A challenging new art exhibition highlighting human rights issues is now on display in West Lothian.

The free State of Change exhibition by acclaimed south west England-based artist, Ricky Romain, is on show at the Gallery in Linlithgow Burgh Halls until 21 April 2013.

Romain’s work, which features in the collections of the United Nations and Amnesty International, endeavors to create art that reflects the complexity of political conflict surrounding prominent human rights issues.

This powerful yet poignant exhibition features figurative, textural paintings focused on humanitarian challenges on a global scale, with themes such as migration, asylum seeking, dignity, courage and desperation.

Dave King, Executive councillor for culture and leisure, said: “The Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls has shown a variety of interesting exhibitions since it opened, and State of Change by Ricky Romain is another fine example.

“I’d encourage local residents to take the chance to view his striking and challenging work for free while it is on their doorstep.”

The free exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Cross, Linlithgow, EH49 7AH. It is also open until 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

A number of associated workshops and talks have been organised to coincide with the State of Change exhibition.

Hear artist Ricky Romain discuss his work and techniques on Thursday 21 March, from 6pm to 7pm. Join Ricky for an insightful talk about his work, the challenges of his chosen subject matter and his experiences working with humanitarian charities, followed by a short demonstration of his working technique. This event is free but booking in advance is essential and is suitable for those aged 16 and over.

The Interpreting the Human Form workshop will look at the portrayal of the human form in art, with specific focus given to the current exhibition by artist Ricky Romain. A dry medium drawing workshop will follow (charcoal, oil pastel and pencil), to help participants develop their own character studies, and explore ways to capture emotion, make a statement or tell a story. The workshop takes place on Sunday 24 March, 10am to 4pm, for those aged 14 and over. Tickets: £32 or £30 concession, includes all materials

For more information or to book your place on a workshop, visit www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk (new window) or call 01506 282720.

8th February -21st April 2013

State of Change

The Gallery, The Venue, Linlithgow, Scotland. EH49 7AH. www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk

This exhibition features Ricky Romain’s figurative textural paintings focused on humanitarian challenges on a global scale. Migration, asylum seeking, dignity, courage and desperation all combine in this powerful yet poignant show that depicts the various sides of human nature.

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