THE life of an Oscar-winning film-maker from Scotland is to be celebrated in an exhibition at a museum across the road from the house in which he was born.

Norman McLaren, who died in 1987 at the age of 72, won an Academy Award in 1952 for his short film Neighbours. He was also awarded a Bafta and a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

He was born in Stirling on April 11, 1914, and studied at Glasgow School of Art. He moved to New York and, at the outset of the Second World War, he emigrated to Canada where he founded the Animation Department of the burgeoning National Film Board of Canada.

The exhibition, A Dream of Stirling: Norman McLaren's Scottish Dawn, will be on at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and will include some of his artwork from the 1920s and 1930s, much of which has not been on display for more than 70 years.

Elspeth King, from the Stirling Smith, said: "McLaren was born in the house directly opposite the Stirling Smith 100 years ago.

"Over the years, McLaren aficionados have come seeking information, questioning why Stirling does not celebrate the work of such a great man in the place of his birth. This exhibition gives the Smith the opportunity to do that for the first time."

The exhibition runs from April 11 until June 22.