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Albert Place, Dumbarton Road
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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

out of time memories of the neolithic - photographs by david paterson

Gallery 1, 18 January – 1 March 2015
Out of Time (Memories of the Neolithic) - Photographs by David Paterson

The Smith’s 2015 programme kicks off with a photography exhibition to get into the spirit of Dig It! 2015, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology (

David Paterson is a former commercial photographer who retired to Killin in Stirling district in 2003 after a long career as a freelance in the advertising and publishing industries. He began his career in Edinburgh, moving to London in the early 1980s. In both cities he worked for the leading advertising agencies, design groups and publishing houses of the day. He has published over a dozen books of landscape photography on subjects ranging from the Scottish Highlands to the Himalayas, and has held numerous exhibitions.

He enjoyed a 25-year collaboration with the internationally-renowned garden artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay, which gave rise to several more books, exhibitions and other publications. He now devotes himself to the photography of Scottish landscapes and nature.

Colin O’Brien, Chairman of the Smith Trustees said - It is a particular pleasure to welcome this exhibition of stunningly beautiful images from an internationally-known photographer who lives locally. The Stirling Smith serves the Stirling Council area from Killin and Crianlarich in the north, to Fallin and Throsk in the south, and we like to feature the work of artists who live here.

Scotland is rich in neolithic monuments and David Paterson has been photographing them from the 1970s to the present day. He writes, The stones tell us that humans have long been capable great feats of strength and organisation, and that they have been engaged since the beginning in a search for meaning and spirituality. These monuments speak directly to us and though we may no longer understand their language, we feel their power and mystery. They are messages written on the landscape; memories from out of time.

All works are for sale in the price range £150 - £300.

To welcome the exhibition, the Friends of the Smith will be supplying rock buns and coffee at the opening, 11am on Saturday 17 January. Please respond to museum@smithartgalleryandmuseum if you would like to attend.

The Battle for Polmaise - photograph copyright Alan Rae

6 March until July 2015
The Battle for Polmaise 1904-1985

March 1985 saw the end of the Miners’ Strike, the longest mass strike in European history. It ended without a negotiated settlement, but it had not been about wages, better conditions or material gain. It was about a principle – the right to work.

With the help of Daniel Tetstall, owner of the Polmaise Colliery FaceBook Page and Twitter account, the Smith has put together an exhibition to commemorate the titanic struggle of the Stirlingshire Miners to keep their jobs, their colliery open and their community alive. The village of Fallin was created in 1904 to house the miners brought to work in Polmaise 3&4 Colliery, one of the most productive deep mines in Scotland.

Through social media, interesting material has been brought to light. A photograph, showing a group of Fallin people, young and old, posing with their copies of the Workers' Weekly probably dates to 1923, when the paper was first published by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Fallin built a formidable reputation for strong unionisation; no picket was ever needed at Polmaise Collieries, as the work force was always in agreement when strike action was taken. Polmaise was on strike three weeks before the rest of Britain in 1984, and returned to work a week later than everyone else in 1985.

Polmaise 3&4 was also an award winning, record breaking pit, and a National Coal Board plan with an underground link to feed coal straight into Longannet Power Station, to be built in 1991, will be in the exhibition. Polmaise was closed, flooded and capped in 1987. Television clips, mainly from STV News, solely about Polmaise in 1984 -5 is an important part of the exhibition.

The Polmaise Banner of 1984, prominent in all of the major demonstrations during the Strike, is part of the Smith collections. Smaller items include colliery checks, triangular when going down the pit and circular when coming up, given to the miners so that missing bodies could be accounted for. The total death toll of the colliery, 1904 - 1987 was 55, as a commemorative plate shows. Miners' lamps, pit towels, laundry bags, a piece box and various portraits of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will also be in the exhibition, which will be opened by Dennis Canavan at 11am on Friday 6 March.

The Battle for Polmaise 1904-1985 exhibition is at the Smith from 6 March until July 2015. The Smith is open 10.30-5, Tuesday to Saturday and 2-5 on Sundays. Admission and parking free.

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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