Dick Institute

Dick Institute
Elmbank Avenue
East Ayrshire






Main Gallery

01563 554343


Arts & Museums Office

01563 554909

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South West Scotland's most significant cultural venue houses two art galleries, showing exhibitions of cutting edge visual art and contemporary craft. Three museum galleries also show work from East Ayrshire's exceptional fine art collection as well as housing permanent displays of local and industrial heritage and a natural history collection.

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Opening hours

Open Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
Closed Sun / Mon

Closed on public holidays

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport, Maritime

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard richter

  • 9 June 2014 — 6 January 2015 *on now

An exciting opportunity to view this wonderful exhibition of one of the world’s most acclaimed living artists. The Dick Institute is delighted to have been selected to show this ground-breaking work by German artist Gerhard Richter, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.

The exhibition features the important photographic work, 48 Portraits and a number of abstract paintings spanning almost 30 years of the artist’s career. Richter identifies three broad areas of activity in painting: figurative, constructive and abstract. The extreme variety of Richter’s work left him open to criticism, but this rejection of an artificially maintained consistency of style was a conscious conceptual act that allowed him to investigate freely the basic principles of painting.

A learning programme will accompany this exhibition, the results of which will be shown in the Young People's Gallery from the end of October.

ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, and in Scotland, Creative Scotland, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.

Suitable for

  • Any age