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An exhibition showcasing work from the permanent collection at the Maclaurin Gallery.

Within her will Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin left a sum of money for the establishment of an art gallery for the Royal Burgh of Ayr. It was to be called The Maclaurin Gallery in memory of her husband James Henry Maclaurin who died in 1919, probably from complications caused by Spanish Flu.

The terms of the bequest placed an obligation on the Trustees to create a permanent collection. The gallery was opened with temporary exhibitions in the Summer of 1976. By 1983 a committee had established the foundations of a permanent collection and, in December of that year, the work purchased was on display. The works on display are the result of shrewd decisions made by this first committee. Their stated intent was to concentrate on contemporary art, bringing to the people of Ayr works to which they might otherwise not have access.

The work of a purchasing committee continues to this day. The emphasis has changed, looking more towards contemporary Scottish work and art which is more accessible to the public. The result is a marvellously eclectic mix with something for everyone.

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Rozelle House Galleries

Monument Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 4NQ

01292 445447


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Temporarily closed

Entry will remain free of charge, however all visitors must pre-book a ticket for a one hour period; if you would like to stay longer you can book an additional slot.

Visitors are asked to wear a face covering whilst indoors.

There will be a one-way system in place that visitors must follow and there will be clear signage to direct you.

There will be hand sanitiser dispensers at each door way and we would ask that you use this upon arrival and regularly throughout your visit.

2m floor markings will be in place throughout the building and we ask that you maintain a 2m distance when inside.

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