Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

The Hunterian Art Gallery

An image of a single sculpted figure by Cathy Wilkes in a gallery
An image of three sculpted figures by Cathy Wilkes installed in a gallery space.
A work of art, featuring an off white canvas with a line of different coloured squares stacked up to the mid point of the canvas.

The oldest public museum in Scotland, with collections spanning arts, sciences and humanities, The Hunterian is at the forefront of university museums around the world. Since it opened at the University of Glasgow in 1807, The Hunterian has been an invaluable academic and community resource. It is committed to becoming a more meaningful place for more diverse audiences.


The Hunterian collection’s historic foundation is a repository of knowledge that materialises the problematic history of modern Western society and its fundamentally colonial and capitalist underpinnings. Taking this as a point of departure and critical reflection, The Hunterian’s contemporary art programme seeks to interrogate the institution’s genealogy, and to introduce different perspectives into its spaces.


Working with a wide range of artists on acquisitions, commissions, exhibitions and events, our contemporary art programme allows The Hunterian to find new ways of using our historic collections to understand the world today.