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. After showing the length and breadth of Scotland the exhibition was launched in the prestigious Pop International Gallery (Midtown) in Manhattan NYC from 2nd - 10th April as part of the Scotland Week 2014 visual programme. From there it travelled to the John David Mooney Gallery Chicago where it was exhibited for some two months.

The list of sitters 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

Ashley Jensen - actress © broad daylight

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


Jackie Kay - poet © broad daylight 

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


Book and ebook

A printed edition of the book to accompany the exhibition has been published and is available to buy. Click here for more details on how to purchase using .

There is also a full colour ebook featuring Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Ashley Jensen and Jackie Kay recorded reading their chosen poems. To purchase a purchase a copy of the ebook for £2.99 click here








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



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.

Julia Witty-Miller and Gus Noble of Chicago Scots for all of their enthusiasm and support.

Chicago Scots for sponsoring the 'as others see us' reception in Chicago.

Sophie Skinner and the rest of the team at the John David Mooney Foundation Gallery, Chicago.


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