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Exhibition - The Real Face of Robert Burns?

21 Feb 15

 Real Face of Burns

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

Saturday 21st February 2015 until Sunday 14 June 2015

'The Real Face of Burns' is a mixed group contemporary art exhibition. There were few depictions of the Bard made during his lifetime, yet we all think we know what he looked like. This exciting exhibition seeks to explore further the face of Burns and features alongside the new works, the Alexander Reid miniature which Burns himself felt was a good likeness, and the forensically created head of Burns which was produced at Dundee University.

The exhibition includes work by:

David Begbie, Calum Colvin, Rosie Dahlstrom, Graham Fagen, Nina Fowler, Tom Gallant, Shannon Laing, The Little Artists, David Mach, Robert Mach, Harland Miller, Paul Morrison, Alexander Newley, Deirdre Nicholls, Mark Powell, Adrian Wiszniewski, Alexander Reid

  • Venue: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ (Map)
  • Times: Every Day 10am - 5pm (Admission free)
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Burns Unbound

16 Dec 14


Burns Unbound

National Museum of Rural Life

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jan 2015

This January, release your inner bard at the National Museum of Rural Life in East
Kilbride. Everyone is welcome to join this celebration and exploration of all
things Robert Burns, with a packed programme running over two days.

Take part in an animal handling session to meet our mice, and learn more about the
animal behind one of Rabbie's most famous poems. On Saturday, join fiddle and
voice/step dancing duo Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller for some traditional
Scottish music, and on Sunday we'll be joined by the Wildings band for a
traditional performance from Live Music Now Scotland.

Our popular Magic Carpet storytelling sessions for under-fives will run throughout
the weekend, exploring Scots words, stories and rhymes. Or take part in a
family trail around the museum to explore the collections and find out if you
know your byres from your bothies!

On Sunday, Wendy Barrie from the Scottish Food Guide will show you how to create
the perfect Burns Supper, complete with haggis samples from Hardiesmill.

For more information visit or call 0300 123

Exhibition: Burnsiana and the James McKie Collection

25 Jan 15Exhibition: Burnsiana and the James McKie Collection


Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

20 December 2014 - 18 April 2015

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

Admission - Free

Burnsiana is an exhibition that explores the world of Robert Burns through the creative partnership of visual artist Calum Colvin and poet Rab Wilson.

The work created through the partnership will be exhibited in the Main Gallery and will feature poetry, print and ceramic works. Colvin has long taken inspiration from the literature and life of Robert Burns, and Burnsiana features a collection of work created over a period of 13 years. The work is a union of the mundane and surreal, as Colvin assembles everyday objects to create a 3D canvas which he paints directly on to, the result of which is rendered photographically and displayed alongside Wilson's poetry. Wilson's poetic work is created in response to Colvin's art and in keeping with tradition, is written in the Scots language.

Wilson was formerly the Robert Burns Writing Fellow - in Reading Scots and has performed his poetry at various festivals across the country including Edinburgh Fringe festival. Complementing the Burnsiana exhibition, the James McKie Collection celebrates the life and work of the creator of the 'Kilmarnock Burnsiana', James McKie.

James McKie (1816 - 1891) was a printer, a collector of Burns, and one of Kilmarnock's most prominent cultural figures of the Victorian era.

As an 11 year old apprentice bookbinder to John Wilson's successor at the Cross, he established a firm link to Robert Burns and Kilmarnock's literary heritage. He became most famous as a printer and collector of Burns. His collection of Burns manuscripts, books, paintings, and general Burnsiana, grew to such stature that the Town purchased them to be displayed in the new Burns Monument museum.

This exhibition is a rare and exciting opportunity to see the internationally-renowned James McKie Collection.