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Margaret Hunter


Saturday 19th August to Sunday 8th October

Margaret Hunter, the internationally renowned Scottish painter and Sculptor whose exhibition at the Maclaurin Gallery opens to the public on August 20th.

Margaret was one of the artists invited to paint the remaining piece of the Berlin Wall, now a major tourist attraction.

Margaret will be leading 2 Walk & Talk tours and also running 2-day workshops. Click link below for full details.

Berlin Wall Painting by Margaret Hunter

Margaret Hunter Events and Workshops  >

John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo)

2 July - 30 July 2017

All works will be for sale and there will be a large selection of prints, calendars and cards to purchase as well.

Sale Catalogue

MESH: Events and Workshops

'Three Summers in Iceland'

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 2-4pm
Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

An artist’s talk by Mary Walters.

Pre-booking essential | Cost: £5

This event will include a short break for refreshments.

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'Reductive Painting'

Wednesday 19 July 2017, 1-4pm
Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

A workshop experimenting with the art of removing paint to form an image, with Susie Reade and Marion Barron.

Pre-booking essential | Cost: £20

This event will include a short break for refreshments.

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'Printmaking without a Press and Artists’ Bookmaking Workshop'

Tuesday 25 July 2017, 1-4pm
Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

With Barbara Rowell, Irene Campbell and Dorothy Jackson.

This workshop will introduce some printmaking techniques that will enable you to achieve interesting results without the use of a press.

Pre-booking essential | Cost: £30

This event will include a short break for refreshments.

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Booking Information

To find out more, and to book your place telephone Rozelle House on 01292 445 447 (option 6).

Course participants should supply their own aprons and might like to bring a notepad and pencil. All other materials will be provided.

John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo)

2 July - 30 July 2017

The first exhibition at The Maclaurin by this hugely popular painter.

Sale Catalogue

Lines of Enquiry

2 July to 6 August 2017

MESH: a network of interwoven materials with an open structure.

In 2011 a diverse group of ten artists from across Scotland came together to form MESH, a collective providing skill and knowledge exchange, peer support and critical discussion.

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Image courtesy of Ruth Thomas

Page and Park at the Maclaurin

Thursday 18th May - 7.00pm

On Thursday 18th May, Natalia Burakowska from architects Page and Park will be at The Maclaurin to bring us up to speed with the ongoing restoration of the iconic Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art, parts of which were so tragically destroyed by fire.

Tickets are £10, so if you haven’t got one yet apply with a cheque to Douglas Gulland, our Treasurer.

Natalia Burakowska

Yvonne Hawker -
Visions and Reflections

18 March - 30 April

Clare Henry, the art critic well known for her work for The Herald, knew the artist Yvonne Hawker over her career. Here she recalls her friendship with this fine artist and looks at the legacy of her work.

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Three Impressive New Exhibitions at The Maclaurin Gallery and Rozelle House

Art lovers across South Ayrshire are being invited to see work from a range of diverse and inspiring artists at Arts of Rozelle in Ayr this spring. Three exhibitions will fill Rozelle House, and the Maclaurin Galleries from Sunday 26 March.

Following on from the phenomenal response from visitors to the Alexander Goudie exhibition of ‘Tam o’ Shanter’, the spotlight is shifting to focus on the work of Glasgow artist, Frank McFadden; a retrospective of the work of Yvonne Hawker, and new work from the Open Studios Ayrshire.

These three exhibitions presented by Arts at Rozelle  represent the work of artists working and living in Scotland featuring emerging new talents, while being mindful of those no longer with us.

About the artists

Frank McFadden - Metanoia
26 March - 30 April in the Maclaurin Galleries

McFadden, a brilliant artist and protégée of Peter Howson, presents his first ever solo exhibition. Metanoia explores one of Frank’s favourite expressions “there is no system or formulae for a happy fulfilling life!” His work suggests we start simple, with the truth; we are more alike than unalike.

Yvonne Hawker - 1956-2001 Visions and Reflections
26 March - 30 April in the Maclaurin Galleries

‘This retrospective remembers the evocative work and tragically short life of Yvonne Hawker, who died in 2001. Yvonne was inspired by South Ayrshire and the exhibition reflects on her beautiful ethereal work, featuring examples on loan from her family, friends and patrons. The exhibition also reveals work created during her time in Hong Kong, her interest in the religious beliefs of the Cathars, and her illness and untimely death.

