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Come along to the HAC's latest exhibition
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Come along to the HAC's latest exhibition

Posted on 25 Oct 2021

A new exhibition supported by North Ayrshire Council’s Arts & Culture Team has been unveiled at the Harbour Arts Centre.

An annual celebration of the artistic talent on our doorstep, the Courtyard Studios Exhibition is a collaborative display of creative works by the super talented Courtyard artists who have been thriving throughout the pandemic in the art studios next door.

Nestled in the historic Irvine Harbourside and located adjacent to the HAC, Courtyard Studios is a multi-studio complex converted by registered charity Wasps – Scotland’s national provider of arts and creative studios.

The much-anticipated annual exhibition showcases the talent of 12 talented artists who are displaying a variety of diverse creative practices.

From colourful, contemporary paintings to traditional scenic landscapes and impactful digital photography, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Courtyard Studios Annual exhibition.

And ahead of the festive period, the exhibition also has a host of hand-crafted items on display including luxury leather goods by Kelly Espindola and sculptural silver jewellery by Sheila Kerr.

Artists taking part include:

-       May Byrne, Scottish Contemporary Landscape Painter

-       Margaret Carslaw, Scottish Fine Artist

-       Brian Craig, Scottish contemporary photographer

-       Kelly Espindola, creator of handmade leather accessories

-       Margaret Johnston, artist, oil on board

-       Sheila Kerr, sculptural jewellery artist

-       Tom McEwan, Scottish oils and watercolour painter

-       Eliz McGinn, fine art oil painter

-       Graham McKean, graphic designer, and oil painter

-       David Reid, Irvine-based painter

-       Alison Thomas, specialising in quirky paintings and handmade crafts

-       And bold, graphics-based guest artist Kevin O’Rourke.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy, said: “We are delighted that the Harbour Arts Centre is playing host to the Annual Courtyard Exhibition as we support our local creative community who have continued to create, intrigue and inspire us throughout the pandemic.

 “The exhibition is a fantastic mood-booster now that the darker nights are drawing closer, so if you’re in need of an escape and want to learn more about the wealth of artistic talent making their mark here in North Ayrshire, the HAC’s latest exhibition is the perfect place to do just that.”

The exhibition is open now until 4pm on Saturday 18 November 2021.

Entry is by booking only and tickets are limited for each session. The exhibition is open from Wednesday to Saturday and runs until the 13 November 2021. Book your free ticket online at: