McKechnie is the place to be for local art

Councillor Bill Grant at the McKechnie Institute in Girvan.
Councillor Bill Grant at the McKechnie Institute in Girvan.

For those interested in the works of artists from the Carrick area, or model transport and model boats, the McKechnie Institute in Girvan, operated by South Ayrshire Council, is the place to be.

The annual McKechnie Open Art Exhibition was first held in 1982, for 30 years it has provided an opportunity for local Carrick artists to exhibit their work.The Small World Exhibition first appeared at the McKechnie Institute in 2000 and the show is held every two years. This year, for the first time, Ayr Model Boat Club is exhibiting some of their crafts.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council opened the exhibitions, he said: “The McKechnie Institute is a very popular place, with a museum and galleries that promote exhibitions and the arts.

“With a wide ranging programme of exhibits throughout the year there is something for everyone.

“I would like to thank all the local artists who have worked so hard and ensured that their exhibits are of such a high quality. It is important exhibitions grow and evolve, so I was really pleased to be able to see all the models, including the ones from Ayr Model Boat Club who are exhibiting for the first time. The exhibition runs from Saturday 30 June to Saturday 29 September and I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy the exhibition.”

The McKechnie Institute is located in Dalrymple Street in Girvan, admission to the exhibitions is free. The opening hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 4pm; Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am to 4pm and closed Sunday and Monday.

For further information and to see the programme of exhibitions log on to our website at