Girvan paintings return home

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GIRVAN’S artistic heritage has returned home with an exhibition of paintings from the old Burgh Collection.

The McKechnie Institute on Girvan’s Dalrymple Street is the new temporary home of a number of works gifted to the town by well-known locals including Thomas Davidson and Richard Edmiston Jr.

Originally made up of 79 artworks, the Burgh Collection featured paintings by well-known Scottish artists including Thomas Faed and Alexander Young.

While five paintings from the original collection were lost in the 1939 fire that destroyed the McMaster Hall previously surrounding Stumpy Tower, the remaining works have been circulated between the Rozelle and McKechnie spaces over the years.

But as of October 27 a selection of them has been contained within the dedicated Your Paintings exhibition at the Girvan museum.

The exhibition has been commissioned to celebrate a partnership through which the paintings are on permanent display however.

500 paintings from South Ayrshire Council’s collections have been immortalised online in the new Your Paintings portal from the BBC alongside more than 170,000 others from museum collections across Scotland.

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council’s head of community engagement, said of the McKechnie exhibition: “The exhibition offers an outstanding chance to see some stunning works of arts, many by renowned artists, and we have been getting some excellent feedback.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in painting or the history of art to come along to view these beautiful masterpieces.”

The McKechnie Institute on Girvan’s Dalrymple Street is open from 1-4pm Tuesday-Friday, 1.30-4.30pm on Wednesdays, and 10.30-4pm on Saturdays. The Your Paintings exhibition will be on display there until January 26.