An Ayrshire Arts Archive ~ Arts Groups and Venues

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.

Following visits to Germany between 1987 and 1991, a number of European artists were invited to exhibit at the Maclaurin Art Gallery and other venues in Ayrshire.  During this period several artists were introduced to the Gallery by Richard Demarco, mainly from Poland and Northern Ireland.  Other visitors came to Ayr following personal contact with gallery staff during visits to Germany.  This series of images shows some of the European contributions to the gallery programmes.

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

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