One of the oldest-established, independent Art Galleries
and Museums' Friends organisations in the UK
One of the oldest-established, independent Art Galleries and Museums' Friends organisations in the UK
Originally known as Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums Association (GAGMA), Friends of Glasgow Museums was founded in 1944 by Dr Tom Honeyman, the visionary Director of Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums from 1939-1954.
During his tenure as Director, Tom Honeyman brought numerous world-class works to Glasgow’s collections, the most famous being Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross. With his keen eye and astute bargaining skills, he acquired not only one of the most important collections of 19th and 20th Century French paintings in the UK, but also secured for the city many significant works of the Glasgow School (which were at that time yet to be fully appreciated).
In June 2021, the Friends moved from their base at Kelvingrove in Glasgow’s West End, to beautiful new premises at The Glasgow Art Club. The Friends share many long-standing connections with the Art Club, and it feels particularly fitting that a portrait of prominent Art Club Member and Founder of the Friends Tom Honeyman hangs on the wall of 185 Bath Street to this day.