New art exhibition launched

A NEW art exhibition, showcasing the restoration of Bo’ness town centre, has been launched in the town.

“A Stroll Thru’ Bo’ness” features 15 drawings by Robert Cairns. Historic structures such as Dymock’s Buildings, The Hippodrome cinema, the historic harbour and railway station plus the former St Mary’s Church and the Liberal Club are captured in pen and ink and watercolour.

The exhibition was launched at a preview event last night (Wedneday) by Labour Councillor Adrian Mahoney. It runs at the town’s regeneration office every afternoon until October 17. Admission is free.

Councillor Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s convener of economic strategy and development, said: “Bo’ness has an incomparable wealth of historic buildings for a town of its size. Now these have been captured uniquely and distinctively in this excellent exhibition by leading Scottish artist, Robert Cairns.

“He sketched a variety of sites around the town centre as work started on the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project. It’s a fascinating collection and I am sure the free exhibition will be popular with both local people and visitors. The exhibition celebrates the changes the Bo’ness THI is making to the town centre where many empty and deteriorating buildings have been brought back into use.”

Robert Cairns said: “I’ll be there each day of the exhibition – in residence, if you like. People can come along and ask questions about the work.

“It was great to visit Bo’ness and capture the changes going on. The town has some fantastic architecture being brought back to life by the Townscape Heritage project. I hope people enjoy seeing my interpretation of the town and its buildings.”

Every visitor will also be offered the chance to enter a free draw to win a signed copy of one of the drawings.

Robert Cairns was commissioned by Falkirk Council as part of the £5 million Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which has transformed the centre of Bo’ness through the Hippodrome restoration, grants to refurbish privately-owned historic buildings, new lighting, street furniture and paving.  He embarked on his series of studies at the beginning of the THI work and all the structures featured in the exhibition are in the port’s conservation or the core town centre area which has Outstanding Conservation Area status.

* The exhibition will be open every day from October 7 to 17 (from 1p.m. to 6p.m.) at the town’s Regeneration Office, 27-29 North Street, Bo’ness.

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