Message from the Chair – 14 June 2021

Hello everyone ~

I hope you are all well as we approach Midsummer’s Day (already?) – and that it will bring more of the magic than the monsters revealed in last month’s talk!

This Wednesday, 16 June, we welcome Andrew Watson to present our final lecture of the 2020-21 programme. Originally from West Lothian, Andrew is a born-again Glaswegian whose art historical research focuses on undeservedly forgotten sons of the city. His subject for us is a case in point: ‘James Duncan of Benmore: A Remarkable Victorian Collector’ was a Glasgow industrialist who created an outstanding art gallery in the Benmore estate in Argyll. Duncan’s collection is long-since dispersed, but Andrew will bring its treasures back to light and, I am sure, tempt us to visit the glorious, still thriving, botanic garden.

Do join us for what promises to be a marvellous morning. If you have not already received the Zoom link, please get in touch at gafasmember@outlook.com. As usual, we open up from 10am for coffee and a blether before the talk starts at 10:30 prompt.

Looking ahead, I hope we will be able to meet in the Concert Hall again in September, but at time of writing that remains uncertain; the Committee is also aware that not everyone will feel comfortable attending larger-scale events in person. In order to make our lectures as widely accessible to members as possible, we are investigating the option of blended meetings held live in the Concert Hall and also relayed via Zoom. Should we be unable to meet in person, we will continue to present our programme by Zoom. Please keep an eye on this website, your email and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowFineArtsGAFAS) for information.

In the meantime, I look forward very much to seeing you on Wednesday morning!

All my best wishes,


Welcome to the Glasgow Antiques and Fine Art Society, known as GAFAS, an independent art organisation, founded in 1972, with a membership of 650. Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 10.30am, in the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, from September to June, excluding January.

Distinguished lecturers are invited from all parts of the United Kingdom, to present talks on a wide range of antique or contemporary art topics.   An Annual Outing is held in May, to visit a venue of outstanding national or international artistic importance.

New Members are very welcome, and may apply online or by post, as detailed on the ‘Become a Member’ page.


Header & footer images photographed for GAFAS from objects in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum