Transport and Art in Glasgow

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This is the last weekend when you can visit the Museum of Transport in Glasgow. It closes at he end of tomorrow after 46 years sitting on the site of the old Coplawhill tramworks which closed in 1962. Now begins the task of transferring the exhibits to the new Riverside Museum which opens next Spring. All through this weekend there are plenty of activities and even trips on some of the classic buses of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust.
Tomorrow, the final day, has been given a carnival atmosphere when there will music, dance and comedy alongside the exhibits. The events kick off at 11am on Sunday and runs till 4.30pm. With a good weather forecast over this weekend, this is ideal place to visit with its combination of indoor and outside activities. The Riverside is still running its appeal to complete the raising of the funds it needs. More information is to be found at www.riversideappeal.org.
But as one thing ends another starts. The Glasgow International Festival opened its doors yesterday, 16th April and runs until the 3rd May. Happening only every two years, there are over 46 different exhibitions of local and international art throughout the city as well as talks and tours. Go to www.glasgowinternational.org for a full list of what is available.
The big exhibition (about 140 works gathered from around the world) on in Glasgow at the moment is at the Kelvingrove. This is about the Glasgow Boys, those painters at the turn of the last century who inspired such feelings about how art in and by artists was viewed. (A smaller version then transfers to the Royal Academy in London at the end of October.) Not for 42 years has there been such an ambitious show about them so even the BBC has become involved and there will be a documentary about them.

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