Have yourself an arty New Year - four fantastic exhibitions come to South Ayrshire
Sunday 21 January will see four brand new free exhibitions to welcome in 2018 at Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Galleries.
The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) is bringing their largest ever print based collections exhibition to South Ayrshire. Ages of Wonder celebrates the moment in 1910 when the Royal Scottish Academy transferred a number of significant works to the National Collection to ensure they could be enjoyed by future generations.
The Maclaurin has the honour of being the first gallery to host this prestigious exhibition as it leaves Edinburgh, and begins a tour of Scotland. Focussing on the art of etching, the exhibition showcases works from early Scottish etchers through to European masters like Rembrandt. Featuring full sheet colour etchings, black and white key plates, magnificent lithographs, screen-printing, relief prints and large scale mono prints, the exhibition is sure to impress.
As part of the exhibition, there will also be demonstrations and workshops by local Master Print Maker Ian McNicol as well as tours from artists and curators.
The superb line-up continues with Uncharted Lands, Brick City and the Glasgow Group exhibition.
'Uncharted Lands' is the new exhibition from visual artist Ellis O'Connor. Running at the Maclaurin from 21 January – Sunday 11 March, Ellis uses printmaking, painting and drawings to capture the texture and unique geology of the wild and extreme North.
Her inspiration comes from an expedition she undertook to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Ellis will be leading workshops at Rozelle House on 13 and 15 February.
For many, life begins at 60 and the Glasgow Group is celebrating this anniversary in style. Established in 1958 by a group of ambitious graduates from Glasgow School of Art, they promote the visual arts throughout the West of Scotland. Running from 13 January until 4 March at the Maclaurin, this inspirational exhibition features paintings, photography, printmaking and sculptures from the group's current and former members.
Finally, there is something for all ages as Brick City comes to Rozelle House. Running from 21 January to 18 March, Brick City is a celebration of some of the globe's most famous landmarks – made entirely out of LEGO®!
You are sure to recognise many of the 62 incredibly detailed models from the lively streets of New York, to medieval Japan and glitzy Las Vegas. With the smallest crafted from less than a hundred pieces, to the awe-inspiring centerpiece of London St Pancras station, built from 180,000 bricks. Come along and join in our Saturday workshops too.
Councillor Brian McGinley, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder said: "Ages of Wonder promises to be a fantastic exhibition and it's a real bonus for South Ayrshire that we are the first to host this landmark collection. All of these exhibitions underline our proud tradition of arts and culture and I'm sure there will be many more prestigious exhibitions in 2018 and beyond.
Sandy Wood, RSA Collections Curator: "Ages of Wonder is the most significant collections exhibition the Royal Scottish Academy has ever mounted and the unique insights into artists' practice really brought the exhibition to life. This sort of thing is the essence of the Academy and it is fantastic to bring the fruits of these live elements and the RSA collections to a wider audience around Scotland."
The Council and the Maclaurin have worked together to bring the Ages of Wonder exhibition to South Ayrshire.
The exhibition is a partnership between the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Galleries of Scotland, in collaboration with the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dundee and is supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, The Morton Charitable Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, and sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull.
For more information on what's on this year go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/galleries/External link