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Only two more days of the Wyllie exhibition here at the Collins! It's been a huge success - we'll be sad to see it end. So tomorrow we are open 10 - 5 and Saturday 12 - 4. Please come along if you haven't seen it yet!!


George catching up with life-long friends Richard Demarco and Dawson Murray


George's daughters presented him with his newly refurbished double bass as a special gift on the opening night of the exhibition. He was clearly delighted and gave us a wee strum!


Be Suspicious!


Flying Fishes by George Wyllie


We are very much looking forward to tomorrow night's exhibition preview, George Wyllie : A Life Less Ordinary. If you aren't familiar with his work you will be by the time you've seen this exhibition! If you know and love him already this show will be a brilliant reminder of his prolific career as an artist. The exhibition looks at both his life and his work.


This is the final week of our current textile exhibition, Cutting through Time!


'The Desert of Forbidden Art'
The Collins Gallery will be the first Scottish venue to screen this remarkable film, on Tuesday, 13 March from 6.00 -8.30pm.
Entrance fee to include refreshments:
£4, payable on entry.

During the Soviet rule, artists who stayed true to their vision were executed, or sent to mental hospitals or Gulags. Their plight inspired young Igor Savitsky. He pretended to buy state-approved art but instead, daringly rescued 40,000 works by forbidden, fellow artists to create a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he managed to cajole funds to buy the artworks from the same authorities who are banning it. Thus, Savitsky amassed an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art.

In this award-winning film, Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists' children and rare archival footage, The Desert of Forbidden Art illustrates a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom.


Exhibition preview tomorrow evening, 6 - 8pm. Jeanette Sendler - Cutting through Time.


Comin up in the New Year, 2 workshops with Jeanette Sendler. See website (from tomorrow) for more details. Vintage Sewing + Pattern Cutting.


We have a beautiful exhibition on display until 17 December. The Scottish Basket Makers' Circle and the Scottish Potters' Association have worked together to create many collaborative installations. We also have a shop area selling some of their pieces. Great for holiday gifts! A small selection can be seen in some of the below photos.


Fire and Fibre, exhibition installation


Fire and Fibre, exhibition shop items


We'd like to welcome all to the preview of our next exhibition on Saturday the 19th from 12noon to 4pm,

Fire and Fibre

Collaborative artworks and installations
by members of the Scottish Potters’ Association
the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle

19 November – 17 December

Following the successes of experimental partnership projects by members of both groups in 2007 & 2009, this new body of work will comprise over 35 artworks in which 23 makers have collaborated to compliment and push the boundaries of each other’s practices. In response to the space afforded by the Collins Gallery, many have opted to create dynamic, large scale installations which include other media such as film and sound. Themes range from aspects of the Scottish landscape to political statements.
Individual makers will also be represented by a range of smaller pieces which will be available for immediate sale. Ideal for festive presents!


Our current sale of catalogues, published by both the Collins and National Museums/Galleries ends on Saturday 12 November. Everything, including limited edition prints of aircraft by Dugald Cameron, is under £5.
Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-4


Margaret Mellis


Telfer Stokes


Ann Stokes


Charlotte Mellis


Our new exhibition opens this Friday evening from 6 - 8 pm.
All welcome!

Mellis : Stokes
Colour & Form



Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm




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