A day out at the Gallery of Modern Art

Since moving to Stockbridge last year, almost every (dry) Sunday has included a walk around the market. But today I didn't fancy that. I didn't fancy dodging dogs or crowds or long queues for gyozas - despite the temptation! I wanted to do something a bit different, something a bit more peaceful.

I decided to bask in the unexpected sunshine and dander along to the Gallery of Modern Art. According to Google it was only a 20-minute walk from me - ideal!

It is only as I approach the Modern One building that I realise I have never visited before! I’m greeted by a large sign on the facade reading 'EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT' - ignoring the blister forming on my heel, I smile in agreement.

Entering the back of Modern One, through the buzzing, sunny café terrace, I’m soon met by a friendly member of staff who lets us know what’s on – almost everything is FREE! My inner child skips straight to the gift shop to admire the multitude of unique pieces celebrating Scottish design. I then make my way to appreciate the range of striking artwork on display. 

The cafe terrace at Modern One
The shop at Modern One

Upstairs at Modern One is a display of modern and contemporary masterpieces, whilst below there is currently showing the fab NOW exhibition. One of my favourite artworks was 'List of names (random)' that fills an entire stairwell – here you can challenge yourself to find the name of someone you know, or even your own!

And the beautiful visions are not reserved to the gallery interiors – the grounds outside also contain world-class sculptures.

If like me you’re into Instagram, you should definitely make your way across the road to Modern Two and join the queue of people photographing the 'THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE' sculpture – a surefire way to earn some social media brownie points!

List of Names (Random) by Douglas Gordon http://ow.ly/lPec50xQbhp
Modern Two lawn © Keith Hunter

Inside Modern Two, the striking Paula Rego exhibition is a must see. Spread across the entire building, this show takes you on a journey paying homage to her incredible work. But, be quick - it's only on display until April 2020!

To make the most of the sunshine, I ended the day by wandering back into town and found myself enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine. As they say, 'a Sunday well spent brings a week of content!' 

By Caoilfhionn McMonagle, @wearwhatworks, 8 January 2020