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Past Exhibitions
Sixties Stirling
Scottish Salon
In Nepal
Dunmore Pottery
Space and Time
Stirling Girls
Pots and Paint
E.H. Shepard
Robert Burns
Miniature Print
Stirling Childhood
John Paterson
Henry Morley
Ronald Forbes
William Wallace
Japanese Art
Leonardo da Vinci
Big Beast Pictures
Hugh Green

Albert Place, Dumbarton Road
Tel: 01786 471917

Stirling Smith

Founded in 1874 with a legacy from Thomas Stuart Smith, Painter and collector. The Smith gallery and museum in Stirling houses a wide range of paintings,artworks, historical and archaeological material and a changing programme of exhibitions.
Programmes for adults and children include art exhibitions, events, workshops and school education service.

Open All year
Tues-Sat 10.30-5 and Sundays 2-5.
Admission is free.
Disabled access and facilities
Cafe serves lunches, snacks, teas and coffees with home baking and is open daily to 4.30pm.
The friends of the Smith offer guided tours every Wednesday afternoon to groups and individuals and at other times by arrangement. For further information please telephone 01786 471917


The Stirling Smith is proud to create and host a wide variety of different exhibitions every year, showcasing many different disciplines including fine art, social history, cultural history and other subjects of local and national interest.

In recent years we have presented exhibitions focusing on subjects ranging from the history of golf to the Titanic. Others have dealt with the lives of illustrious figures of Scottish history such as George Buchanan and Sir William Wallace, and celebrated the work of artists from all over the world. There are always new and exciting things to see in our galleries.

SEE Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions at the
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

Diversity - Art Unlimited at Stirling smith

Gallery 1, 7 November 2014 - 6th January 2015
Diversity - Art Unlimited

The exhibition brings together a group of artists who have exhibited together for many years.

We chose the title 'Diversity' for this exhibition to give an indication of the wide range of styles and interests of the artists in the group. There will be something to appeal to everyone, including paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and assemblages.

All the Artwork is original and for sale and could make an interesting and unusual Christmas gift.

Ailsa Black's art at Stirling smith

Gallery 2, 6 December - 17th January 2015
Ailsa Black's Art

Keep it simple and be happy is the essence of Ailsa Black's art.

This Christmas she brings her first major exhibition to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling.

Images are created which capture the good things in life: an imaginary captured conversation between a hare and a blackbird; or the quiet stolen moment a man shares with his dog.

The inspiration drawn from her love of the land and sea, animals, birds and people presented in a contemporary and humorous way, make a popular choice as Christmas Gifts.

All art works are for sale, with prices starting at just £69.

A heavenly gift for the Stirling Smith

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum artist June Carey RSW

This year is the 140th birthday of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, the gift of Thomas Stuart Smith (1814-1869) to his family town. To celebrate it, artist June Carey RSW, also a native of Stirling has gifted two angels who will fly into a permanent position over the door of the main gallery. The angels share a gold star and star dust between them, in homage to T. S. Smith’s Art Gallery, and carry significant objects from the Smith’s collections.

The male angel has the Guildry Ring of 1340 over his left arm. The female angel has the Key of Stirling over her right arm. Both have images of the Stirling Heads on their arms and are tattooed with June Carey's love poems.

June Carey has spent months perfecting the size, shape and content of the mural to suit the spaces in the Smith’s archway. Elspeth King, Director of the Stirling Smith said, "Paintings for the architectural spaces in public buildings in Scotland are a rarity. With this work, the artist has complemented the classical architecture, given meaning to the collection, beautified the building and thanked Thomas Stuart Smith in the only way in which a good artist can be thanked – with a beautiful work of art, which will endure."

Colin O’Brien, Chair of the Smith Trustees and a member of Stirling Guildry said, "Many objects from the ancient Guildry of Stirling are in the Smith’s collections, and we deeply appreciate seeing the importance of the Guildry symbolised in this precious Stirling painting."

An outstanding Scottish artist, June Carey has a lifetime’s work behind her, which she has drawn together in a special book, The Art of June Carey: Seeing through the Dreams. Prices are £16.99 (paperback) £22.99 (hardback) and £120.00 (limited edition hardback with etching).

This is an opportunity to buy an important work encompassing a slice of Scotland – and Stirling’s – art history in a year which his significant for all of us. The installation costs of the mural have been met with money from the Janey Buchan Memorial Fund. Janey Buchan (1926 – 2012) was a Trustee of the Stirling Smith, Member of the European Parliament for Glasgow 1979 – 1994, and was actively involved in all of the creative arts - music, theatre, film making and museums and galleries.

Stirling Smith - Farm Life Image
The Stirling Story

The main exhibition in Gallery 3 of the Stirling Smith art gallery and museum is The Stirling Story, telling the story of Stirling from pre-history to the 20th century. Using artefacts from the Stirling Smith collections, topics include the Romans, Wallace and Bruce, Renaissance Stirling, Jacobite Rising, trades and industry, agriculture and the two World Wars.

This important display features for the first time in the Smith's history, an interpretation of the history of Stirling, told using artefacts from the Smith collections. It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and sponsorship from Scottish Amicable.

Allow at least 1 hour for browsing as the exhibition is full of detail. A variety of quizzes & games are provided for children.

St Andrew's Day Special: The Football's Coming Home


Wallace in Stirling Again


Unique 19th century sampler gifted to the Smith

New Wallace Acquisitions at the Stirling Smith

Ailie's Garden at the Stirling Smith Now Open

Joseph Denovan Adam Painting On Show

Two Paintings Gifted to the Smith
Stirling Smith - Farm Life Image

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