The Airdrie Boys in Kirkcudbright lecture

River Annick, Kilmaurs by  John Cunningham
River Annick, Kilmaurs by John Cunningham

Kirkcudbright’s annual summer art exhibition is proving to be a hit with visitors having attracted almost 12,000 visits in the six weeks since it opened in Kirkcudbright Town Hall.

The ‘Airdrie Boys’ features the work of Scottish artists John Cunningham RGI DLitt (1926-1998) and Dan Ferguson RSW RGI (1925-1993). Both were born in Lanarkshire and educated at Airdrie Academy where their life-long friendship was formed. Both studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art and went on to become senior lecturers there, influencing the careers of many students. They exhibited in the same major shows in Scotland; the RGI, RSA and RSW and were both active members of the Glasgow Art Club.

Most of the paintings on display have been lent by the families of the two artists, and Anne and David Ferguson, son and daughter of Dan Ferguson, curated the exhibition with their colleague Jacqui Orr.

The nephew of John Cunningham, Alan Riach, who is Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, will be giving a walk around lecture on the lives and work of both artists on Wednesday, 26 August. The event is free and will take place within the exhibition in Kirkcudbright Town Hall at 2.30pm. This is a unique opportunity to hear a personal account of the two artists from one who knew both men very well and all are very welcome to attend. Booking is not necessary, simply turn up at that time.

The exhibition continues on display until Sunday, 30th August in Kirkcudbright Town Hall and is open every day from 10am to 5pm. There is free admission, but donations are very welcome.