Open Studios Ayrshire

At Rozelle House we are filling the Galleries with the works by members of Open Studios Ayrshire. This is a non-profit organisation representing artists and makers working throughout Ayrshire. Their main annual event being ‘Open Studios Weekend’ 21st -24th April 2017, work here is being exhibited from each member at the annual showcase.

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Thursday 6 April, 7.00pm Maclaurin Gallery

James Orr, well known Scottish and Ayrshire artist will demonstrate landscape painting in acrylic.

£8 for Friends of the Maclaurin
£10 for non members


Thursday 18 May, 7.00pm Maclaurin Gallery

Natalia Burakowska from architects Page & Park will talk about the re-building of the Glasgow School of Art after the devastating fire.

£10 per person

To book places apply to: Douglas Gulland, 136 Adamton Road South, PRESTWICK KA9 2DP

Cheques should be made payable to Friends of the Maclaurin.
No tickets will be issued. Names will be on a list at the door.

Lachlan Goudie - Recent Paintings

Saturday 4th February - Sunday 19th March

An enthusiastic crowd gathered for the opening of the Lachlan Goudie exhibition in Rozelle House on 4th February.

With Lachlan taking the last two remaining exhibition spaces in the House and the entire Maclaurin Gallery being filled with the 54 Tam o' Shanter paintings by Lachlan's father Alexander Goudie, it is a Goudie takeover for the next six weeks.

Michael Clark opens Lachlan's exhibition

Rozelle Connections

Thursday 9th March

David Killicoat, a well known figure at Rozelle, will tell us the history of the Hamilton family who built Rozelle House and their long connection with Ayr and with Robert Burns. Refreshments.

Rozelle House at 7.00pm

Tickets: £5.00

Apply for a ticket by sending £5.00 to:
Dr Alan Taylor, Burnside, Dalmellington Road, Straiton KA19 7NG and your name will be on the list held at the door at the event.

David Killicoat

The Dalrymple Ukelele Orchestra

Sunday 26th February

In concert in Rozelle House from 2.00pm

Come along, enjoy the fun and hear this unique orchestra. Refreshments.

Tickets: Adults £5.00; Children free

Apply for a ticket by sending £5.00 to:
Dr Alan Taylor, Burnside, Dalmellington Road, Straiton KA19 7NG and your name will be on the list held at the door at the event.

Dalrymple Ukelele Orchestra

Lachlan Goudie - Recent Paintings

4th February to 19th March 2017

Exhibition at Rozelle House

Award winning Scottish figurative painter Lachlan studied Fine Art at the Camberwell College of Arts but claims his training started as a child when he painted alongside his father Alexander Goudie, one of Scotland’s finest figurative painters. Lachlan has established a considerable reputation, and has won numerous painting prizes. His work is exhibited with the Royal Portrait Society and is regularly shown in London, New York and Edinburgh.

You can also see Lachlan in The Big Painting Challenge on BBC1 from mid February.

Lachlan Goudie

Goudie's Tam o' Shanter

Saturday 14th January

Alexander Goudie's son Lachlan, Artist and Television Presenter, opened the exhibition of 54 paintings illustrating the story of Burn's Tam o' Shanter. They were painted by Goudie in 1995 prompted by the approaching bi-centenary of the poet’s death.

The series was first shown at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 and is acknowledged as among the very best of Scottish narrative or illustrative painting.

The Other Guys - A capella  concert

Sunday 27th November 3.00-6.00pm

An Afternoon of Christmas Cheer

Promenade around the Christmas Fair while you enjoy The Other Guys singing their eclectic mix of standards and seasonal favourites.

Tickets available form Rozelle House, Maclaurin Gallery, Rozelle Tearoom and Craigie Library or by emailing enclosing cheque and a self addressed stamped envelope.

The Other Guys

Internationally acclaimed street photographer to exhibit at Rozelle in November

Stephen Cosh discovered photography as a youngster, trained as a designer but in his thirties returned to his first passion with a rangefinder camera in hand.

His street work is gritty, personal and often dark, but always treating his subjects with dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances.

He has worked abroad, his work has been exhibited internationally and he has photographed many famous faces including HRH Prince of Wales.

Exhibition opens 19th November until 23 December.

Friends enjoy special visit to Theatre Royal

10 October 2016

On Monday 10th October twenty five Friends of the Maclaurin were treated to a special tour of the Theatre Royal and its fabulous new atrium by the General Director Alex Reedjik followed by lunch and the dress rehearsal of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Scottish Opera’s new season opener. A wonderful day.

Want to make your own hand painted Christmas Cards?

Dianne Gardner is once again offering adults classes on card painting in time for Christmas.

Friday 25th November - 1pm-4pm

Saturday 26th November - 10.00am-12.30pm

All materials are provided and the classes are free.

The Print Studio at Rozelle - Taster sessions ‘Inspiring Landscapes’
More Saturday workshops now organised -

Saturdays 1pm-4.30pm
12th November 2016
26th November 2016
10th December 2016
21st January 2017

No experience necessary, the tutor will guide you through the process. Aged 12 and above, children accompanied by adults (we can be flexible on this - phone and ask!). Maximum 6 per workshop.

The workshop format: Using the drypoint process on an A6 size Acetate plate, you will work from your own image, to create a fine art print based on line and form.

What you need to bring: An image - a sketch or photograph - at least A4 in size - of a landscape, scene or building in South Ayrshire that you like or know well.

Please book your place at these free workshops at Rozelle, 01292 447 447 option 6.

One-day art workshops at Rozelle with Tom Rennie

Autumn Series

Saturday 29th October & Saturday 19th November

The morning is spent drawing in the galleries and in the afternoon the participants return to the art studio in Rozelle House to use their morning work as a basis of one or more finished paintings.

As there are only places for eight people at each class early booking is essential. If you are interested in developing your work and your technique contact -

Tom Rennie on or 07776 267 941

Drawing at Tom Rennie Art Class

Major A Capella group The Other Guys are coming to Rozelle House

On Sunday 27th November Scotland’s foremost a capella group The Other Guys is coming to entertain guests to an evening of brilliant unaccompanied singing during the Rozelle Christmas Fair. Put the date in your diary and come along and hear this group of young American singers, all students at St Andrew’s University, sing for us.

Lots of unique craft items on sale in plenty of time for Christmas, mulled wine and mince pies and a fabulous concert from The Other Guys. Don’t miss it. Tickets £12 each will be on sale from the middle of October.

Watch this site for more information.

The Other Guys

Helen M Turner Retrospective -
A life in Colour and Design

13 August - 25 September

Maclaurin Galleries 3 & 4

An exciting weekend of events to mark the opening of Helen M Turner's exhibition A life in Colour and Design. On Friday 12th it was standing room only for the Friends who were entertained to a hilarious talk about her life to date by an exuberant Helen, followed on Saturday with the opening of the exhibition to the public by well known Scottish Artist Joe Hargan.

Crowd at Opening

Helen and Joe

Three Fans

Glasgow Society of Women Artists - Maclaurin Gallery

19th March - 24th April 2016

Glasgow has been long renowned for its great artists and the GSWA have taken up the unique offer to show one of Glasgow’s favourites JOAN EARDLEY alongside their current exhibition. The GSWA wished to reflect the long history of their association with the Glasgow School of Art and its past graduates.

These three Eardley works cover Catterline, Dumfriesshire and Glasgow. The last, a drawing of a Glasgow rail yard, belonging to the Maclaurin Trust collection, will be hanging with two impressive oils of her favourite views from a private collection, one never before seen in public.

Once again the GSWA have produced an exciting and diverse range of works. Vibrant landscapes, highland cattle to seabirds, soft still lives, figurative sculpture and ceramics are all on show.

The artists use a wide range of mediums in their paintings and objects including little gems of embroidery panels and silver jewellery to sculpture with found objects.

These Glasgow based or connected artists have recorded their travels around the globe, throughout Scotland, the warmth of the Mediterranean, hot deserts, to the glowing domes of Russian architecture.

This is an exciting opportunity to view the latest work by the GSWA alongside wonderful examples of Joan Eardley’s paintings.

Maclaurin Art Exhibition 2016

Art & Craft from South Ayrshire Schools.

An enthusiastic crowd of children with their parents and other family members turned up at the Maclaurin Art Gallery on a very wet Saturday afternoon to attend the prize-giving of this popular annual event. This year it was the turn of children ranging in age from 4-14, attending nursery, primary and secondary Schools in South Ayrshire.

