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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

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

Hugh Green’s Stirlingshire

Gallery 1, 28 August - 2 November 2014
Hugh Green’s Stirlingshire

The life and work of Hugh Green, an artist who was based in Bridge of Allan, decorator and friend of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is celebrated in a new exhibition in Stirling. The Stirling Smith museum will exhibit Hugh Green’s place in the Arts and Crafts movement in Stirlingshire. As a winner of a Glasgow School of Art medal for textile design in 1915, Hugh Green was a founder member of the Stirling Circle of Arts and Crafts in 1928. His wallpaper, textile and linoleum designs will be shown together for the first time, with his fine watercolour landscapes.

The exhibition was managed and created by historian James Wedlake, who is at the end of his internship as part of the Museums Galleries Scotland programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. James researched into Hugh Green’s life and work, sourcing items for the collection from private ownership, negotiating loans and purchases, conducting interviews, digitising images, selecting frames, and writing a 19,000 word catalogue.

James Wedlake, intern at Stirling Smith Museum, said, "It was an honour to research into Hugh Green’s life and work. We hope that many people across Scotland will be drawn to Stirling Smith to see the exhibition in August and September to find out more about this fascinating man who had a big influence on textile design in Stirlingshire."

This special story of an artist-housepainter has won in kind sponsorship support from premier paint manufacturers, Craig and Rose (established 1829), with match funding from Arts and Business Scotland and Bonham’s Scotland’s International Sale Room.

Gordon McFarlan, Director of Bonhams said, "Until now the work of Hugh Green was so little known that is name didn’t even feature in standard dictionaries of Scottish artists. This situation has now been rectified as a result of the work of James Wedlake and the Smith Art Gallery. Bonhams Scotland is delighted lend its support to this ground-breaking exhibition."

Gallery 2, 16 April - 12 October 2014
Bannockburn 700
700 years after the Battle, we look at what Bannockburn has done for us.

With thousands coming to Stirling for the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, this free exhibition looks back at the history of the battle site, the Bannockburn community and the impact of the battle on the Scottish nation, 1314 – 2014, and elsewhere.

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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