The Maclaurin Art Gallery Programme 2017


AGES of WONDER from the RSA

The Glasgow Group is arguably the oldest artists co-operative going. Now celebrating its 60th B-day, it was established in 1958 by 3 GSA students, Jim Spence, Anda Paterson & James Morrison, who invited 10 others to join them.

Anda Paterson is exhibiting here with her signature Mediterranean peasants. Sadly the beloved Jim Spence, who worked 33 years as GG president, died last year & is much missed.

The GG has held  annual shows, & frequently more often, all over Scotland, England, Wales, Norway & Spain, and for over 30 years filled the then splendid McLellan Gallery with their work.

The GG were also invited to provide the huge, exciting inaugural opening show for Tramway back in 1989, (see my Herald review with a pix of Jim Spence) when Douglas Gordon and Rosemary Beaton were invited as 2 young folk, and George Wyllie installed his entire life sized Paper Boat !!

Members have included Bet Low, Philip Reeves, Dawson Murray, Jack Knox, Willie Rodger and many more.

Today the painter Shona Dougall chairs the group which is exhibiting about 100 works in 2 galleries at the Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Artist members now include sculptor Tom Allan, painters Claire Paterson and Susan Kennedy and printmaker Damian Henry.

"When the Glasgow Group first met in 1957 Scottish art was in a bad way," remembers Alasdair Gray of New Lanark fame. He was there so he should know! Back then the GG had an average age of 22. It went on to become a cutting-edge affair, with folk like Sandy Moffat, John Bellany, Richard Demarco et al included. Long before Transmission and current societies, GG has always been a true cooperative.

To keep anything running for 60 years takes time & effort. Current chairman Shona Dougall does a great job, organising - while also painting. I enjoyed her colourful sunlit Still Lifes.

I have been writing about the Glasgow Group for 39 years! I was asked to open their 1989 Tramway inauguration and so was happy to do the same for their 60th b-day exhibition at the Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

where the work looks very good filling 2 long galleries with vivid, colourful paintings, photographs & prints.

It's an enjoyable array with CLAIRE PATERSON's figure paintings a standout contribution. Great to see her good drawings here.

There is today so much plastic & cardboard installation, sound & 'immersive' - how I hate that word! - stuff, you all know what I mean, that it is a relief to see some fine draughtsmanship & skilled painting. She too studied at GSA as did most others.

Sculptor Tom Allan has at last space here to make an impact.

There is an impressive stormy seascape from Gregor Smith

and wooded landscapes by Susan Kennedy

Prints by Damian Henry include his signature animals & Claire Paterson's oils complete the picture.

Across the courtyard the RSA's loan exhibition AGES OF WONDER contains some STUNNING prints

From Will McLean

From Ian Hamilton Finlay

From Stuart Duffin

From Elspeth Lamb

From Beth Fisher

and Philip Reeves, who was a GG member for many years!!

Master printmaker IAN MCNICOL who lives in Ayr, will be doing print demonstrations & workshops at the Maclaurin. So make sure to go!

Annual Exhibition and Sale

Sunday 22nd October to Saturday 18th November

The very popular art exhibition and sale that just gets better and better.

Sponsored by:

Artwork by Dorothy Fisher

Ayr Sketch Club

Sunday 26th November to Sunday 7th January 2018

Founded in 1901, making it the oldest art organisation in the town, the Ayr Sketch Club exhibition is an annual favourite.


Glasgow School of Art Sculpture Graduates 2017

Saturday 25th November to Sunday 7th January 2018

Kathryn Hanna, Chris Hargan and Will Braithwaite.

An exhibition of eclectic work taking inspiration from myth, architecture and history.

Rozelle House Galleries Programme 2017

Senior Art Pupils South Ayrshire Schools

Saturday 14th October to Sunday 26th November

A celebratory showcase of the diversity of art and design work created by secondary school pupils studying art in South Ayrshire.

Winner Mhairi Smeeton

Ayr Art Circle

Sunday 3rd December to Sunday 14th January 2018

Ayr Art Circle is unique among local art clubs in owning its own building where member join together to paint in all different media.

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