The Dick Institute, the Baird Institute and Doon Valley Museum, proudly exhibit an ambitious range of temporary exhibitions. Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute formed a significant part of the successful Creative Place Award bid, hosting large scale shows including Wallace and Gromit, Radical Nature, Bill Viola, Quentin Blake, as well as significant shows and new commissions from Scotland’s leading contemporary visual artists including Christine Borland, Kenny Hunter, Graham Fagen and Michael Visocchi as well as works by applied artists Simon Ward and Timorous Beasties, and even poetry by Rab Wilson!
We also exhibit a range of semi-permanent exhibitions which highlight East Ayrshire’s social and natural science collections. A current highlight is a display featuring Johnnie Walker & Sons, the worldwide whisky phenomenon, as well as a replica of John Wilson’s printing press, which printed the first book of Robert Burns’ poems – Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect – more commonly known as the Kilmarnock Edition. Original Burns manuscripts are also on display including The Twa Dogs and the Cottar’s Saturday Night.
Our exhibitions welcome more than 380,000 visitors each year, and 4700 people take part in one or more of our many events and workshops which accompany the programme. There really is something for everyone at our beautiful venues.
Requests for the loan of Museums, Arts and Theatre Service display equipment such as display case and panels will be considered from local groups and societies. Advice on display techniques can also be given. Email your request to email@example.com and we’ll get in touch.