The Barony Centre's creative programme for 2016 continues its blend of accessible exhibitions and challenging, innovative shows.  This is entirely fitting as the Scottish Government has named 2016 the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. 

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop has said:

Innovation Architecture Design

Innovation Architecture Design

"2016 presents a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to showcase to the world the incredible resource and skills that we have in our architects and designers.  The year will also mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the focus year theme is timed to coincide with a year-long RIAS Festival of Architecture".

The Barony Centre itself is an example of excellence in Scottish design; this outstanding example of a church conversion is the holder of several architectural plaudits,  including winning a Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award in 2012 and being Highly Commended and Commended in two categories of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Awards in 2013.

Our organisation is committed to maintaining access to our builiding and its high quality exhibitions for as wide an audience as possible, therefore we are delighted to confirm that entry to our venue remains free of charge in 2016.


Irish Contemprary Ceramics Awards 2015

6th February – 27th March 2016

The Barony Centre Exhibition Area.

The Barony Centre Exhibition Area.

Inaugurated in 2008 by John Goode, Mill Cove Galleries, the Irish Sculptural Ceramics Awards provides awards for innovation, decoration, design and creativity. These independent awards have established a larger audience for ceramics while supporting emerging and established Irish ceramic artists.   


Deirdre Nelson - The Kildas

9th April – 5th June 2016

Artist Deirdre Nelson undertook a modern day pilgrimage in search of ‘Saint’ Kilda, Deirdre travelled to the Kildas of Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. The resulting works reward and celebrate those met along the way. Silver Coins from Scotland, Australia and New Zealand have been repurposed into medals. These are combined with wool from each St Kilda region (from Soay and merino sheep) and Kildas sand embedded in bio resin. The project links both past and present, north and south and the people who inhabit the Kildas.


New for Old Thailand

18th June – 31th July 2016

The Barony Centre is delighted to have the support of The British Council and the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) in presenting New for Old, an exhibition showcasing the exchange and collaboration in craft and design between Scottish and Thai makers and designers, originally hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Scotland-based designer-makers include Lorna Fraser, Sam Goates, Anna S. King and Naomi McIntosh. Thailand-based designer-makers include Flow Jewellery, Homlom Studio, Jetsada Studio, PATAPiAN, Pin Metal Life, Plural Designs, Thaniya and Vassana.


Naked Craft

13th August – 23rd October 2016

Martin Campbell, Weave Sat Together, 2015.

Martin Campbell, Weave Sat Together, 2015.

The Naked Craft Network is an international research project that brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish craft.  Naked Craft is designed to be playful in how it engages a public audience; at a time in popular culture when the words “handcrafted” and “artisanal” are the “it” words of marketing houses, attention must be redirected back to craft itself.


Alternative Giving 2016

5th November – 24th December

 Focusing on high quality work, this year's Alternative Giving showcases both decorative and fine art traditons; alongside beautiful and thought provoking objects designed and made by innovative craft makers, the work of Ayrshire painters and printmakers will also be on show.

We will be launching Own Art!

Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan.

Own Art loans are available through our network of member galleries for the purchase of contemporary art and craft of any kind, and in any media.

Own Art loans allow you to borrow from as little as £100 up to a maximum of £2,500 for the purchase of works of art by living artists.

There is no limit on the number of times you can use Own Art, but we recommend that you don't apply for more than one loan at a time. Each loan application is subject to a credit check, and your application may be declined if you have not yet already established a repayment record for an existing Own Art loan, or if the finance company considers that the total amount of credit you are asking for is too high in relation to your income.

The minimum you can borrow is £100 (monthly repayment of £10), but this can be used to cover a group of lower value items whose combined total adds up to £100 or more.

If you are buying something more valuable than £2,500 you can use an Own Art loan as a part payment. Please note that you cannot apply for multiple Own Art loans to cover the costs of a single purchase.

That means you can choose more or less anything you want from paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture, to glassware, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and textiles.

However, there are a few restrictions which are useful to remember before you set your heart on something:

Works of art for purchase with an Own Art loan must be by a contemporary (i.e. living) artist

That's because we want the scheme to help support artists of today by encouraging sales of their work to new buyers.

Works of art must be created by and attributable to the artist

That is to say, they must be original works of art and not reproductions or copies.

Own Art is available for the purchase of limited edition prints and multiples only where the artist has produced these in an edition of 150 or less

This is because we want to ensure that prints sold on the scheme are of the highest quality and avoid our customers buying prints produced in editions of several hundred where the artist has had little or no involvement in the production of the image.

Own Art cannot be used for the purchase of Giclée prints except where the artist has used digital technology specifically in order to conceive and create an image in this media. Giclée prints that are reproductions of original images created in other media are excluded, even if they have been signed and numbered by the artists.