For Auld Lang Syne Scottish exhibition to open for free

The Art Gallery of Ballarat's For Auld Lang Syne exhibition will be open to the public for free on Tuesday, June 24. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

The Art Gallery of Ballarat's For Auld Lang Syne exhibition will be open to the public for free on Tuesday, June 24. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

EVERYONE loves art and free art is even better.

On Tuesday, June 24, the Art Gallery of Ballarat will open its Scottish exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne, free to the public, marking the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Gordon Morrison said the gallery was proud to join in the worldwide celebration of one of the most famous battles in Scottish history.

"The battle is well recognised as a key event in Scottish independence and will be extensively celebrated in Scotland," Mr Morrison said.

"The township of Bannockburn south of Ballarat will celebrate its connection with the site of the battle by hosting a re-enactment of the battle on Sunday, June 22."

For Auld Lang Syne at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

For Auld Lang Syne at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Celebrating the contribution made by Scottish people to the discovery, exploration and development of Australia, the exhibition features a number of rare Scottish images.

The Battle of Bannockburn took place on June 24, 1314, and was a fight between the Scottish forces of King Robert the Bruce and the English army under King Edward the second.

It was a major victory for Scotland, establishing their freedom from English domination.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Free entry to For Auld Lang Syne

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24

WHERE: Art Gallery of Ballarat

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