Tam O’Shanter works go on show

An exhibition entitled “Tam O’Shanter in Kirkcudbright – Paintings by Alexander Goudie inspired by Robert Burns” runs in Kirkcudbright Town Hall from June 29 to August 26.

Alexander Goudie, born in Paisley in 1933 and with a lifelong love of Burns’s poetry, was highly respected for his portraits and still-lifes, died in 2004. His reputation puts him among the best Scottish painters of the 20th century and his works have been collected worldwide.

By 1996 Goudie had painted and sketched more than 60 images of Burns’s famous tale of Tam O’Shanter, the idle, often drunken, Ayr fellow who wandered off on his night-time adventure, leaving his long-suffering wife Kate to await his return. Bold colours, with atmospheric use of inky blues and fiery reds, are overlaid with fluorescent green and white chalks for the ghoulish events.

The group has been previously exhibited in Edinburgh during the Festival to enormous acclaim. It was at first intended as a selling exhibition, but its many admirers felt that the paintings should be kept together as a significant visual rendition of the tale.

Joe Campbell, chairman of Kirkcudbright 2000, said: “This is a story we all enjoy, brought to life with startling imagery, colour, movement and excitement. We have a new design for the exhibition and we are delighted to be able to remind people of the connection between Robert Burns and Kirkcudbright.”

The exhibition opens everyday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free, but donations are very welcome to support the work of the Kirkcudbright 2000 group. Audioguides will also be available to hire at reasonable rates in the exhibition.