Tam O’Shanter’s tale in paintings

Tam O'Shanter paintings
Tam O'Shanter paintings

Popular comedian Karen Dunbar will recite Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie on Saturday, January 17.

The event at 2.30pm has been organised to mark the launch of an art exhibition about the famous 18th century character.

‘Tam O’Shanter - A Tale Told in Paintings’ – will feature 30 of artist Alexander Goudie’s celebrated collection, which depicts the Burns classic. The collection is on loan to the Lillie from Rozelle House (South Ayrshire Council) from January 10 – March 18.

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “This is a real coup for the Lille and culmination of two years of hard work by Trust staff. We are really proud to be welcoming this exhibition to East Dunbartonshire and it’s a golden opportunity to see these marvellous works on our doorstep.

“It’s Scottish culture at its best, combining poetry, paintings and Burns in the most accessible way. You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate these paintings; they have something for everyone.

“This exhibition of 30 fabulous paintings depicts the haunting Burns poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’. They are a wonderfully rich and accessible group of works which combine, drama, humour, horror and folklore. Alexander Goudie, the highly acclaimed Scottish painter was a gifted draughtsman and illustrator, his skill and attention to detail is combined with a theatrical drama that brings the poem to life in a wonderfully unique and expressive way.”

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

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration, added: “This exhibition is a national treasure and I hope as many local people as possible come along to see it. We are also delighted that the very talented Karen Dunbar will perform a recital at the launch – which will definitely be one to remember.”