Celebration of sheep at Baa’ed’s museum

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SHEEP are a fairly standard sight in Carrick, but you’re unlikely to have seen them like this before.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is playing host to an unusual flock this Winter/Spring season, with beasts made of various materials featuring in their contemporary mixed media exhibition, Ca’ the Yowes.

The third exhibition to be held at the venue includes film, tapestry, calligraphy and crochet – as well as the more traditional mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture – and features work from more than a dozen artists including Alasdair Gray, Helen Denerley and Angela Hunter (whose Sheep in Winter Landscape is shown below left).

The selling exhibition will also mark the first time Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has had her work shown in Scotland and a proportion of all sales will go towards maintaining the museum’s Burns collection. Curator Sheilagh Tennant said the display has something for everyone.

“The melody of Ca’ the Yowes remains one of the most haunting of all of Burns’s songs,” she said.

“Taking this work as a theme, sheep figure largely in this exhibition – although not necessarily sheep as you will have seen them before!

“A visit to the gallery in the award-winning Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a wonderful day out.”

The exhibition will be at the museum in Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, until May 5, and is open from 10am-5pm daily.