Remarkable new national art collection captures the grit and glory of

life along Scotland’s coastline

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.

Kate Downie (Scottish, b.1958), ARI Mural Design No.1, 1988,Mixed media on watercolour paper

The exhibition will feature over 80 works gathered for the collection over the last three years through SMMart, an ambitious project to create a nationally significant art collection to enrich the nationally recognised maritime heritage at the Museum.

An exciting programme of art-related events runs throughout the exhibition. The full list of events can be downloaded here:  Maritime_Perspectives_Events_Flyer.pdf