Journalist and author Lesley Riddoch will lead a guided tour of Nordic art at the opening of a new free exhibition at the HAC next week.

The opening will be held on Wednesday, January 17 and will then run until Friday, March 2.

Lesley Riddoch is a great admirer of the Nordic way of life, co-founding the think tank Nordic Horizons with Scottish Government funding in 2010.

Her book Blossom: What Scotland Needs To Flourish explores how Nordic nations manage to attain top places in international league tables of productivity, wellbeing, health and GDP, while her latest book, McSmorgasbord, written with Eberhard Bort, explores what post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordic nations.

Lesley said: “Exploring the links between Scotland and the Nordic nations, it showcases wild Arctic seascapes, Icelandic lava fields, Denmark’s oldest allotment gardens, women fishing on the Baltic, and a subsidence-threatened Swedish mining town.

“I’ll be doing a guided tour of the exhibit and talking about the Nordic nations courtesy of the folk at North Ayrshire Council, who’ve kindly organised the public exhibition.”