Exhibitions at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

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The Castlemilk LadsWaiting for the Magic – The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli

29 January – 2 May

An exhibition of work by one of Scotland’s most notable documentary photographers.

Marzaroli’s photographs and films of Glasgow from the 1950s through to the 1980s capture a period of enormous change with images of people going about their lives in the city, at work and at leisure. Many of the black and white images depict children playing in the streets, and many simply capture the city in bygone days.

Some of his most well-known images detail Glasgow’s Gorbals community in the 1960s. Many of Marzaroli’s photographs of Glasgow are instantly recognisable, such as ‘The Castlemilk Lads’ or ‘The Golden Haired Lass’.

An extensive range of subject matter is embraced across the broad themes of People and Places and The Gorbals, with sections devoted to Industry and Rural Scotland, as well as some of the personalities he captured. The exhibition also features images of Ravenscraig Steelworks in its heyday.

This is a Street Level Photoworks touring exhibition. All images in the exhibition are part of The Marzaroli Collection.

Delve into our weekend and holiday programme for a selection of themed children and family activities, including traditional street games, photography fun, and black and white arts and crafts.

School groups welcome.


moonThe Moon- Discover our nearest neighbour

21 May – 13 August

 Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very last person to walk on the moon.

Humans have gazed up at the Moon for millennia – now you can come a little closer to our nearest neighbour with this stunning exhibition. See real Moon rock, discover the science and mythology behind our nearest neighbour; re-live historic moments in lunar discovery and exploration; and discover 5,000 years of mankind’s fascination with our celestial neighbour, from the Stone Age to the Space Age.

Did you know a Russian robot landed on the Moon before the American astronauts? Have you ever wondered why a cow jumped over the Moon in nursery rhyme? Does moonlight really make you go mad? Discover all this and more in this fascinating exhibition suitable for all ages.

A national touring exhibition by Bespoke Scientific.

Join us for a summer of family fun, learning about the moon and outer space. Look out for our summer programme of space themed events, crafts, and science activities.

School groups welcome.


Postal Art Project“Whoa… yeah, wait a minute Mr Postman”

3 September – 29 October

 North Lanarkshire Arts is delighted to present an exhibition showcasing some of the fantastic work produced as part of the Postal Art Project. This innovative and creative project took place in the Autumn/Winter of 2021 as a direct response to Covid-19 and the effect of the ongoing pandemic within North Lanarkshire.

The aim of the project was to bring creative activity to the community, which was interesting, thoughtful, inspiring, and accessible, especially to those who were more vulnerable and who may not have been able to easily participate in local arts activity.

Several themes surfaced because of the artist/participant interaction, care in the community, the NHS, ageing, isolation and loneliness, empathy and generosity, family, and friends. We hope that this exhibition is as thought provoking and engaging for viewers as the project was for all of those directly involved. We think the resulting work speaks volumes on a time in history no-one is likely to forget.


Mr ChristmasWinter Tales

26 November – 28 January 2023

An enchanting winter exhibition for families and younger visitors; featuring illuminated play boxes, a chance to dress up and drive a big wooden steam train, and find some pesky mice hiding in the exhibition. In the lead up to Christmas pre-booked groups will have the chance to visit Mr Christmas and there will be seasonal storytelling and Christmas craft sessions.

Contact the learning team for more information about workshops and activities.