Phoenix Art rises in landmark building

Thursday 18 November 2010

Back to all News Artists Joe McLaughlin and Jett Vivere have plans for the Phoenix Art gallery in Ardrossan's former Jack Miller building

An exhibition and viewing of artwork is to launch the new future for a stunning landmark building in Ardrossan.

The former Jack Miller’s hotel building at 78 Princes Street in the town centre is to become an arts hub following its new lease of life.

Already artists Joe McLaughlin and Jett Vivere have plans for the Phoenix Art gallery in the building, and they hope that their vision will help attract other artists to the building. The duo are opening the gallery to the public from Friday 26th November with some of Scotland’s top artists and the latest designer jewellery on show.

The building had lain empty and derelict for a number of years before it was transformed by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.

Joe McLaughlin said: “The gallery will kick off what we hope will be a terrific future for this fantastic building. We intend to promote the area as an art destination for artists to come and work and to have studio space available for artists to move into the area, or indeed encourage artists who are already here to make the move into a studio.”

The ground floor will be used as a fine art gallery, with regular exhibitions of the work of leading artists, opening nights, and open exhibitions. Joe and fellow artist Jett Vivere will be working from their studio on the first floor.

Chief Executive Patrick Wiggins said: “It is entirely fitting that this building will be used to showcase some of the creativity which exists in this area and will become a genuine attraction within the town.”

Further space is still available.

Joe McLaughlin will be the guest speaker at Irvine Bay talks business on Thursday 2 December at the Michael Lynch Centre, Ardrossan, 12.30pm to 1.30pm (open from 12noon). Designed especially for business people in the Irvine Bay area, this is the ideal opportunity to meet other local businesses and hear what Irvine Bay is doing in the area. For further information and to book your place call 0845 60 66 826 or register online at

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