Lillie Art Gallery Exhibitions

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

13 April to 4 July

Hiding Places by Mhairi Muir

Escapism - the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

This exhibition of contemporary photography looks at various forms of escapism and how people use it. From the physical action of running away to the simple act of putting on a set of headphones and listening to music or gaming.  At one extreme, there is drug use, sex, and self-harm, while at the more creative end, art, music and literature.

1 June to 4 July

Milngavie Art Club Annual Exhibition

A diverse range of artworks, mediums and subjects in this popular annual exhibition, including painting, sculpture and small installations.  The exhibition provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to browse, buy or to simply watch some of our members at work.

Scots PineSaturday 13th July to Thursday 8th August

A Walk in the Woods

Turning Point Quilts textile design group, formed when a group of former textile design students decided to explore the possibilities of working together to produce Art Quilt collections based on a common theme. The present members are from disparate backgrounds, but all live in Central Scotland.

This exciting diverse exhibition will display pieces from many of the groups collections including "Trees" and "Leaves",  "Sayings", "Pattern in the Environment" "Turnings and Castings", "Song of the Clyde" plus our newest collection "Star Struck"

woman sitting at table having teaSaturday 13th July to Thursday 8th August

The Female Gaze

Portraits of women by female artists from the Lillie Collection

Image: ‘Closed Curtains’ – Lesley Banks

north seaSaturday 17th August to Thursday 19th September

Michael Durning PPAI, PAI, RSW

A Retrospective

Following a Scottish tradition, ‘the sense of place’ has been a fascination for Scottish artists; Michael Durning takes the chance to look back over 25 years as a painter.

Absorbed by the historic environment, he sees that buildings act as indicators of our culture. He finds a stark beauty in the monuments of our past, often in the destruction of architecture, industry and sites of historic importance. He also finds fascinating the broken monumentality of mountains, geographical formations scoured by weather systems and often given architectural names.

On show are early paintings inspired by sites in East Dunbartonshire, and a wealth of imagery from Glasgow. Periods of study abroad depict France and Italy, culminating in his latest paintings from Japan after winning the “W Gordon Smith and Jay Gordonsmith Award” in 2018.

trees and woodlandSaturday 17th August to Thursday 19th September

Land and Earth

Paintings and pottery from the Lillie Collection

Image: ‘Landscape’ – George Leslie Hunter

image of lady leaning against rock at the seaSaturday 28th September to Thursday 31st October

Glasgow Society of Women Artists

This hugely popular annual exhibition includes exciting new work by the long

established, multi-talented Glasgow Society of Women Artists. From traditional to

dynamic abstract works in a wide range of mediums


Image: ‘One fine day" Oil on Canvas Catherine King

Saturday 28th September to Thursday 31st October

Notes from the Wood by Barbara Sellars

From Mugdock Wood to the oak woods by Loch Lomond to a small pocket of temperate rainforest on Mull, this collection of images was made over a period of 4 years. The images reflect what caught my eye: curious forms, fleeting impressions, seasonal change and a sense of the intrinsic grace and beauty of the wood. Underlying them is a long- time fascination with the woodland realm, both real and imaginary.

Image: ‘Sallochy Twighlight’

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.