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19 Jun 2018

Doors open on new Pollok Gallery

Three people stand next to each other in a room with lots of framed photographs on the wall. On the left is a smiling young woman; in the middle is an older man with black rimmed glasses; and on the right is a tall, smiling man in a suit.
Operations Manager Karen Cornfield (L) and Chief Executive Simon Skinner (R) welcome Harry Benson to Pollok House.
We’re adding to Glasgow’s vibrant art scene by transforming empty space at Pollok House into a new gallery.

| Update 20/11/23: Pollok House closed on 20 November 2023 for approximately two years to facilitate the second phase of a £4 million programme of investment led by Glasgow City Council. |

The inaugural exhibition celebrates the work of one of the world’s best-known photographers - Glasgow-born photo-journalist Harry Benson CBE.

Harry Benson: From Glasgow to America will take place until the end of the year and is being shown in areas of Pollok House that were previously inaccessible to the public. Former staff accommodation areas have been transformed into gallery space, which will be used for temporary exhibitions of art, history and stories about Pollok House. The project received grant funding from Museums Galleries Scotland and the Foyle Foundation.

Harry Benson first travelled to the USA with The Beatles in 1964, during their inaugural tour of the country. His pictures have since appeared in Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, while he has also taken more than 100 cover shots for People magazine.

An older man signs the front page of a book, whilst sitting at a highly polished table. Behind him are book shelves filled with old books.
Harry Benson CBE

During his illustrious career, Harry has chronicled some of the most important moments in modern history. He has photographed every US President from Eisenhower to Donald Trump, was feet away from Senator Bobby Kennedy the night he was assassinated, was in the room with President Richard Nixon when he resigned, witnessed the Berlin Wall being built and taken down, and was on the Civil Rights James Meredith March with Martin Luther King Jr.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this for the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.