Saturday, 17 January 2009


An exhibition to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the Year of Homecoming, 2009.
Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, has an unrivalled place in the affections of the people of Scotland. He is also known all over the world. His birthday on 25 January is celebrated in Burns suppers, and the words of his poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is sung in a spirit of reconciliation and friendship at the last stroke of midnight on the last day of every year in every Continent. The poetry of Robert Burns, both in Scots and English, has become an important part of Scottish national identity. His personality, democratic and generous, has also become an ideal for many Scots.
The photographers Ross Gillespie and Tricia Malley have marked the Homecoming celebration by making a series of portraits of prominent Scots and adopted Scots. Each sitter has been asked to respond to a quotation from Burns, and to reflect upon the continued relevance of Burns in modern Scotland.
The resulting portraits and commentaries, brought together in this exhibition, make for a celebration of contemporary Scottish culture, and a reinforcement of the values and aspirations that found their perfect expression in the poetry of Robert Burns.
• 22nd January - 14th February
2009 Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
• February - March 2009
Gallery & Art Museum, Inverness
• March 2009
Stanza Festival, St Andrews
• April 2009
Swanson Gallery, Thurso
• May 2009
St Fergus Gallery, Wick
• June 2009
Iona Gallery, Kingussie
• August 2009
National Galleries, Edinburgh
• September 2009
Duff House, Aberdeen
• Nov 2009 - Jan 2010
Scotland House, Brussels

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
End Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Address: Touring Across Scotland including Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Inverness, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Thurso, Wick and Kingussie
Region: Throughout Scotland

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