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Scottish Maritime Museum Art Exhibition – 1 June – 21 October 2018


The Scottish Maritime Museum will unveil a remarkable new national art collection featuring works by artists such as FCB Cadell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Muirhead Bone, Kate Downie and John Bellany in a major art exhibition opening on Friday 1st June.

John Bellany (Scottish, 1942-2013), The Dawn Pearl in Port Seton Harbour, c.2006, Oil on canvas

‘Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation’, which will run at the Scottish Maritime Museum on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, until Sunday 21st October, will be the first full showing for the new art collection which captures life along Scotland’s coastline in all its grit and glory.

Bellany honoured in Italy


John Bellany was honoured this month in the Tuscan town of Barga. A memorial plaque to the artist, who lived in the region for over a decade, was erected in the town square. The event was attended by local dignitaries and Bellany’s widow, Helen, gave a heart warming speech about the love affair they both had with the region and the effect it had on John’s work.