THE GLASGOW SCHOOL - the Glasgow Style and Beyond

25th-28th April 2023


In the 1970s and early 1980s, Glasgow had a very different vibe from that which exists today. High rates of unemployment and culinary crimes such as the deep-fried Mars bars were just two of the reasons it hit the headlines.

In 1983, Glasgow announced it would transform itself through culture. And indeed, Glasgow was named a European Capital of Culture in 1990, a UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999, and a UNESCO City of Music in 2008. And in 2021, Glasgow topped the Condé Nast list of best cities to visit.



Led by Doug and Valda


We have based ourselves at the centrally located ABode Hotel. A beautiful building with a stunning and newly refurbished interior.

We will have no trouble finding inspiration - some of the locations we plan to visit include the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral, some urban grunge from the Victorian age of rail and of course some of the finest examples of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the UK, Glasgow is a beautiful melting pot of culture and creativity, located on the banks of the River Clyde, and its people offer the kind of warmth and charm that make it one of the friendliest places in the world.  

For such a small city, Glasgow has bestowed a vast number of treasures upon the world. The architecture is some of the finest created throughout history right through to the modern day. Contemporary architects continue to create works of art unlike anything seen before.

THE WORKSHOP WILL COMMENCE AT 10am on 25th April and finish around 15.00 on the 28th April


This tour is fully inclusive. We have debated long and hard about the wisdom of pricing tours to include all food, soft drinks, teas, coffees and wine with dinner. It undoubtedly penalises those who eat little and/or don't drink, however, weighing against that is the issue of splitting bills with its attendant embarrassment and undoubted inconvenience. If 10 people have to divide a restaurant bill and each pay separately, a task that should take a couple of minutes, can stretch to half an hour. If that happens twice a day, then, it becomes apparent that the amount of shooting time relinquished is significant. And that doesn't factor in stops for tea and coffee. Therefore, we feel this is the best approach.

Single standard room £2,175 - Fully Booked

Single deluxe room    £2,265 - Fully Booked


Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.


Three nights single room accommodation at the ABode Hotel, Glasgow, a luxurious Georgian townhouse in the middle of the city.

Two categories of room - a photo of each can be seen under the tab marked 'accommodation'.

All lunches, evening meals with wine, teas, coffees etc

Transport around the city when required. A celebratory afternoon tea with bubbles at the famous Mackintosh at the Willow Tea Rooms. To be taken in the Salon de Luxe where we will have exclusive use.

A private bespoke tour at the Kelvingrove Art Museum that focusses on the Glasgow Boys

Extensive PDF covering some of the history of art and architecture in Glasgow together with processing videos and technique instruction.

Follow up two hour Zoom session with the group in order that we can view each others work - offer critique and praise and help with any processing ideas.

Tuition from Doug and Valda

Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance, alcohol other than wine.

Fitness level - moderate. Some walking. Many coffee stops when the weather is cold and our creative juices run dry.

Average temperature  High 11° - Low 5°



An upscale hotel in an Edwardian townhouse dating from 1829, just 2 miles from the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and a 5-minute walk from the Mackintosh Trail.

Offering character, comfort and luxury combined, many rooms have oak panelling, baths with traditional claw feet and/or stained glass windows. Upgraded room top left, standard room bottom right.


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