Lillie Art Gallery Exhibitions

There are excellent exhibitions well worth seeing at the Lillie Art Gallery over the next couple of months.

Ally Thompson – A Life in Paint

12 January – 21 February, Lillie Art Gallery

Ally Thompson (1955 – 2016) was one of the golden generation of figurative painters associated with the ‘New Glasgow Boys’ who studied at Glasgow School of Art.  Ally’s surreal view of the world was vibrant, disturbing and inhabited by angels and demons.  The environs of Milngavie, where Ally lived, inspired several of his landscapes.  This exhibition has been curated by Ally’s brother, Douglas Thompson.

Steven Berkoff : Gorbals 1966

2 March – 4 April 2019, Lillie Art Gallery


This body of work covers a period in the Autumn of 1966, when Berkoff was an actor with the Citizens Theatre. In the days he had off from acting, he would be out exploring with his camera, using that time to photograph the environment around The Citizens.  He was fascinated by the appalling decay of the Gorbals, which was waiting for the iron ball of the demolition workers.  These photographs capture most of it just in time.  Like many photographers, he was drawn to slums and decay, ‘because these are the areas in which I was brought up.’

Young People’s Art 2019: In Conversation With 

16 March – 4 April, Lillie Art Gallery

This year’s annual exhibition will showcase selected works by both Saturday art classes at Lillie Art Gallery and Auld Kirk Museum. Students have been inspired by East Dunbartonshire’s permanent collection and Archives. Getting a rare opportunity to see what's under lock and key within the gallery and archive stores. A highlight show for families and young people in East Dunbartonshire. 

The annual exhibition allows the young people of East Dunbartonshire a professional exhibition setting and platform to highlight their views, aspirations and talents through creativity.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday

10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Please note: The Lillie Art Gallery may be closed for installation or de-installation of exhibitions. Please telephone the gallery on 0141 956 5536 to check opening times if visiting the museum outwith exhibition dates.