Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Brushes with War

Brushes with War
£5 to £7
Dates and times
21st Sep 2018 - 6th Jan 2019
Check venue opening times

Brushes with War is a powerful and emotive insight into the experience of soldiers from World War I through the drawings and paintings they created. Featuring original artworks by German, Austrian, French, Belgian, British, American, Canadian, Australian and Russian soldier-artists, the exhibition provides an authentic, uncensored account of the experience of ordinary soldiers. It offers clear glimpses into World War I through the eyes of the men who actually fought. Among the artists are those who fought in combat, were wounded in action, taken prisoner, and survived aerial dogfights.    It depicts the patriotic optimism in the early stages of war, to the hardship, monotony and dark humour of daily life in the trenches. Their perspectives are expressive yet independent of official censorship and free from the embellishment of popular propaganda. As a result, the art in this exhibition is quite distinct from the more familiar official and illustrative art of the time. The paintings and drawings by these soldier-artists, all conveyed in varying artistic styles, also capture insights, moods, ideas, and motifs missed by photographers and observers of the war.

A truly impactful exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. 

Tickets on sale end of August.

Dispatch Charges

E-tickets - Free of charge
Fulfilment Fee - £1.95

Transaction Charges apply as follows

Online up to £1.50
Phone up to £1.75
Counter/ In Person: Free

Tickets Booking Line:
0141 353 8000.
Lines open Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00 (excluding Bank Holidays). Please check opening hours over any Bank Holiday period.

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Accessibility guides

Read the accessibility guide for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on AccessAble

Further information on accessibility can be found on Euan's Guide website

View the Kelvingrove Floor Plan. Documents can be requested in Braille and large print.

Accessible toilets

The accessible toilets are available on all floors.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing loop

Hearing loop available within venue.

You can also visit our British Sign Language and International Sign Video Library here to watch a welcome video for every Glasgow Museum. 

Wheelchair access

There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.

Baby changing

Baby feeding


£2 charge - cash only.

Cafe or restaurant

KG Café

Our café is situated in the lower level of the museum with some tables positioned in the conservatory area overlooking the park.  The café is operated by table service and is licensed serving spirits, wines, and bottled beers as well as a range of soft drinks. The menu offers options for starters, mains, and desserts but also a range of handmade sandwiches for a lighter option.  Hot beverages are available as well as a range of home baking.  Dietary requirements are well catered for, including vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Where possible we work with local suppliers and capture seasonality within the menu.

KG Coffee Shop

The coffee shop situated in the main hall on the upper ground floor is a more casual option with counter service but offers a magnificent view of the main hall. The coffee shop offers a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, light bites and home baking. Dietary requirements are catered for, including vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Where possible we work with local suppliers and capture seasonality within the menu. Seating can occasionally be limited due to daytime events taking place in the hall.

Have a look at our sample menu



There are 142 parking spaces in the car park, 10 of which are for blue badge holders and 2 are for EV charging.

Payment can be made either by coins, no notes or cards, or by the RingGo phone /app.

For more information about the RingGo process, please visit the RingGo Cashless Parking page on the Glasgow City Parking website.


  • Up to 1 hour £2.50
  • 1-2 hours £5.00
  • 2-3 hours £7.50
  • 3-4 hours £7.50
  • 4-10 hours £10.00

Mon-Sun 6pm-8am, £3 flat rate.

Blue badge parking

There are designated parking spaces (10) for Blue Badge holders and parking is free with no time restriction, subject to display of a valid permit. The spaces do not have to be booked in advance. For car park enquiries please contact 0141 276 1830.

Photography and video recording

At times, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.

Free wifi

The building has free WiFi.

Access multiple language museum guides for Kelvingrove collections.

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Use Traveline Scotland to plan your visit via public transport.

Train - The closest train stations are Partick (PTK), Charing Cross (CHC) and Exhibition Centre (EXG). These stations are roughly 1 mile away from Kelvingrove.

The lines for these stations run through the Low-Level platforms, at Glasgow Central (GLC) for Partick and Exhibition Centre and Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ) for Partick and Charing Cross.

Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street are roughly 1.5 to 2 miles away from Kelvingrove.

Underground - The closest Subway station is Kelvinhall, which is roughly ½ mile away.

Bus - The bus stops at the front of Kelvingrove, on Argyle Street, have regular services from both directions. Services include:

Please note: If you are coming into Glasgow by train and planning to use a PlusBus ticket, the 100 bus and the City Sightseeing buses are not covered.

Bike Hire - The Next Bike bicycle hire scheme is also in operation around Glasgow, with locations to pick up and drop off around the city.

Car - Please note: the A814 Clydeside Expressway Westbound will be closed due to major roadworks from Monday 26 October for 6 weeks. Diversions will be in place, if you would travel via this route please allow a little extra time for your journey.

Accessibility - In case it is of use to anyone in your party, the AccessAble website has some useful accessibility information.


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