This topical exhibition of maritime artworks, diaries and personal objects explores the themes of isolation and connection, from the past up to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on life at sea, on oil platforms, lighthouses and islands, the exhibition considers the parallels between isolation at sea and lockdown, what makes us feel ‘connected’ and how creativity has been so significant through periods of separation.

The exhibition draws on the Scottish Maritime Museum’s national art and maritime heritage collections. Artworks include Kate Downie’s ARI Mural Design No.1 (1988), inspired by her residency on Total Oil Marine’s North Sea Alpha B Oil Platform; The Loss (1990) by Joyce Cairns in which, as with many of her works, the dominant female figure plays the leading role as a luring siren of hope, fear, death, loneliness or loss; Frances Walker’s Leaving Roan (2000), an island deserted since 1938; and Arthur Watson’s twin screenprints, Harbour Lights (1991).

The exhibition events programme features sea shanties and storytelling, creative writing and painting workshops.

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Scottish Maritime Museum: Irvine

The Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE

01294 277177


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

You can now buy tickets in advance from our website

2 metres social distancing is enforced.

Please wear a mask on the premises

Our cafe is now open.

Unfortunately we cannot currently offer tours of MV Kyles or our Tenement Flat.

Visitors will find hand sanitising stations the museum and we’ve increased our cleaning regime across all buildings

As ever, visitor teams will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Please do not visit the Museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

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