I did an online search for art galleries in Ayrshire, when planning my drive south to Dumfries and Galloway for the Arts and Crafts Trail in Kirkcubright. My search brought up the Rozelle House Galleries and the Maclaurin Gallery in Ayr.
Initially, I was a bit confused wondering if the two galleries located in different places. But they are adjacent.
Rozelle House is a former mansion house which was gifted the Royal Burgh of Ayr in the late 1960s. It then became an art gallery. In the mid 1970s, the stable block and servants quarters and became the Maclaurin Gallery.
There were plenty of parking spaces in the free car park when I arrived early on a Thursday afternoon.
I started off in the Maclaurin Gallery, which is accessed through the courtyard.
I really liked William Dick’s The Paper Works exhibition.
As it was raining, I had a rather quick look around the Sculpture Park.
Then it was back inside to the Rozelle Galleries.
There’s a Henry Moore sculpture at the bottom of the staircase.
I thought that some of the pieces by the Ayr College students in their HND Art & Design exhibition were wonderful. The young woman portrayed on the left below is constructed with jigsaw pieces.
The man on the right below was made by painting on a tapestry.
Below are photos of some of the other exhibits.
Upstairs at Rozelle, there was an exhibition of Alexander Goudie’s painting depicting Robert Burns’ Tam o’Shanter. Most didn’t appeal to me, being too dark coloured. The one I liked was of Brig o’Doon.
The basement walls outside the toilets had been painted by local young people.
I highly recommend a visit to the Rozelle Galleries and the Maclaurin Gallery in Ayr. It was free to get in and the galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and noon to 5pm on Sundays. But do check before you visit as many museums and galleries opening hours have been reduced and charges introduced to see some exhibitions, due to spending cutbacks by local authorities.