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The Glasgow Boys and Girls Virtual Exhibition

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Edward Atkinson Hornel, Children at Play, c. 1893. The Fleming Collection.

The Fleming Collection are thrilled to announce the launch of The Glasgow Boys and Girls, a virtual exhibition curated by the Fleming Collection and hosted by Art UK.

The Glasgow Boys and Girls were a group of radical young artists who rebelled against the jaded Victorian passion for highland scenes and story-telling pictures. They sprang to prominence in the 1880s as documentary painters of rural life in all its harsh reality. 

The exhibition is one of the first to be showcased through Art UK's Curations, a new tool launched in conjunction with International Museum Day that allows any member of the public to curate their own exhibition, providing access to the nation's public collections stored on Art UK.

Flora Macdonald Reid, Fieldworkers, c.1884.

To hang alongside highlights from our own collection, we have selected other stand out pieces from public collections including the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, Glasgow Museums and the National Museums of Northern Ireland. The virtual display is a forerunner to an exhibition curated by the Fleming Collection that is to be staged at the Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed later in the summer. Details of this will be announced in the coming months.

We invite you to spend the time exploring the work of the Glasgow Boys and Girls, learning of E A Walton, John Lavery and Bessie MacNicol amongst others, from the comfort of your home. Visit the Curation here.