As Ithers See Us


As Ithers See Us is the latest exhibition in the contemporary programme at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and includes work by:

Tracey Bush, Patxa Ibarz Gil, Alison Jackson, Hironori Katagiri, Masakatsu Kondo, Ivan Lebedev & Mikhail Magaril, Rachel Maclean, Samantha McEwen, Hadi Mehrpouya and Robert Powell, Neave Shackleton, Francisca Prieto, Thurle Wright – Venue: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ (Map) – Dates: 10 May 2014 – 21 September 2014 – Times: Every Day 10am – 5pm (Admission free)

“As Ithers See Us”, a mixed group contemporary art exhibition. The much quoted title of the show was taken from Robert Burns’s “To a Louse” and, on display, will be an interesting and varied selection of artwork, almost exclusively, by artists from countries outside Scotland, including Chile, Iran, Spain, Japan, Russia and Zimbabwe. With a Public Opening at 11.00 am on Saturday 10 May, the exhibition will run until 21 September. As Ithers See Us brings together our trademark eclectic range of work by an exciting group of artists and will include work ranging from a pair of customised Y-fronts to a Scottish search engine. Programme manager Sheilagh Tennant says:

“2014 is an important year for Scotland and we thought it appropriate to mark this year’s events. However, rather than go down a more politically obvious route, we decided it would be more interesting to have an exhibition displaying work conveying views or impressions of aspects of Scotland by artists who have not grown up immersed in our culture.”

Museum Director Nat Edwards says:

“This exhibition is a very timely reminder that the culture and future of Scotland has an international dimension. Who better than contemporary artists to hold up a critical glass that shows us on one hand how much we matter to the world while, on the other stopping us from getting too self-important? Burns would have thoroughly approved.”