Photographer Mary McCartney calls in on her mother’s exhibition at Kelvingrove

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The daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney has visited her mother’s retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Mary McCartney said the visit was “a poignant experience”.

It was the first time she had seen the collection in Glasgow.

The photographs hold special memories for Mary

The hugely popular retrospective is heading into its last days and closes on Sunday.

The public is being urged to take the opportunity to catch the show before it moves on to Liverpool.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective, is curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.


More than 57,000 people have viewed the photographic exhibition since it opened in July.

Mary said: “I never tire of seeing my mum’s work as it has been a constant source of inspiration for my own photography.

“Seeing it for the first time at Kelvingrove in Glasgow, however, was such a poignant experience for me.

“The way the work presents itself in such an extraordinary building and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff has made it such a special memory for me.”

Paul McCartney
One of the photographs on show: Paul. Glasgow, 1970

Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life and deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Linda McCartney Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been very warmly received.

“We were delighted to be the first venue in the UK to show this exhibition and I would encourage anyone keen to see the show to come along this week before it closes, ahead of its move to Liverpool later this year.

“We are very grateful to Paul McCartney for his generous donation of 14 prints to Glasgow Museums, this tangible legacy ensures the people of Glasgow and beyond can continue to enjoy Linda’s work for generations to come.”

The Linda McCartney Retrospective features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s, along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed and prolific photographer.

Themes of the exhibition include The Sixties, Family Life, Self Portraits, Animals and Nature, People & Places, Making the Magic, and Scotland.

Mary McCartney
Mary said it was a poignant feeling seeing the exhibition for the first time

Fiona Hayes, curator of social history with Glasgow Museums, said: “The feedback we’ve received from people viewing the retrospective has been incredibly positive.

“Visitors have delighted in Linda’s talents as a photographer who had a flair for capturing popular culture in the 1960s, but moreover as a mother who clearly adored her family and someone who appreciated the raw beauty of the Scottish landscape.

“We’re expecting this week to be busy, as people take advantage of the only opportunity to see the show on Scottish soil.”

Paul McCartney has donated a set of limited edition photographs by his late wife Linda McCartney to Glasgow Museums.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective will open at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on 25 April 2020.

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