgow Green where TRNSMT was held this past summer, the Palace offers up a lovely day out on the edge of the East End, with some education into how the Glaswegians before us lived. In the Winter Gardens next door resides an alternative botanic garden to our own here in the West End, in which you can grab some lunch or coffee in the oldest public space in Glasgow.
Glasgow Women’s Library
Just around the corner from Bridgeton train station, GWL is more than just a library: they also provide services and programmes to thousands of women across Scotland, and exhibit artefacts and archives collected by the organisation. You can actually volunteer to work with and help at the library as they take on 80+ volunteers per year, offering specialised learning and an opportunity to delve into their collections. The library has so many events on all the time so even if you don’t want to volunteer or just wander around the building, you can take part in a numerous amount of workshops, walks, and exhibitions.
On Sauchiehall street not far from the West End, beside GSA, is the Centre of Contemporary Arts. A beautiful building hidden behind a somewhat deceptive storefront, the centre has so much to offer! An independent gift shop, bookshop, café/bar, changing exhibition space, and plenty of other rooms to explore. With a far-reaching programme throughout the year, CCA is always worth a wee visit on your walk into the city centre.
If visual art is your thing, then Tramway is definitely the place to be. An industrial-esque international art space located near Pollokshields East station, Tramway showcases a huge variety of contemporary visual art, from performance pieces to film and theatre. Tickets are normally pretty cheap, and you can get a concession price if you’re a student! Nearby you’ll also find The Hidden Gardens, a super cool public greenspace and community development organisation, which aims to promote diversity and encourage education about different faiths and cultures.
House for an Art Lover
Located in Bellahouston Park, House for an Art Lover is a haven of culture. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh over 100 years ago as a country retreat, the house perfectly preserves the well-known style of the Glaswegian artist, now housing an art gallery and exhibition space alongside artists’ studios and a cute vegan-friendly café with an eclectic array of dishes to try. While you’re there make sure to also explore the rest of Bellahouston Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest public parks – the sculpture garden and the Garden for a Plant Collector are not to be missed!
[Katie Athwal – @kxthwl]