Art in the park offers something old and new

The new heritage centre explores the history of Bellahouston and Govan parish.
The new heritage centre explores the history of Bellahouston and Govan parish.

History and art are coming together in new ways at the House for an Art Lover as the Bellahouston attraction unveils the latest phase of its ART PARK development.

The new Studio Pavilion, next to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed-house, will offer space for artists to showcase their work, while a dedicated studio provides creative education strands for both adults and children.

Designed by ZM architecture, the pavilion draws on Mackintosh influences and Japanese teahouse designs.

Meanwhile, the ART PARK Heritage Centre — housed in original stables and dovecote buildings — will allow visitors to delve into the history of Bellahouston and the ancient parish of Govan, covering the shipbuilding years and featuring original footage of the Empire Exhibition of 1938, when 12.5 million people visited the Bellahouston Park.

Garry Sanderson, chief executive at House for an Art Lover, said: “We are immensely proud to be opening our new Studio Pavilion and ART PARK Centre for Arts and Heritage in a year that is very important for Glasgow.

“The buildings are stunning and will provide a great resource for visiting artists, artists in residence and members of the public who attend our art classes.”

He added: “Having the research project in the heritage centre will allow us to engage with the community and visitors from around the world who want to learn more about the amazing story of our city.”

Artist in residence, sculptor Kenny Hunter, presents his GENERATION show as the inaugural exhibition, free and running throughout the Commonwealth Games.