Year of Stories 2022

Stories, we are all living in one, and they live within us, underpinning our traditions and heritage, preserving our identities and what we value about our wonderful Scotland.

Our Programme of Exhibitions and Events has been one of the most inclusive to date, our ambitions to link up our local communities, both younger and older generations, using every opportunity to highlight how important our story-telling traditions are in preserving our identities, values and heritage, successfully achieved!
Through our Exhibition Programme we have explored how creative practices can; tell a story; preserve a story/tradition/folklore/legend; be influenced by the story behind the maker/artist; be influenced by a maker/artist’s natural environment.
Please see below for a wee recap on our Year of Stories…
Supporting Visit Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

As part of our ‘West Kilbride Stories – Part I’ the pupils of West Kilbride Primary School took part in the following projects:

P4’s learned about the West Kilbride Story of Wool, visiting Campbelton Farm and The Barony Centre, being taught the importance of sustainable sheep farming and learning what sustainable products can be made from wool.

P5’s and 6’s were taken on a journey spanning a 1000 years, learning about the Hunters of Hunterston, one of the very few Clans in Scotland residing in their original Clan Seat. The pupils learned about the discovery of the Hunterston Brooch, one of Scotland’s most significant finds, and about the Hunterston medals awarded to community activists after the World War. They were then asked to design their own medals…

P7’s learned about the West Kilbride weaving heritage and were visited by weaver Ange Sewell, textile artist Karen Teal and artist Jane Hunter.

A series of small workshops were held at the school for the pupils to create their own piece of textile art, which is now hanging in their school hallway, their very own legacy left behind as they move on to the next stage in their academic life…

‘Island Stories’ – an Exhibition that celebrated stories of life on our West Coast Islands – from Bute Farming to Arran’s Machrie Moor Standing Stones, to the infamous Clearing Houses on Mull and theatrical story-telling from Cumbrae.

The wonderful Scottish Potters Association returned to The Barony Centre in May and what a fantastic exhibition it was! 

Exploring the theme of ‘Scottish Stories’, the exhibiting members created pieces that demonstrated a visual form of story-telling; from the Scottish legends of the Selkies and Kelpies; to stories of Scottish pottery; to pieces heavily influenced by Scottish writers; to stories inspired by the Scottish landscapes…

‘Story of an Artist’ was one of our main features for the year.

An exhibition exploring the stories behind 5 individual creative practitioners and one creative group celebrating their 10 year anniversary in 2022.

This exhibition was one of the most poignant and emotive exhibitions we have hosted to date – exploring how past events and paths taken can influence the stories of an artist/maker; how a creative destination is reached; a goal or ambition realised;  how the next steps can be some of the most significant in the journey…

‘Painting with Sound…the Story continues’ saw the return of internationally acclaimed Scottish Landscape Artist, Keith Salmon and audio engineers Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland.

It has been 4 years since The Barony Centre hosted ‘Painting with Sound – The Kylesku Project’ – a work-in-progress exploring the relationship between visual and audio.

Visually impaired Keith, along with Graham and Drew, have spent 7 years working on this project and this new exhibition brought their ‘story’ to life – an emotive and wonderful exhibition of both landscapes and soundscapes, pushing the boundaries of traditional Art Exhibitions, defining the importance and relevance of multi media in Today’s creative world.