What's On


Our Local History Week 2019 programme is now available for download. Organised by East Dunbartonshire Libraries, the annual event runs from Saturday 2 March until Saturday 9 March, and features exhibitions and activities celebrating East Dunbartonshire's rich history.

Tickets for most bookable events can be booked on Eventbrite or see the brochure for more details.

For more information please email libraries@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 777 3142.

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Our January to March 2019 What's On brochure is now available in libraries and other local community venues, but  you can  follow the What's On link to take a look at a digital copy right now and see the range of events and activities taking place in libraries, arts and heritage in East Dunbartonshire over the next few months.

Our events and activities can be booked online through Horizons or Eventbrite” 

If you would like to go on our mailing list and have your own copy posted or emailed to you, just fill in one of our Mailing list forms and hand it in to your local library or email libraries@eastdunbarton.gov.uk(link sends e-mail)


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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.


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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.’


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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.

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