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Stirling Smith Re-Ignites Cultural Scene


Categories: Charities and Third-Sector, Constituency, Culture and Tourism

Treasured Local Institution Kicks Off New Exhibition

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum kicked off its latest attraction on Friday 3rd September, with a dazzling new exhibition from artist Robert Mach: ‘The Perfect Foil’. Visitors flocked to see the thought-provoking works, which combine political and cultural objects and images with confectionery wrappers to transform the everyday into the extraordinary.

Running until Sunday 14th November, the exhibition marks a fresh chapter in Stirling’s cultural scene as organisations across the area gear up to showcase the very best of local history, culture, events and art following pandemic-related disruption.

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP were joined by local Councillor Jim Thomson for the exhibition launch, which was made all the more pertinent by the recent announcement of Stirling’s bid for UK City of Culture 2025.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Stirling has a great story to tell in terms of our cultural output. We’re steeped in history, with world-class tourist attractions and sites; our events and live music guest list grows by the year; our local creatives are some of the best in Scotland – and there’s ambitious plans to harness the full economic and social potential of our cultural offerings to boost Stirling’s post-pandemic recovery. Robert’s work was fascinating, and I urge people in Stirling to pay the Smith a visit over the coming weeks to see his art for themselves.’

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum remains a treasured asset to our city, showcasing thought-provoking artwork and as well as helping tell Stirling’s story to the world. Robert’s work is quite clever, and certainly a feather in the cap of the Smith to attract such a talented artist. Our cultural institutions will be central to Stirling’s plans for sustainable economic growth, and the Smith will have an important role to play in channelling Stirling’s potential.’

Dr Heather Carroll, Exhibition and Events Officer at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum said:

‘It was really great to see support for the exhibition launch from so many local people in Stirling. The past 18 months have been extremely tough for Scotland’s cultural sector, but we’ve all kept working hard to secure our shared heritage for everyone to continue enjoying well into the future. Robert’s fantastic exhibition runs until November 14th, and it’s definitely not one to miss.’


Background is a picture of (left to right): Stirling Councillor Jim Thomson, Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed, Stirling Smith Exhibition and Events Officer Heather Carroll, and Stirling MP Alyn Smith.