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Colour and Life: Joan Eardley and the Children of Townhead

A small display of drawings of children from the Townhead area of Glasgow by Joan Eardley that demonstrate the artist’s ability to capture character and the vibrancy and optimism of childhood through colour, in the face of poverty. 

Eardley moved to Glasgow at the outbreak of World War II. She began drawing in Townhead in the east end of the city in the late 1940s, describing it as ‘the living part of Glasgow where the people are’. From 1953 she rented an old photographer’s studio on St James Road. Living there, she developed strong relationships with the local children, who would pose for her. 




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  • Date 1st Jul - 5th Dec 2017
  • Time See venue opening hours
  • Age range All ages
  • Admission Free - Drop-in - no ticket required

Venue Information

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

695, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

Get directions

Tel: 0141 276 9599

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Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Access Information

Wheelchair access: Yes

Disabled toilet facilities: Yes

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