The Studio and Gallery 86 Main Street  Kilbirnie  KA25 7AA
07963 348934 Opened first of April 2017

One of the purposes of our gallery is to provide a relatively large exhibition space for solo shows. We are aware of the difficulties many artists have when trying to break into the major commercial galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We want to give artists the opportunity to hang a significant representation of their work, rather than them merely getting a single item placed in a commercial gallery.

We are keen to help promote the artists we exhibit, so each exhibition will be shot on video, edited, and provided with a commentary. This will be available permanently on this website, and also on our Youtube site which has many videos and over 150,000 views with currently about 1500 subscribers.

We will also conduct an in-depth interview with the artist in which we explore their work, their sources and the ways in which their style has evolved. Together with the video this will give the artist a sort of portfolio through which they can contact other, perhaps more commercial, galleries. We can also assist with the creation of print-on-demand catalogues of an artist's work. You can see examples of some of these under the Catalogue menu.

We provide a classic exhibition space, white walls, wooden floor and good top lighting with no shadows cast on the work. We have little interest, or expertise in the commercial side of art, but we try to act as advocates for the artists we take on.

Another aspect of our gallery is an educational one. Adam McLean has over the years researched manuscripts, early woodcuts and engravings, exploring how this imagery has often shaped our modern visual landscape. Thus he curated exhibitions on Astronomy in Art, and The Witch Figure, and plans a number more, on the dragon, angels and demons, the Apocalyse, alchemy, Freemasonic imagery and similar themes.

We do like to give some prominance to artists local to our area. We may also explore the possibilty of exhibiting a collection of artwork, gathered by a collector rather than an artist. Such collectors are often key to helping art become better known, but are not always given recognition.