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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Get involved in shaping the arts in your area!

from Cate Ross - Stewartry Area Arts Hub Convenor 

You may be aware of the success of Kirkcudbright arts champions in recently securing phase 1 funding of Heritage Lottery Funds to develop a permanent art gallery in the Town Hall building in Kirkcudbright! Now, they need to hear all your ideas about what you’d enjoy seeing, doing and contributing to the venue. The more input we offer the more chance we have of getting the important phase 2 HLF funding!

There is an online survey here and by filling it in you can help to shape this exciting development that will help make a great venue that you can enjoy and put Kirkcudbright and D&G on the national and international art map!!

For more information on the project you can contact Kayleigh Scott- Gallery Development Officer, Kirkcudbright Art Gallery by telephone: 01387 253 374     
Or by email:

Project overview:  The Kirkcudbright Art Gallery Project is a project to convert Kirkcudbright Town Hall into a nationally recognised art gallery. The Heritage Lottery Fund have agreed to fund the development stages and they will very likely contribute heavily to the creation of the gallery itself. We are currently putting together the Stage 2 application.
work by Jessie. M. King
 The Art Gallery will house and celebrate the artistic heritage of Kirkcudbright. In a custom built exhibition space, it will display the vast collection owned by Dumfries and Galloway Council relating to influential artists who resided in the area, such as Jessie M King, E A Taylor, John Faed and Charles Openheimer, along with other important names who were inspired by Kirkcudbright, like George Henry and S J Peploe. As well as this, the Gallery will have a temporary exhibition space that will house visiting exhibitions including contemporary and historic art from both the local area and nationally recognised galleries and museums across the country. With a café and space for training, the Gallery will create jobs as well as providing volunteering and learning opportunities. There will be an exciting programme of activities and workshops running alongside the exhibitions with the aim of attracting a large array of local people and visitors.

With Kirkcudbright still being a place of inspiration for many artists and with art still being very important to the area we are keen to get input from local artists and art organisations about what they would like to see in Kirkcudbright Art Gallery and how they might like to get involved. We are aiming to make the Gallery an asset to the area and we would like to work with local artists to optimise what the Gallery and wider area has to offer.

Below is a link to a survey in which local artists can give feedback and opinions on what you would like to see from Kirkcudbright Art Gallery. All you need to do is follow the link and complete the short questionnaire. 

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