Writing the light: St Andrews Museum's McTaggart exhibition features poetry from StAnza

Friday 3 June 2011

David Kinloch with the McTaggart poets at StAnza in March

Sunshine or rain notwithtstanding, pay a visit to the wonderful McTaggart’s Scottish Shorelines, Paintings from East and West, which has just opened at St Andrews Museum for the summer. It features 12 works by the famous Scottish painter, accompanied by poems written during StAnza back in March.

The poems are the result of a workshop led by the poet David Kinloch., in which participants were asked to respond to works by William McTaggart. A crofter’s son from Kintyre, McTaggart became known as the ‘Scottish Impressionist’ for his painting style, his love of nature, and because, like his French counterparts, he painted outdoors. Above all, the artist was fascinated by the sea.

The imaginative lyrics evoke the light and drama of McTaggart’s seascapes such as ‘The Storm’ and ‘Breezy June, Cauldron Bay’. Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone was invited to the opening last week  – and some tea and scones from the museum's cafe. She was delighted with the exhibition: ‘How wonderful to have such an intriguing suite of poems alongside McTaggart’s glorious paintings,' she said. 'I’m sure the poets will be delighted to see them exhibited together.’

The exhibition runs until 4 September at St Andrews Museum, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife. The scones are excellent, too.