Tate Gallery works come to Galashiels

An exhibition of work by controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe goes on display on Saturday in Old Gala House.

The original pieces are on loan from the Tate Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Robert Mapplethorpe photographic exhibition 2013'' ''Old Gala House will host an exhibition of original photographs taken by the late Robert Mapplethorpe from 11 May to 11 August

Robert Mapplethorpe photographic exhibition 2013'' ''Old Gala House will host an exhibition of original photographs taken by the late Robert Mapplethorpe from 11 May to 11 August

The showcase is seen as a coup by Scottish Borders Council, which has secured the gallery in Old Gala House for the next three months.

SBC assistant curator, Phoebe Stewart, said: “We have been working with National Galleries Scotland and the Tate Galleries in London to get a final list of Mapplethorpe works together.

“It has not been an easy decision as his works are pretty powerful images and can easily overwhelm each other.

“However, we have a finalised list of works and think this is going to be a really strong and exciting show.”

One of the most provocative photographers of the 20th century, Mapplethorpe is renowned for his large-scale black and white photographs.

The exhibition will include iconic self-portraits and pictures of many influential artists, writers and musicians.