An Ayrshire Arts Archive ~ Arts Groups and Venues

Glasgow 1990, Cultural Capital of Europe ~ European Artists in Ayr 1989 - 1997

For twenty years, from 1978, the Maclaurin Art Gallery was one of the leading contemporary art venues in Scotland and the north of England.  The exhibition was international in outlook and the gallery attracted many important smaller scale touring exhibitions in addition to showing the work of Ayrshire artists.  Today, after fallow period, there is renewed vigour in the gallery with a programme of broad appeal, with a Scottish emphasis.



In 1990, Glasgow was the Cultural Capital of Europe and several European artists were invited to visit the city on short term residencies.  During their time in Glasow, many of these artists developed relationships with Scottish galleries and contributed to their exhibition programmes over the following years.  Some of these friendships have been enduring and have benefitted both the galerists and the artists.  In some cases, there have been several studio exchanges and exhibition opportunities for Scottish artists in Europe arising from the cultural friendships established in 1990.

This section of the web site features exhibitions and collaborative projects arising from the 1990 residencies that were presented at the Maclaurin Art Gallery and Rozelle House between 1989 and 1997.




Creative Ayrshire acknowledges the assistance of Mike Bailey for the provision of material for this section of the website. 

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