The Maclaurin Art Gallery Programme 2017

For the first time at the Maclaurin Gallery

John Lowrie Morrison OBE

An Oban Sunset by Jolomo

The Magical Light of the West

Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th July

The exhibition The Magical Light of the West opens with a Private View on Saturday 1st July and runs throughout the month until the 30th. This will be Jolomo's first solo exhibition in Ayr.

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 Arts Collective

Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 6th August

MESH is a group of emerging artists from diverse backgrounds who studied together on the Combined Studies (Art and Design) BA Degree at Edinburgh College of Art. The group was formed in 2011 to provide peer support, networking, and opportunities to collaborate and exhibit together. The members of the group draw inspiration from the natural environment and promote themes of sustainability, and ecological matters in their working practice.

Rock Face by Ruth Thomas

Margaret Hunter


Saturday 19th August to Sunday 8th October

Born in Fairlie in Ayrshire and educated at the Glasgow School of Art, Margaret Hunter went to study in Berlin. Since her early experiences in Berlin ‘duality’ has been an ongoing theme for Hunter. Beside physical, geographic borders, lines of demarcation can also be conceptual, social, political or cultural and in her work they have taken the form of double heads and figures or the mask denoting inside - outside. Hunter uses archetypal imagery, symbols such as the spiral, sphere or cone to convey meaning in her paintings and sculptures, many of which were influenced by her early life in Africa.

Heads together by Margaret Hunter

James Klinge

Friday 1st September to Sunday 8th October

This autumn we have another first for the Maclaurin. James Klinge will be exhibiting with us. James is one of Scotland’s finest mural painters and the ‘go to’ person for Glasgow City Council when they need some street art.

His exhibition promises to be sensational and quite quite different from anything you have seen before, opens on the very first day of September.

Clydeside Tiger by James Klinge

Rozelle House Galleries Programme 2017

Ayrshire College Visual Arts Showcase

Sunday 28th May to Sunday 2nd July 2016

An exhibition of work by both staff and students of the HNC and HND Visual Arts courses at Ayrshire College, incorporating photography, jewellery, visual communications, art and design.

Artists in Residence

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 6th August

Bridget Hunter

When she left school Bridget had the choice of going to Art School or Teacher Training College. She chose to be an infant teacher, a career that she loved and continued until retirement.

But she was always interested in drawing and painting and as her daughters grew older she began to find time to go to local art clubs and as well as completing a one year correspondence course with The Open College of the Arts during which she learned to use a sketchbook as both an end in itself and as a resource for ideas for paintings.

Bridget now sketches in different media and paints mainly in oils although she is beginning to use acrylic and oil pastels for larger works. As well as sketching she enjoys laying in a painting outside directly in front of the landscape, even if the painting has to be finished back in the studio.

She finds her inspiration around her home in the Carrick Hills and the Ayrshire coastline, although in the last few years she has spent time travelling around the West Coast painting the amazing white sands and blue seas.

“I hope to paint more of the Scottish islands in the future as well as going on painting holidays further afield. I've recently got to know the works of Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombley and Rothko and find the Abstract Expressionate movement very inspiring. I am greatly looking forward to being an artist in residence with Arts at Rozelle this summer.”

For more information about Bridget's work visit

Simone Whiteford

Simone was born in Germany. She moved to Scotland in 2001 to take up an industrial placement with a firm of Architects based in Glasgow. She found Scotland to be very diverse creatively, from the architecture and exciting urban landscape of Glasgow to the natural beauty of the Isles with everything in between and she truly enjoys living here.

In 2014 Simone was given the opportunity to display her work at Rozelle House during the Open Studios Ayrshire event and has worked since 2015 as a full time artist. Along with solo exhibitions Simone has been entering Open Call exhibitions and was delighted to win the Bessie Scott award for her piece “Emergence” at the 128th Annual Paisley Art Institute Exhibition in May 2016.

Simone describes herself as a Conceptual Serialist who embraces modern technologies along with both man-made and natural materials to create her 3D work.

“I am looking forward to work as one of the artists in residence with Arts at Rozelle in 2017. For the future I hope to be able to design and create sculptures with as little compromises as possible.”

For more information about Simone’s work visit

Bridget Hunter

Simone Whiteford

Lennox and Wylie

Sunday 6th August to Sunday 1st October

Two Ayrshire artists whose inspiration is the sea, Douglas Lennox and Jim Wylie are exhibiting together at in Rozelle House in August and September.

Douglas Lennox

His work is predominantly made up of landscapes and seascapes. He finds his subjects in marinas and harbours on the coast in Ayrshire and in the East Neuk of Fife. His art responds to the light and colour in these distinctive coastal towns and ports.

Jim Wylie

Concentrates his research mostly in and around Ayrshire with a few subjects from further afield. He is especially drawn to water and the sea, painting shorelines, rocks, grasses, distant islands, broad skies, and the untidy bits of nature. He likes to explore the colours, textures and patterns in old boats, harbours and the industrial junk of the sea. The closer to being wreckage the more they attract him.

Late Afternoon, Glaister by Douglas Lennox

Rocky Shore by Jim Wylie

James Hutcheson

Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 1st October

Creative Director at Birlinn/Polygon, with a long career as an illustrator, typographer, cartoonist and graphic designer.

McKechnie Institute, Girvan Programme 2017

Ayr Model Boat Club

April to June

Ayr Model Boat Club is a group of enthusiastic builders, sailors and enthusiasts of all things related to model boats (and beyond).

This exhibition is an opportunity to appreciate the details and design of the boats up close, from electric powered vessels to steam-powered craft and yachts.

130th Birthday of the Ailsa Craig Lighthouse

July to September

With items from the collection, and on special loan from the Mull of Galloway Museum, we celebrate 130 years of lighthouse provision on the Craig.

Open Art

The 35th Annual Open Art Exhibition

July to September

Featuring work from artists living and working in Girvan and the surrounding areas.

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