Jun 17 2011 by Yonnie McInnes, Kilmarnock Standard
BURNS REVEALED – an exhibition by Ayrshire’s own internationally acclaimed artist Peter Howson – ends on July 3.
If you haven’t seen this already – the first exhibition to be hosted by the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – time is running out.
The impressive, large scale works explore Burns’ darker side, portraying the bard as never before.
Museum Director Nat Edwards said: “Peter Howson, a great Ayrshire artist with deep affection for Burns, was a wonderful first exhibitor for our museum.
“His works have been hugely popular with visitors and, we feel, have added a great deal to the visitor experience, reflecting themes that we have tried to address in the museum – Who was Burns and how he has been portrayed over the centuries.”
This is going to be a cliff-hanger of a week for all those involved in the running of this award-winning museum in Alloway, which is run by the National Trust for Scotland.
The RBBM is on a shortlist of just four finalists for the £100,000 Arts Fund Prize, the result of which will be announced live on BBC Radio 4 this Wednesday evening.
The museum has consistently come top of the online public voting poll for the competition, which was established as a guideline to the distinguished panel of judges.
The finalists won’t know who has won until the live announcement by chairman of the judges Michael Portillo, so the team at the RBBM is bound to be doing a lot of finger-crossing this week.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which is well worth a look for visitors and residents alike, is open daily from 10am until 5.30pm.