Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition

Arts & Culture
The Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition at Creetown comprises twelve large granite sculptures.

About Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition

The Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition is an outdoor exhibition located on the outskirts of Creetown on the Newtonstewart side and overlooking the village. The entrance is via the large iron gates of the adjoining WhiskyBroker warehouses.

The location somewhat unusually is a derelict industrial site. It has pleasant views towards the Galloway Hills and across the bay to Wigtown and Bladnoch Distillery. The sculptor believes that art can be enjoyed anywhere including an industrial setting and by everyone including children. A Mona Lisa in a skip is still a Mona Lisa. Enjoy any background smells emmanating from over 25000 casks of Scotch whisky maturing nearby.

Previously this exhibition has been on tour at major venues in Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Regents Park London, Holyrood Park and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. More recently at the Falkirk Wheel. We hope you will enjoy the sculptures here in Creetown and agree that this is an appropriate location. The village was constructed using local granite and much of its history is based on the granite quarries. Indeed nearly sixty years ago the artist while still in his teens visited the working quarry to seek out his first large piece of granite. Since that time his entire career has been spent continuously hand carving this one of the hardest of stones. It symbolises to him the spirit of Scotland and the life of its people.

The granite of these sculptures is from several parts of Scotland and the different composition and colours are obvious.
The sculpture entitled “Boy with Calf” was hewn from Creetown granite. "Flight into Egypt" Dalbeattie granite, "Bison", and "Dung Beetle" and "Mother and Child" are from Corrennie granite, "Ox" and "Vulture and Carcass" from Kemnay granite.

ADMISSION is FREE and the site is open during office hours on WEEKDAYS ONLY from 10am to 17.00 with early closing on Friday 10am to 12.30. On-site car and coach parking.

There are a number of other sculptures in Creetown including a granite orb by Japanese sculptor the late Hideo Furuta in Adamson Square. Hideo lived and worked in Creetown Quarry for several years and was popular with locals.

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