South Ayrshire Winter / Spring Highlights 2017
Lachlan Goudie - Recent Paintings
Exhibition at Rozelle House
4th February to 19th March 2017
Alexander Goudie and Tam o' Shanter
14th January to 12th March 2017
As many of you know South Ayrshire Council holds an important collection of paintings by Alexander Goudie within the permanent collection. The 54 paintings illustrate the story of Burn's Tam o' Shanter and 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 work was offered for sale in 1999 when a consortium of three benefactors, The Fraser Foundation, T B Hunter Charitable Trust and The Souter Foundation saved the collection from being split up and in partnership with South Ayrshire Council brought them back to South Ayrshire.
A selection of these wonderful paintings is on permanent display in Rozelle House where they attract visitors from all over the world. However, in January, February and March 2017 the whole series is being exhibited again. This is only the second time this unique and fascinating collection illustrating the iconic Tam o' Shanter has been seen and because of its enormous size and the dimension of many of the paintings it will fill the entire Maclaurin Gallery and much of Rozelle House as well. A truly historic and mammoth undertaking and one not to be missed.
Alexander's son Lachlan Goudie, Artist and Television Presenter will open the exhibition on January 14th and he will also exhibit some of his own work in the Garden Gallery, Rozelle House.
As we move into March and April two quite different but equally exciting exhibitions are coming to the Maclaurin Galleries. Frank McFadden studied graphic design and served an apprenticeship as a Sign Writer in Glasgow - not a conventional start to the artistic career he has since carved out.
Frank was taken under the wing of our Patron Peter Howson with whom he shared a studio for a number of years. His affinity with Howson was based upon their similar and rather troubled early lives and their subsequent outlook. He is well established as an artist, his work appearing in galleries across Scotland.
We are very pleased to welcome him to the Maclaurin Gallery.
Born in Madeira in 1956 Yvonne studied at Goldsmiths College and Ravensbourne College, London. She moved to Scotland in the early 1980's with her former partner the renowned printmaker Richard Akerman. They bought and refurbished Black Clauchrie House, a remote former hunting lodge near the village of Barr.
After her relationship with Akerman broke up she moved to a stone shepherd’s cottage above Colmonell. Her work attracted a sparkling succession of visitors, including leading Politicians, actors and TV personalities. She took an active role in Ayrshire life serving as an advisor to the newly established Maclaurin Gallery among many other interests.
Scottish Power shattered the idyllic charm of South Ayrshire when it announced plans for a £200 million development to connect Ayrshire with Northern Ireland. The project involved the construction of 45 miles of giant Pylons.
This story and the part she played in it as well as some of her remarkable work will be the focus of the exhibition.
Open Studios Ayrshire
Rozelle House will host another taster exhibition by members of Open Studios Ayrshire. This initiative was begun by Irene Walker an Ayr artist in 2013 and has grown steadily - there are now over 50 members. Last year’s taster event was popular and very well attended. This year in addition to the selling exhibition, Rozelle House is proud to be the venue for the launch. Further information is available on the OSA website www.openstudiosayrshire.com