Glasgow’s Best Offbeat Happenings for Arts Lovers
Glasgow is undoubtedly the matriarch of Scotland’s artistic offspring. Clad in squeaky Doc Martins, red lipstick and tortoise shell glasses, she cradles the frenzied frolics of her capricious creatives like a grunged-out grandmother, rocking us to sleep with the sweet sounds of basement raves and string quartets. And unlike other grandmothers, she’s pretty liberal when it comes to people getting naked and messing around with charcoal in her living room. So if you’re partial to the odd life drawing class, or if you feel the most zen when belting out ‘Roxanne’ in your local theatre group, then you’ll be jazzed to take a detour from traditional pastimes and have a swatch at Glasgow’s best offbeat happenings for arts lovers.
Improve your sketching skills at All The Young Nudes
Complete with bangin’ tunes and beer on tap, All the Young Nude’s life drawing elevates your traditional art classes with a bohemian vibe. Set in Sloan’s Grand Ballroom, with its ornate walls and shiny wooden floors, you’d think to stare at a naked stranger and gingerly drawing their balls would be an intimidating experience. But these classes are in fact super relaxed, with folks from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. So if you’re keen to harness your craft (drunk or sober) then All The Young Nudes will help in facilitating your Da Vinci dreams.
When: Every Monday 8pm-10pm.
Where: Sloans, 62, Argyll Arcade, 108 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8BG.
Have a jam with Bloc’s Blochestra
For anyone who’s familiar with the dark petite beauty that is Bath Street’s Bloc, you’ll be aware of their eclectic taste in music and the phenomenal gigs that they showcase in their raucous but intimate venue. If you’re a music lover that relishes the stage as well as being an avid spectator, Bloc’s bi-monthly Blochestra is guaranteed to spark your musical charge. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro in navigating the musical hemisphere, Blochestra encourages everyone to get their drumsticks dirty and make some spicy sounds.
When: 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, 8pm-11pm
Where: Bloc, 117 Bath St, Glasgow G2 2SZ.
Listen to some local talent at Nice n’ Sleazy’s Open Mic
Since 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nice n’ Sleazy’s open mic night, it would be rude not to include this prominent gem in our arts lovers line up. Set in their ruby-lit, dry-iced basement, Sleazy’s open mic is a unique representation of Glasgow’s budding musicians and the gifted guys and gals that govern the city’s outstanding live music scene. Ideal for those who appreciate acoustics and a capella.
When: Every Monday, 8pm-11pm
Where: Nice n’ Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG.
Improve your penmanship at CCA
Consider yourself a wordsmith? The why not wield your quill and combat your writing rivals at the Contemporary Centre for Arts’ screenwriting, poetry and reading groups. There are also regular talks and events from the crème de la crème in the industry as well as writing showcases and book launch events.
When: Weekly Writing, Talks & Events.
Where: CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD.
Take a jaunt through the architecture of Charles Rennie Macintosh
Following the captivating creations of Glasgow’s own architectural artisan, the Macintosh walking tour takes the art lover on a journey through the nebulous universe of Art Nouveau and both the completed and unrealised designs of one of the world’s most prolific and renowned artists. A ticket nabs you entry to a myriad of museums and art houses including House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston Park, the Hunterian Gallery and the Lighthouse.
Cost: Adult £19.50 | Senior £16.00 | Student £16.00 | Under 18 £9.75 | Under 5 free.
When: 1 April – 30 September, Friday-Monday, 1.30pm-3.45pm | October 2017 & March 2018 Saturdays, 1.30pm-3.45pm.
Where: Mackintosh Visitor Centre and Shop, 164 Renfrew Street.
Marvel at the crafty world of puppets at Mitchell Library
Created by John M. Blundell, The World Through Wooden Eyes is a fascinating insight into the realm of puppet theatre and mask design. The collection includes info on ancient puppet making practices and one of a kind piece and performances. Workshops are also available in puppet making, paper sculpture, design and woodcarving.
When: Tues-Thurs, 1pm-530pm.
Where: Mitchell Library, North Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow, G3 7DN