Exhibition Programme 2015

Arts at RozelleThe Maclaurin Art GalleryThe Maclaurin Gallery
& Rozelle House

The Maclaurin Festival - Art to Inspire
until 22nd February 2015

Celebrating 35 years building one of finest collections of 20th & 21st Century Art in Scotland For the first time, the Maclaurin Collection is on display in both the Maclaurin Gallery and Rozelle House. Collecting since 1976, works range from Bridget Riley to Patrick Heron, from William McCance to Victor Vasarely and Robert Colquhoun to Ian Hamilton Finlay. Recent acquisitions include works by John Byrne, Liz Mackay, Benno Schotz and Michael Clark.

Terry Frost, Mars Red, Black and White (1961) Alan Davie, Mystical Landscape with Snake Mask (1987)
Guests at the Opening The Scottish Bestiary Gallery

Art to Inspire - One Day Conference
The role of art in today’s world
Saturday 14th February 9.45am to 4pm

With Ruth Wishart and special guests
Delegate fee including lunch £15
To book or for further details, call 01292 445447

The Maclaurin Art GalleryThe Maclaurin Gallery

Maclaurin Art Exhibition - Secondary Schools
Art and Design from Secondary Pupils in South Ayrshire Schools
7th March - 12th April 2015

The Secondary Schools' Exhibition celebrates and showcases the diversity of art and design work created by S1 to S6 pupils within South Ayrshire. The Maclaurin Awards and the Jack Kilgour Award are presented at this event with the aim of encouraging the creative talents of pupils and to recognise the work and dedication of the art departments in South Ayrshire Schools.

Previous winners

Ayr Photographic Society
16th March - 12th April 2015

Ayr Photographic Society is one of the oldest Camera Clubs in Scotland (founded in 1905).  After the club's successful first exhibition in the Maclaurin Gallery in 2014, the society returns with high quality and varied works. The club's membership ranges from beginners to professionals, with tutorials and meetings to develop members' skills from the traditional to the special effects of digital manipulation.

Ayr Photographic Society Exhibition 2014
Ayr Photographic Society Exhibition 2014

Open Studios AyrshireOpen Studios Ayrshire - Weekend
25th - 26th April 2015

Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) aims to promote artists/makers in Ayrshire who have a quality product and working expertise to share. This annual event, launched in 2013, provides a platform for the many talented artisans of Ayrshire. The Maclaurin Gallery will again feature selected OSA artists, with work on show for sale and the chance to meet the artists and see them at work.

Open Studios Ayrshire

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
Members' Exhibition
25th April - 25th May 2015

An exhibition of recent work by members of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.  Founded in 1876, the society's current membership includes artists of international reputation, based throughout Britain and Scotland. The RSW aims to exhibit to a wide audience across Scotland.  Visitors will have the chance to see a diverse range of subject matter and styles executed in watercolour and gouache by contemporary Scottish artists. Works will be for sale.

Cromarty, The Black Isle by Mhairi McGregor RSW Cluttered Table by George Gilbert RSW
Cromarty, The Black Isle Mhairi McGregor RSW Cluttered Table George Gilbert RSW

Ayr Art Circle 2015
Members' Exhibition
2nd - 31st May 2015

Ayr Art Circle was formed in 1944 and is unique among local clubs in owning its own premises. Members of the club present a selection of recent work in different media and varied styles featuring oils, watercolours, pastel and acrylic works.

Arts at RozelleRozelle House Galleries

The Science of Colour
28th February - 29th March 2015

In support of British Science Week 2015, Rozelle is presenting an exhibition on the theme of colour based around the museum collections, with artworks, natural and social history. There will also be a packed series of events from 14th - 22nd March, involving experts on topics from painting conservation to optics and involving local people and businesses, to share their knowledge and skills of the science of colour. Our museum and art collections will be used to support these demonstrations, to demonstrate how colour and science are all around us every day.

Spectrum by Tom Clapson Spectrum by Tom Clapson Spectrum by Tom Clapson
Photography series: Spectrum by Tom Clapson

Danish Diaspora
Scotland seen with Danish Eyes
11th April - 17th May 2015

Lise Bech, Lilian Busch, Lotte Glob, Mette Freurgaard-Jensen and Nickolai Globe, a group of internationally recognised Danish craftspeople, have converged on Scotland and all been inspired by Scotland’s wild landscapes and craft tradition.  Shown first at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, this exhibition shows their very different takes on Scotland through willow, metals, ceramics and wood, often combining functionality with beauty.

From the Window
Family Pods Lise Bech

McKechnie InstituteMcKechnie Institute, Girvan

Programme still in development,
but highlights include:

Open Studios AyrshireOpen Studios Weekend
25th - 26th April 2015

For the first time, the McKechnie Institute will feature Open Studios Ayrshire artists on this celebration weekend, with work on show for sale and the chance to meet the artists and see them at work. Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) aims to promote artists/makers in Ayrshire through showing their work and artists in action.

Open Studios Ayrshire

Home and Away - Carrick in WWI
Dates to be confirmed - March/April 2015

An exhibition to highlight Carrick's part in World War I - fighting abroad and support from home. Do you have any stories or keepsakes at home that would help to tell this story?

Home and Away - Carrick in WWI

Ailsa Craig Display
Dates to be confirmed

The McKechnie Institute houses an ongoing display of collection material relevant to the social and natural history of Ailsa Craig, including the stories of lighthouses and quarrying on the island.

Girvan Bronze Age Cinerary Urns
Coming soon

For further updates, please look at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/galleries/ before your visit.


Our Opening Hours

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


Maclaurin Festival

9 November 2014 - February 2015

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