The Maclaurin Festival

9th November 2014 - February 2015

Celebrating 35 years building one of the finest collections of 20th & 21st Century Art in Scotland

For the first time ever the entire Maclaurin Collection will be on display in the Maclaurin Gallery and Rozelle House.

Every painting, sculpture, drawing and print purchased since its inception in 1976.


Exhibition Programme 2014

Maclaurin Art Gallery

The Maclaurin Collection
11th - 26th January

For January, an exhibition on the theme of colour with a selection from the Maclaurin Collection of paintings, prints and drawings by national and international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely and Alan Davie.

Terry Frost, Mars Red, Black and White (1961) Alan Davie, Mystical Landscape with Snake Mask (1987)
Terry Frost Mars Red, Black and White (1961) Alan Davie Mystical Landscape with Snake Mask (1987)

Both paintings are in The Maclaurin Collection

2014 Maclaurin Art Exhibition
Primary and Nursery Schools
2nd February - 2nd March

The Maclaurin Art Exhibition supports the creativity of pupils in Primary and Nursery schools in South Ayrshire, showcasing a diverse display of art work and ideas from pre-5 to 12 year olds, featuring the Maclaurin Awards.

Emma Baird, age 12, Prestwick Academy - Self Portrait Gregor Fowler, age 4, Gardenrose Nursery, Maybole - Fire Engine Sarah Fyfe, age 5, Glenburn Primary, Prestwick - Sunflowers
Emma Baird, age 12
Prestwick Academy
Self Portrait
Gregor Fowler, age 4
Gardenrose Nursery, Maybole
Fire Engine
Sarah Fyfe, age 5
Glenburn Primary, Prestwick

Ayr Art Circle
Members’ Exhibition
16th February - 16th March

Members of Ayr Art Circle present a selection of recent work for sale, featuring local scenes, portrait and still life studies.

Glasgow Society of Women Artists
Members’ Exhibition
9th March - 6th April

The Maclaurin Art Gallery welcomes the first exhibition of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists. The GSWA has a membership of 151 women artists working in painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile art and jewellery and members will show a variety of recent work for sale.

Dronma, Near Malin Head
Dronma Near Malin Head

Ayr Photographic Society
23rd March - 21st April

Founded in 1905, Ayr Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic clubs in Scotland.  From beginners to professional photographers, its members showcase a variety of images depicting landscapes and portraits and capturing events and special moments.

13th April - 11th May

Looking at the art of sculpture, its aesthetic form and statement through different materials of stone, metal, wood and found objects, by artists such as George Wyllie, Gavin Scobie and invited contemporary sculptors.

George Wyllie, Crystal Ship
George Wyllie Crystal Ship

Open Studios Ayrshire
26th April - 11th May

The Maclaurin Art Gallery will provide studio space to support the 2014 Open Studios Ayrshire Event by showcasing the work of members associated with the OSA group. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet the artists and makers, view their work and see the processes of their art and craft over the open studios weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April.

Cultural Connections

Major Jewish Exhibition

Judah Passow
Photographic Exhibition
13th July - 7th September

This internationally acclaimed photographer’s work captures contemporary Jewish life in his signature black and white.

Whisky Barrels
Whisky Barrels

Cultural Connections
Benno Schotz & contemporaries
27th July - 22nd September

Hannah Frank
Drawings & Sculptures
27th July - 22nd September

Her black and white drawings reminiscent of the style of Aubrey Beardsley will be familiar to Scottish visitors of the gallery.

Garden, 1932 Hannah with Head
Garden, 1932 Hannah with Head


Rozelle House: Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Steps to Discovery
Bridges and Bicycles
2nd February - 30th March

This exhibition looks at the science of engineering through the theme of bridges and bicycles, working in association with Ayr College, Friends of Seafield, local cycle groups and science volunteers, the exhibition will use works from the social history collections to support activities planned for National Science and Engineering Week (14th - 23rd March).

The Twa Brigs by Eyre Crowe 1824-1910 The Bridge by Ronald Rae b. 1946 Chopper Bike (credit: Natasha Emery)
The Twa Brigs
by Eyre Crowe 1824-1910
The Bridge
by Ronald Rae b. 1946
Chopper Bike
(credit: Natasha Emery)

Marysia Donaldson
Life as an Artist
6th April - 1st June

A solo exhibition of the work of Marysia Donaldson reflecting on her life and development as an artist, featuring past and current paintings.

From the Window Sebastain aged Three Pumpkin and Apples
From the Window Sebastain aged Three Pumpkin and Apples


McKechnie Institute, Girvan

Vist the McKechnie in 2014

The McKechnie Institute in Girvan holds a fascinating collection of social and natural history material relating to the local area, particularly on the history of Ailsa Craig and the lives of those who lived and worked there. Step back in time with a visit to the Victorian parlour and recent addition of the Victorian bedroom giving a flavour of life at the turn of the 20th century. Paintings and portraits from the former collections of Girvan Burgh are also on display in the upstairs gallery of the institute. For 2014, an exhibition on Robert the Bruce, the Carrick Connection is planned for June.


Our Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10am-5pm;
Sunday: 12noon-5pm


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