V&A Design Museum & McManus Art Gallery & Museum – May 2019
Our McPhail’s coach left Cowcaddens St at 9am on a lovely sunny morning. Thanks to everyone for arriving so promptly.
At 10.30 we were enjoying delicious scones with tea and coffee in the Function room upstairs in the magnificent V&A building on the Dundee waterfront. We had an hour to visit the intriguing Scottish Design gallery, with the famous Mackintosh Oak Room in its centre, and we had time to admire the architecture of both inside and outside the building.
Then, to the Invercarse Hotel for an excellent leisurely lunch overlooking the Tay.
By 2.15 we were at the McManus Gallery, and spent over an hour touring the wide-ranging collection of works, including the strong representation of paintings by Scottish Artists. We left at 3.40, and were back in Glasgow as scheduled at 5.30.
Very special thanks to Helen Thomson, who masterminded this hugely successful day, ably assisted by her husband, John. It was a Grand Day Out.
Social Event – April 2018
GAFAS members and guests met for a chat and some refreshments following Toby Faber’s superb talk about Antonio Stradivari. A good time was had by all!
Ardgowan House – Our 2017 Outing
The GAFAS group which visited the Ardgowan were fortunate to be given a personal tour of this historic, two hundred year old house by Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart whose knowledge and enthusiasm for his family’s history was extremely infectious. We divided into two groups and, while the first was shown round the property, the other enjoyed morning coffee with a splendid spread of sandwiches, scones and shortbread.
The Raeburn family portraits were a particular highlight and the beautiful furniture at Ardgowan has been added to over the years by successive generations of the Shaw-Stewarts. After our tour of the house there was also the opportunity to briefly admire the extensive grounds and the magnificent rhododendrons close to the house.
Scone Palace – Our 2016 Outing
The 2016 GAFAS outing was to Scone Palace and this imposing building, so long immensely important in Scottish history, did not disappoint. Even those who had visited Scone before could hardly fail to be impressed by the magnificent state rooms with their opulent collections of porcelain, ceramics and furniture. Our guides, recognising that we were an arts organisation, had gone out of their way to highlight the significance of Scone Palace’s many fine paintings.
Our visit to Perthshire ended with an excellent lunch in the Oak Room of the Huntingtower Hotel.