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Report on Visit to The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

September 14th, 2016 by Robin Rodger

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Allan Perera-Liyanage recently co-ordinated a trip for PAA Members to The Burrell Collection in Glasgow. Here is his report of the day, which appears to have been greatly enjoyed by all those who joined the trip.

PAA Members tour to Burrell Collection, Pollockshaws, Glasgow on 7th September 2016

 

The Perthshire Art Association sponsored tour of the Burrell Collection took place on Wednesday 7th September.  The coach left Broxden Park & Ride at 9.30 am.  There were 15 members signed up for the trip.  However, four had to call off on the day due to illness.  The remaining eleven members travelled in a very comfortable coach which was a 32 seater at the cost of a 16 seater, therefore the members had a choice of seating.

The Burrell collection was reached around 11.00am, and the members dispersed in their own groups, first to have a cup of coffee/tea and then to explore the collection.  Due to water leakage from the roof in parts of the building, some of the tapestries were in storage.  This did not disappoint our group as there were plenty of artefacts on display for them to enjoy.

Some of the members joined a guided tour by voluntary guides.  The members on this tour reported that it brought a whole different informed perspective to looking at the collection.

Four other PAA members and myself were hoping to join the 12.30pm tour but due to an unforeseen issue, the guide was not available to keep this schedule.  The management of the Burrell was very apologetic and offered us a tour to the bowels of the building, which stores thousands of items not on display.  This turned out to be an excellent offer.  Usually, visiting these areas, are only by prior arrangement.

We were taken round by a staff member who was very passionate about the collection and his work at the Burrell.  He showed us the new system of storing the museum quality glass, restoration areas, some very rare Persian ornaments and rugs. The endless metal walls of paintings that hang on rails were a revelation in space saving.  Some of the paintings were by the Glasgow boys, Scottish Colourists and other well-known European artists. Then he spoke to us about the complicated administration needed, just to move an artefact around the store rooms, let alone upstairs or to be loaned to a foreign museum.

We all had lunch at the ‘Café’ and later many of our members, including myself,  made use of the remaining time sketching and drawing some of the figure sculptures around the lobby area. This was very satisfying way to finish the trip.

We returned to Broxden just after 4.30pm.  The members all enjoyed the day very much and thanked the driver for a smooth journey.   Then a vote of thanks was given to the Perthshire Art Association Management Committee for sponsoring the trip.

Allan Perera-Liyanage

Tour Coordinator

Perthshire Art Association

 

And thank you Allan for suggesting and co-ordinating this trip.

 

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