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.