On a damp Friday 13th morning 46 Shropshire Art Society members and friends set off for Edinburgh with its splendid galleries and many other cultural delights. A lunch break at Carlisle allowed us to visit Tullie House Museum and Gallery, where we had the opportunity to view the challenging work of Anselm Kiefer. Then by 5.30pm we were approaching our centrally based Mercure Hotel on Princes Street, ready to enjoy a relaxing evening.
A cool but dry Saturday and Sunday were used to explore the city and its many attractions: The Scottish National Gallery, The Royal Scottish Academy, The National Gallery of Modern Art, The Fruit Market and perhaps for some, the highlight, The National Portrait Gallery, which was showing the winning entries in the 2014 BP National Portrait Competition. A rich diet!
On Monday morning we headed for The Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery in Glasgow, that treasure-house of Scottish Art and artefacts, where again we were stunned by the work of the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. After lunch we turned for Shrewsbury, breaking our journey at the impressive Tebay Motorway Services. Disembarking just before 9.00pm, it was generally agreed to have been another excellent Art Society Gallery Weekend.
A huge thank you to Alan Townsend for organising such a splendid trip!