Gable End of World Robert Burns Federation, Kilmarnock

New Robert Burns mural to adorn Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock Business Association, in partnership with East Ayrshire Leisure, East Ayrshire Council, and the Robert Burns World Federation, has selected acclaimed artist Michael Corr to design and install a new mural paying tribute to our national bard on a prominent gable end in Kilmarnock Town Centre.

From the impressive pool of 33 talented artists who submitted applications, Michael Corr emerged as the winner,  impressing the selection panel with his unique artistic vision. 

Peter Telfer, Chair of the Kilmarnock Business Association, expressed his enthusiasm: "We're delighted to have Michael Corr on board for this exciting project. His artistic talent and passion for community engagement make him the perfect choice to create a stunning mural that will enhance Kilmarnock's cultural offer."

The chosen location for the mural is the gable end of the Civic Centre North on John Dickie Street. This prominent building houses the esteemed Robert Burns World Federation, making it an ideal site to celebrate Scotland's national poet.

Councillor  Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, emphasised the significance of this project, saying: "This mural will add vibrancy and character to our town centre, reflecting Kilmarnock's rich heritage and artistic spirit. After the tremendous success of Tom Lightbody's  Countess Ann mural at St Marnock Square, the community expressed a strong desire for more public art and we are committed to supporting initiatives that contribute to the cultural growth of our community."

Michael Corr, expressed his gratitude and excitement, saying, "It's an honour to be entrusted with creating a mural that will engage and inspire the people of Kilmarnock. I look forward to working closely with the community to ensure the artwork reflects their values and aspirations.”

Marc Sherland, Director of the Robert Burns World Federation said: “The mural is a wonderful way to express the simple fact that, if it were not for Kilmarnock printing the first edition of Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Scotland and the world would not remember its ploughman poet. Michael’s work will enhance the gable end of our headquarters in the town and is sure to attract visitors to the town.”

The installation of the mural will take place in 2024, pending planning permission approval.

In the meantime, art enthusiasts and community members will have a wonderful opportunity to hear about and discuss the mural with its artist, Michael Corr, during the Robert Burns 1st Edition Summer Festival, at a drop in "Meet the artist" session on Thursday 27 July between 1.00pm and 4.00pm at the  Robert Burns World Federation building, 3A John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock KA1 1HW

Visit Michael Corr website

See Michael Corr's winning proposal

(please note the images here depict suggested proposals only. The final design will be agreed once public consultation is complete)