Launch of the 2020VISION exhibition
Over 100 stunning images of the country's wildlife and nature have just been unveiled at Rozelle in Ayr and you can go and see this amazing outdoor exhibition for free.
Officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop as part of the Place Partnership launch, the 2020VISION exhibition is supported by South Ayrshire Council and showcases the work of 20 of the UK's top nature photographers in an outdoor setting.
This is the first time, these photographers, along with filmmakers, have come together to tell an inspirational story about our ecosystems and the services they provide, such as clean water, fresh air and productive soils.
The images were captured over 20 months by leading nature and wildlife photographers, including Scottish snappers Lorne Gill, Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin.
The magnificent photography is only part of the 2020VISION line-up, as the Council is delivering a programme of themed events and workshops - including expert led walks and talks and nature based arts and crafts. There is also a family fun weekend in mid-November which involves flower making, story sticks, masks, satellite dish fires…. all centered around an authentic yurt!
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: "The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland can access, enjoy and participate in cultural activity - not just for enjoyment but also for the clear economic and social benefits this brings."
Cllr Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This is a marvellous outdoor exhibition; the photos are outstanding but also tell the story of how local habitats support us all in our daily lives, providing everything from places to play, to the food we eat. This is an important environmental message and fits with the Council's strategic objectives to be sustainable. The 2020VISION exhibition is an ambitious natural photography project and I am sure it will be a big hit with park visitors this autumn.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: "This exhibition captures amazing natural wonders but also manages to communicate the fragile existence of our environment. Some of the workshops highlight the issue of climate change and what we can all do to protect South Ayrshire for future generations. I would encourage everyone to go along to the free exhibition, you will be amazed and you will learn something too."
The free exhibition will remain in place at Rozelle, Ayr until 17 December, and can be found at the rear of Rozelle House, by the outside patio of the Tea Rooms. For more information on other events and activities supporting the 2020VISION exhibition please go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/
Rozelle and Galleries are open Mondays – Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12 noon to 5pm.