Updated: 10am 18 May, 2020
Considering current and potential Scottish Government guidelines regarding the Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing, the much-anticipated Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries is being postponed.
Working in close liaison with the artist and the collectors who are generously lending works from private collections, we are rescheduling this major show until next year and it will now be held from June 18 to October 24, 2021.
With uncertainty over the timing and phasing of the easing of lockdown restrictions, it was decided it would be better to postpone now as a precaution rather than disappoint thousands of Vettriano followers if the show had to be cancelled at a later date.
However, the postponement does have a silver lining. The new dates cover a longer period – 18 weeks instead of the original 10 – giving more people an opportunity to attend over the summer and October holiday periods.
It has also allowed us to reduce the number of visitors per time slot and extend the time each visitor can spend at the exhibition.
All current ticket holders will be contacted to arrange new dates before tickets go on general sale again on Tuesday, 15 June.
The exhibition has generated widespread interest as it will feature early paintings by Vettriano, including nearly a dozen produced before he decided to become a full-time artist and are signed Jack Hoggan, his birth name. It will be a celebration of his extraordinary career and will be showing paintings he created from in his 20s until he moved to London in 2000.