Scroll down to see the new sitters, some fantastic news about the exhibition,

 a new book and a full colour ebook that includes brilliant recordings by some of the sitters

Brian Cox - actor © broad daylight

Ae Fond Kiss "Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee," Robert Burns

To celebrate the year of Homecoming 2009 we produced a major exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. ‘as others see us’ features a series of contemporary portraits capturing Scots and adopted Scots. Each of the sitters produced a small body of text as a response to their favourite Burns poem communicating their own view of the relevance of Burns today. The exhibition was viewed by some 320,000 visitors and both The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh acquired images for their permanent collections. Following on from this huge success the project has been developed and extended for show in the USA in 2014. The exhibition will be launched in the prestigious Pop International Gallery (Midtown), Manhattan from 2nd - 10th April as part of the Scotland Week 2014 visual programme From there it will then travel shown from 7th - 20th May in the John David Mooney Gallery Chicago.

The list of sitters now includes, Hollywood actors Brian Cox, and Alan Cumming, bestselling crime novelist Ian Rankin, UK/US television star Ashley Jensen, Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchin, world famous musicians The Proclaimers, poet Jackie Kay, musician Eddi Reader, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, actor Peter Capaldi, Clan Chief Sir Malcolm MacGregor and artist Peter Howson.

'as others see us’ is a celebration of Scottish culture. It illustrates the work of Burns expressing through words and pictures the work of this extraordinary man not only to the people of Scotland but to a much wider audience.  

Craig and Charlie Reid, The Proclaimers - musicians © broad daylight

Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation "What force or guile could not subdue," Robert Burns


Alan Cumming - actor © broad daylight

A Red, Red Rose "I will love thee still my Dear," Robert Burns


Nicola Benedetti - musician © broad daylight

Ae Fond Kiss "Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!" Robert Burns


Tom Kitchin - chef © broad daylight

Selkirk Grace "Some hae meat and canna eat," Robert Burns


Ian Rankin - author © broad daylight

Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation "That Treasure thus could sell us," Robert Burns


Joe and Jim Walker - Walkers Shortbread © broad daylight

The Twa Dogs "Twas in that place o'Scotland's isle," Robert Burns

Ashley Jensen - actress © broad daylight

To a Louse "Ye ugly, creepin, blastet wonner" Robert Burns


Jackie Kay - poet © broad daylight

John Anderson my Jo "And hand in hand we'll go;" Robert Burns


Click here to view all of the sitters currently in the exhibition.


We have produced a full colour ebook to accompany the exhibition and we are delighted to announce that Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Ashley Jensen and Jackie Kay have been recorded reading their chosen poems. This incredibly kind and generous act from these great talents has added yet another dimension and texture to the project and for that we thank them dearly.

In addition Linn Music has allowed us to reproduce a beautiful rendition of A mans a man for a' that by Ian F. Benzie…another wonderful Scottish artist.

Below is the outstanding reading by Hollywood superstar Brian Cox, to hear the other unforgettable readings you will have to buy the ebook, click here to do so for only £6.49.

Brain Cox reads Ae Fond Kiss... by Robert Burns © Brian Cox and broad daylight 2014 

A new printed edition of the project has been produced,

click here to view and buy a signed or unsigned copy!


is supported by:

​broad daylight • The Scottish Government • The American-Scottish Foundation
Pop International Galleries • Creative Scotland • Walkers Shortbread
Deloitte • Linn Products • The Burns Society of New York • The Leith Agency
Holyrood Magazine • Margaret H Duffy • Professor Walter Nimmo
Tommy Dreelan • The Balvenie • Bowens • Hasselblad

In association with

The National Galleries of Scotland

broad daylight is an affiliated corporate member of The American-Scottish Foundation

Special thanks to

Professor David W Purdie, Editor-in-Chief of The Burns Encyclopaedia

'broad daylight simply understands that a picture can tell more than a thousand words.'