‘Painting with Sound – Short Walks along the West Coast of Scotland’

Saturday 14 October – 21 January 2024

A new audio visual exhibition opening at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside on Saturday 14 October is set to give visitors a unique experience of landscapes across Scotland.

‘Painting with Sound – Short walks along the west coast of Scotland’ is a collaborative exhibition created by artist Keith Salmon and sound engineers Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland.  The exhibition features 23 new landscape paintings by Keith, who is based in the WASPS Courtyard Studios on Irvine Harbourside.  

Seventeen of the paintings will be on show alongside video soundscapes produced by Graham and Drew.  The video soundscapes draw on recordings Keith took whilst walking and researching his paintings as well as tonal pieces composed by Graham.

The paintings and video soundscapes capture scenes as far apart as Sandwood Bay in the far North West of Scotland, Garlieston and the salt marshes at the Crook of Baldoon on the Solway Firth.

Visitors to the immersive exhibition can view the paintings and hear excerpts from the soundscapes live in the space or alternatively access the individual full-length video soundscapes by scanning a QR code with a phone and listening through their earbuds.

Eva Bukowska, Exhibitions and Events Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says: We’re thrilled to host this innovative and collaborative audio visual exhibition of artworks by Keith Salmon, Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland.  ‘Painting with Sound’ will give our visitors a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in sights and sounds out in the wild which have inspired the paintings and video soundscapes and get a feel for the creative processes at work. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the exhibition when it opens next month.”

Artist Keith Salmon adds: “We’re delighted to open ‘Painting with Sound’ at the Scottish Maritime Museum.  The exhibition reflects my passion for the Scottish landscape and is the latest installation in my long-term collaboration with Graham and Drew.  Introduced to hillwalking by my father when I was ten, I have spent the last 50 years exploring the varied landscapes of Britain, focusing on wild and sometimes remote parts of Scotland since moving to Irvine in 1998.  I’ve walked the Scottish hills and mountains, wandered through glens and along shorelines and experienced the landscape in all weathers, from baking summer days to those when ice axes and crampons are called for.  More recently, I began taking sound recordings on my travels to help create paintings that really capture the essence of these wild and beautiful places.  Over the eight years since I first contacted Graham, he and Drew have had a real impact on how this audio element to my work has developed.  Graham in particular, has had considerable creative input with the video soundscapes in this exhibition and we’re all excited to present our latest collaborative work to the public.”

‘Painting with Sound – Short Walks along the West Coast of Scotland’ is on show at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, from Saturday 14 October to 21 January 2024.

The exhibition is open 10am – 5pm daily and entry is included in Museum Admission.

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Keith Salmon  SMM QR code


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