Door to Carnock House

The great front door of Carnock House was donated to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum in 1938 by the Carron Iron Company, prior to the demolition of 1940. It is built of three thicknesses of wood, strengthened with big iron studs. An unusual feature is the loophole near

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Greer and Graham

The prestigious Kelvingrove Children’s Art Competition has been running since 1904. Open to young people between the ages of 3 and 18, it generates excitement every year. Shown here, wearing her Denny High School uniform is 16 year old Greer Ralston with the drawing which won her the Gold Medal

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Disrupting Dementia

The Stirling Smith has a historic collection of Scottish tartans, woven in Wilson’s Mill, Bannockburn, 1750 – 1830. Until 29 January, there is a special exhibition on the development and creation of one of Scotland’s newest tartans – the Alzheimer Scotland tartan. The “Disrupting Dementia” tartan design project was the

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Stirling Artists

This column often features paintings which are part of the art history of Stirling and Scotland.  The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum was founded by a practising artist, Thomas Stuart Smith, with his own paintings and works of his contemporaries as the foundation collection.  The Smith, therefore has a

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Loss

At this time of year, for the last century, we have remembered the great loss of life caused by the First World War. The bannerette shown here is part of an exhibition created by the textile artist Clare Hunter, now on in the Stirling Smith until 20 November. The exhibition

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Stirling Angels    

Featured today is the key painting of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour exhibition in the Stirling Smith. ‘The Messenger’ is by Stirling artist @, and it is a painting full of symbolism about love, spirituality, the skies, the seas, and all things in between. Two of June’s angels

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Painting the Forth      

Epic landscape painting of the type which helped shape national consciousness in the 18th and 19th centuries is no longer practised, but the work of artist Darren Woodhead, now showing in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, has something of the same aim. Darren who has previously been BBC

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The Wallace Monument

Currently, the Scottish Society of Architect Artists members are showing their works at the Stirling Smith. The SSAA, founded in 1987, currently has around 90 members drawn from the architectural profession, and those who have worked in architecture in Scotland. The Society also maintains strong links with other European societies of

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Football match programme with a picture of Billy Bremner on cover and signed by Billy Bremner. The Cover is mostly red and white.

Billy Bremner

Shown here is Bremner’s Testimonial Programme for the match played in Stirling at Annfield on 30 October 1973. The programme was gifted to the Smith by Albion fan Jim Thomson, and before now, there has been nothing in the Smith collection to represent this great footballing hero.  It is part

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Flockhart Legacy

The exhibition of twentieth century art from the Stirling Smith’s collection continues. Featured prominently is this work by Helen Flockhart, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1985. Since then she has built a formidable reputation through numerous exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. Her rich, meticulously crafted paintings

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