Burns exhibition on at The Lillie

Lillie Art Gallery Karen Dunbar reciting Tam O' Shanter for opening of Alexander Goudie exhibition

Lillie Art Gallery Karen Dunbar reciting Tam O' Shanter for opening of Alexander Goudie exhibition

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Entertainer Karen Dunbar wowed the crowds when she recited Burns’ poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie.

The event marked the launch of an art exhibition depicting the famous 18th century character.

‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’ – is a free exhibition and features 30 of artist Alexander Goudie’s celebrated collection, which depict the Burns classic. The collection is on loan to the Lillie from Rozelle House until March 18.

A manuscript copy of ‘Tam O’Shanter’ in Robert Burns own hand (on loan from East Ayrshire Leisure) will be on display as well.

Scott Hill, chair of EDLC Trust, said: “The launch was a great success. Over 150 people turned up despite the bad weather. Karen Dunbar’s performance was amazing and she stayed around afterwards to chat to people, sign autographs and have photos taken.

“The exhibition is a real coup for the Lillie and a culmination of two years of hard work by Trust staff. We are really proud to be welcoming this to East Dunbartonshire. It’s a golden opportunity to see these marvellous works on our doorstep. Special thanks go to South Ayrshire Council who loaned us the art work and East Ayrshire Council who loaned us the hand written poem by Robert Burns.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, added: “If you are you part of a local community group you can jump on the TAMTRAM, a free bookable bus to take you and your friends to ‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’ at the Lillie. There are also free guided talks of the exhibition by Bearsden and Milngavie Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Saturdays.”

To book, call 0141 777 3143 or email: edlc.bookings@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.