The Roger Billcliffe Gallery is Scotland’s largest private gallery, occupying five floors of an early 19th century building in the heart of Glasgow.
The Gallery opened in 1992, taking over the building formerly occupied by the Fine Art Society plc where Roger Billcliffe had been Director since 1979. The Gallery now specialises in exhibiting the best of Scottish contemporary and 20th century painting and also displays a wide range of contemporary applied arts – ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, silver and glass.
Exhibitions change monthly and are primarily solo shows although group exhibitions are usually presented during the summer months. The Gallery represents many of Scotland’s leading painters including Duncan Shanks, David Martin, Gordon K. Mitchell, Christine McArthur, James D. Robertson, Mary Armour, David Donaldson, John Bellany, Glen Scouller, John Boyd, George Devlin, Ethel Walker, James McNaught, Sandy Murphy, Ronald F. Smith and James Fullarton as well as supporting younger artists such as Sam Cartman, Martin Hill, Mhairi McGregor, Saul Robertson, Sheila McInnes, Ruth Brownlee, Sarah Carrington, Matthew Draper, David Rae, Paul Kennedy and our very own Michael Corsar.
The Roger Billcliffe Gallery is a Craft Council selected gallery. Contemporary UK and European designers include Alan Craxford, Lilian Busch, Sabine Konig, Liz Tyler, Kalki Mansel, Archie McCall, Chris Carter, Kevin O’ Dwyer, Sue Lewis, Sue Tyler, Stella Campion, Karen Westland and Miriam Hanid.
The Roger Billcliffe Gallery is a participant in the Scottish Arts Council’s “Own Art” interest free loan scheme for loans up to £2,500.
In addition, Roger Billcliffe’s own interests in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists, on whom he has published widely, are reflected in the many private and public sales and consultancies which the Gallery undertakes.
Valuations and Restoration
The Gallery also undertakes valuations, restoration and framing and is able to act as adviser to individual and corporate collectors on the development of their collections.
The Gallery has an outstanding reputation for organising unique corporate commissions of paintings and important design pieces. Corporate clients include Scottish Power, Unilever, Highland Park, Clydesdale Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Fleming’s, and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Roger Billcliffe opened his Gallery in Glasgow in 1992 acquiring his premises from The Fine Art Society where he had been a Director since 1979, responsible for the Society’s two Scottish Galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Prior to that he was in charge of the Art Collections at the University of Glasgow, from 1969-77 and was also Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery from 1977-79.
Roger Billcliffe has published widely on Scottish Art of the last hundred years. His books include the standard work on the Glasgow Boys (Frances Lincoln, 2008), The Scottish Colourists (John Murray, London, 1989) and several works on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the architecture and decorative arts of Glasgow at the turn of the century. These include Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs (Cameron & Hollis, 4th edition, 2010); Mackintosh Watercolours (John Murray, London 1978); Mackintosh Textile Designs (Pomegranate, San Francisco 1992) and Mackintosh Furniture (Cameron and Hollis, Moffat 1990).
Lynn Park joined the gallery in 1994 and has special responsibility for our applied arts exhibitions programme. She has established the gallery as a permanent showcase for the very best in British, and more recently international, contemporary decorative arts.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art she is also well established as a maker in her own right, specialising in metalwork for both the table and architectural environments.
Michael Corsar trained as a painter at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1996.
He joined the Roger Billcliffe team in 1998 and became a Director in 2005. He is responsible for the exhibition programme in Gallery 2, introducing younger artists to the gallery, and much of our advertising and catalogue artwork.
In addition to working in the gallery full-time Michael is also a successful practising artist exhibiting throughout the UK and America.