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 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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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 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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Dutch Art Exhibition on ArtUK

The closure of museums has prompted ArtUK to create a new tool for curating virtual exhibitions using artwork from collections across the UK.  Since the Stirling Smith’s exhibiting exhibition programme for 2020 has been delayed, we thought we would test this new ‘Curations’ tool out with an exhibition looking at

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Introducing: Journeys in Art

The Stirling Smith is launching a weekly art history video series beginning on 17 June. While the museum is closed we still feel it is important to produce engaging content for the community.  We hope that you will enjoy this introduction to art history series. What was rebellious about the

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Online Mindful Art Sessions Offer Respite During Coronavirus Lockdown

Together with a local mindfulness business, Tranceform Therapies, the Stirling Smith has been hosting free online mindfulness sessions on our Facebook page. The sessions, which began on 13 May, take place every second Wednesday via Facebook Live and look at a different painting each time. The first session focused on A

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Stirling Smith Paintings in Animal Crossing New Horizons

On Monday, 18 May we celebrated International Museum Day with museums and galleries across the world…and now in the digital sphere.  Nintendo’s latest release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken the world by storm and it too, is celebrating International Museum Day.   For those who don’t know, the game

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The Stirling Wolf

Have you ever wandered around Stirling and noticed wolves decorating many parts of the city? The reason for this is that the wolf is a symbol of Stirling and has been since the early medieval period. Long ago, in the 9th century, the small town of Stirling found itself on

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Black Beast Wanderer

In keeping with the weather brought by the #beastfromtheeast, the featured image is of the only Scottish beast which can truly withstand freezing temperatures. ‘Black Beast Wanderer’ is the title of Joseph Denovan Adam’s study of a solitary highland cow, caught up in a snow storm. Adam (1842 – 1896)

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