Treasures of the Smith Exhibition

Friday, 26 June 2015 was the long anticipated launch of the Stirling Smith’s own summer exhibition. The exhibition looks at the range, quality and importance of the collections.  Stirling-based artists such as Hugh Green and Denovan Adam are on display beside many popular and pieces of art relating to Stirling.

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The Washer Men of Cowie Colliery

The Polmaise Colliery exhibition continues at the Smith.  This photograph is from Cowie Colliery, located in Bannockburn.   It opened in 1894, ten years earlier than Polmaise, and closed in 1953.The image dates from the 1920s and is of the men who tended the machines which washed the dust from

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Art Demonstration by Rosanne Barr

This weekend is the annual Festival of Museums, and to celebrate, the Stirling Smith is hosted a free demonstration at 2pm on Friday 15th May, by award-winning artist and local girl Rosanne Barr. Rosanne, who is now Vice President of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, was educated at Balfron

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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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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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Remembering Bannockburn.

Remembering Bannockburn the Bannockburn Brooch

The brand new visitor centre, interpreting the Battle of Bannockburn, will satisfy every question, about the momentous events of 23-24 June 1314, when it opens later this year.  It is 50 years since the old visitor centre opened, to join the great flagpole, put up in 1870 to enable people

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Sailor’s Valentine, Black History Month

This is a very good example of a sailor’s valentine of the 1850s in the Stirling Smith collections. It is currently one of the objects highlighted for Black History Month. Sailor’s valentines were made from tiny sea shells arranged in interesting patterns and encased in octagonal glazed boxes. Tradition has

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