The Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Scotland Free Colliers

The Mining exhibition at the Smith continues, and on Friday at 2pm, historian Ian Scott will speak on the history of the mining community in Central Scotland and the Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Scotland Free Colliers. Falkirk is the last home of this organisation, where they are known

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Tantalising Textiles Exhibition

This exhibition by the Turning Point group of textile artists, is on at the Stirling Smith until Sunday. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is fortunate to be the home of the Neish Collection of British Pewter. The textile artists have taken the Neish Collection as a source of

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The Victimised Miners of 1984-5

In 1984, when Polmaise 3&4 Colliery was threatened with flooding through non – use, four miners went underground to prevent this, through a three day sit-in. A press photographer, given access by the National Union of Mineworkers, went underground and took this photograph. Left to right are miners Jim O’Hare,

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Oswald and Friend, Ailsa Black

The Ailsa Black exhibition featuring beasts both wild and domestic finishes this week. One beast which will be remaining in the Stirling Smith’s collection is Ailsa’s whimsical portrait of cat-in-charge Oswald.   The painting has been purchased by an anonymous benefactor as a tribute to all of the marketing and publicity

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Boo Haughton, Mines Rescue Service

Bill “Boo” Haughton of Fallin first qualified as a miner in 1970, and went on to train as a developer and driver, opening up new coal seams, and in the specialist work of the Mines Rescue Service. He was photographed by John McPake at the opening of the Battle for

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Dunglaston by James Paterson RSA PRSW

At their quarterly meeting last week, the Trustees of the Stirling Smith approved the loan of this painting and three others, for a five month period in 2015 -6 to the prestigious Drents Museum, Assen, in the Netherlands. Drents is working with major Scottish galleries to mount an exhibition on

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Bridges between Imagination and Reality An exhibition of paintings by Peter Yates

This exhibition, from Stirling – born artist Peter Yates, is part retrospective and part new work. Some of the works have been inspired by wind farms. Although wind farms are Scotland’s fastest growing renewable energy technology and are prominent on the landscape in many parts of Scotland, few artists have

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Out of Time, David Paterson Photography

The stones tell us that humans have long been capable great feats of strength and organisation, and that they have been engaged since the beginning in a search for meaning and spirituality. These monuments speak directly to us and though we may no longer understand their language, we feel their

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The Art of Ailsa Black

    The end of a significant year for Stirling, and the historic, 140th anniversary year for the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, will be brought to a colourful conclusion by an exhibition of the work of the Scottish artist Ailsa Black. Weather forecasters have promised a snow- free

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Stirling Castle Quilters

The Stirling Castle Quilters were established twenty years ago, following a major exhibition on Scottish quilting at the Stirling Smith. They are celebrating their achievements in a Smith exhibition which runs until the end of the month. There are over 60 colourful quilts, with many hangings, cushions, bags and other

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