The competition featured art and craftwork and the competition was judged by the Patron of the Maclaurin Gallery, Peter Howson who also came to present the prizes. Sadly not every prize winner was able to be there to collect their prize. The major prize, The Maclaurin Award was won jointly by two pupils from Queen Margaret Academy with their landscapes. Peter not only handed over their prizes, he presented each of them with one of his original drawings, framed and ready to be hung in pride of place in their homes!

The full prize list.


1. Aria Currie - Burns by Bairns, Age 4, Troon Primary

2. Primary 1C Alloway - Highland Fling, Age 4/5, Alloway Primary

3. Sasha McDonald - Winter Trees, Age 5, Girvan Primary

4. Rebecca Hannah - Notre Dame, Age 7, Alloway Primary

5. Angus Robinson - Greenan Views, Age 8, Doonfoot Primary

6. Oliver Stuart - Oor Wullie, Age 8 P4/5, Cairn Primary

7. Lucy Adamson - Callanish, Age 9, Troon Primary

8. Livi Roseburgh - Ballet Dancer (3D sculpture), Age 12, Wellington School

9. Carla Blockley - Glasgow Architecture, Age 12, Belmont Academy

10. Emma Palmer - Landscape, S3, Prestwick Academy

11. Aaryn Harper - Landscape, S3/4, Age 15, Queen Margaret Academy

12. Sarah Morrison - Landscape, Age 14, Queen Margaret Academy


Special Merit


Harry White - Katie Bairdie had a Coo, Age 5, Girvan Primary

Forehill Primary - 6 x Colour Figures/Portraits, P4W

James Mackin - Sic a Wife as Willie Had, Age 8, Coylton Primary

Eva Rennie - Tam’s Witch Race, Age 9, Sacred Heart Primary

Archie Henderson - Blitzkreig, Age 10, Doonfoot Primary

Katie Boyd - Self-Portrait, Age 11, Carrick Academy


Maclaurin Award Winner


Joint: Aaryn Harper & Sarah Morrison, Queen Margaret Academy

Howson to present prizes at SAC Schools Exhibition

Peter Howson, who is Patron of the Maclaurin Art Gallery, has judged the wide range of entries in this year's Maclaurin Art Exhibition open to schools in South Ayrshire. The competition is divided into six categories ranging from pre-school through primary and up to Secondary 1, 2 and 3 and features drawing, painting and three-dimensional work.

After completing the judging Peter said of the work. "I am thrilled to see such a level of artistic talent from these pupils, finding the winners was not an easy task as the level of talent is so high. I look forward to meeting all the winners at the prize-giving next Saturday."

The Maclaurin Art Exhibiton Art & Craft from South Ayrshire Schools 2016 - Saturday 13th February until 20th March.

The prize-giving takes place in Rozelle House on Saturday 20th February at 2.00pm.

New Portraits of David Bowie

In a further homage to his friend David Bowie, Peter Howson has created two new drawings of Bowie as he knew him latterly.

The two drawings have just been unveiled at Howson's current exhibition Babylon at the Maclaurin Art Gallery and are for sale along with thirty limited edition prints of them. The original prints of Bowie from the year of his film The Man Who Fell to Earth have proved very popular at the exhibition and there will undoubtedly be considerable interest in the new drawings and prints.

Howson's Homage to Bowie

In his latest exhibition at the Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr internationally renowned artist Peter Howson pays homage to his friend and supporter David Bowie with a limited edition of prints entitled The Man who Fell to Earth. It was at the time of this film that the pair met when David purchased one of Peter’s large canvasses at a London exhibition of his work.  The two became friends and Peter persuaded David to sit for him in his London studio. The prints on show today are a result of these sittings. All the works in the exhibition are for sale.

In addition and as a further tribute to his friend, Peter has produced a new pastel drawing of David for this exhibition, the original of which will be unveiled at the Maclaurin this week and from which a limited number of prints have been made.

The exhibition entitled Babylon continues at the Maclaurin Art Gallery until Sunday 6th march.

Graffiti project

When you come to the Maclaurin Art Gallery and Rozelle House be sure to see the graffiti on the walls near the Tearoom. Young people from Ayr were invited to use their spray-painting skills to decorate the walls with the story of the House, its history and to imagine the venue in the future as well as featuring the trades and businesses of South Ayrshire. Under the guidance of muralist Frank Carty the young artists developed the scheme over several months.

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