Calling All Young Poets of Stirling!

  John Coutts, Poet-in-Residence at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum is collecting winter poems to share as an online poetry roundabout. What is your favourite winter activity?  What Makes winter special?  What clothing, food, weather, or animals make you think of winter? Tell us in your poem.  Rhyming

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The November 2020 Poetry Roundabout

The Poetry Roundabout November 2020 Edited by John Coutts, Poet in Residence ‘What is the late November doing?’ -T.S. Eliot An interesting collection this, with translation from the Arabic and  our  first contribution on Shetland dialect. There’s a sober side, with reference to Remembrance Sunday. Which is why I’ve tried

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Smith’s Pipe of Freedom on BBC Radio

We are so pleased that over lockdown a special painting in our collection has been receiving just attention: Thomas Stuart’s Smith’s The Pipe of Freedom.  Credit is due to Peter Brathwaite, an opera singer and occassional broadcaster.  Early in the year, Brathwaite took part in the Getty Museum Challenge, where

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The October 2020 Poetry Roundabout

The Poetry Roundabout OCTOBER 2020 ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’ John Keats – Ode to Autumn Edited by John Coutts, Poet in Residence First on the Roundabout this month is a poem by Staff Nurse Dawn Martinez of Strathcarron Hospice. The Day Care Centre is closed, but it keeps

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The Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition Takes Flight at the Smith

Our latest exhibition is now on display in Gallery 1: Flights of Fancy by The Stirling & Districts Embroiderers’ Guild. Early in the year, the Guild was preparing for a showcase of works created around the themes of flight and dream.    However, this theme took on new meaning for members

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The September 2020 Poetry Roundabout

The Poetry Roundabout Baird and Hardie Memorial Edition September 2020 Edited by John Coutts, Poet in Residence In this edition we commemorate John Baird and Andrew Hardie, put to death in Stirling on Sept 6th 1820. Broadside ballad, 1830s (republished in Forward, 1912) There was widespread industrial unrest in Scotland

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The August 2020 Poetry Roundabout

Poetry Roundabout August 2020 Edited by John Coutts, Poet in Residence If all the pens that ever poets held Had fed the feeling of their master’s thoughts, And every sweetness that inspir’d their hearts, Their minds, and muses on admired themes; If all the heavenly quintessence they still From their

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Jane Anne Wright’s Watercolours of Stirling

The Smith is proud to house a collection of watercolours by Jane Anne Wright (1842-1922). Wright was born into a well-connected family and on her visits to wealthy Stirling families, she often painted their estates. This week on social media, we have explored just some of her watercolours of greater

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The July 2020 Poetry Roundabout

Poetry Roundabout July 2020 Edited by John Coutts, Poet in Residence ‘The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact… The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven, And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown,

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The Smith hosts The Guardian’s Great British Art Quiz

While museums have been closed due to the coronavirus, the Guardian has set up a weekly art quiz so people can explore and engage with art collections across the UK from the comfort of their own home.  This week, the quiz is all about artwork in our very own collection. 

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