If you’ve been in Kirkcudbright recently, you’ll have noticed that there’s work going on at the former town hall building. It’s a beautiful B listed 19th century landmark on St Mary Street and is being transformed. This Spring, it will become Kirkcudbright Galleries.
The Galleries are five minutes’ drive from High Kirkland, where you can stay at one of our Kirkcudbright Holiday Cottages.
There are ambitious plans for the building in Dumfries and Galloway’s Artists’ Town. It will house an extensive collection of work by artists who spent time in Kirkcudbright. These include Charles Oppenheimer, Jessie M King and SJ Peploe. The permanent collection will include paintings, drawings, illustrations, ceramics and jewellery by the many artists and makers who were drawn to the area. It became a popular destination from the 1880s onward.
Temporary exhibitions will borrow from national galleries, private collectors and local collections and there will be a changing programme of work on display.
Inspiration in Kirkcudbright
It’s not hard to see what drew people to the artists’ colony, which began in the late 19th century. There is no shortage of views to paint with a busy harbour, a bustling town of coloured houses and numerous streets and closes to explore. One tutor at Edinburgh College of Art considered a stay in Kirkcudbright as vital to his students’ training!
Professional artists and hobbyists are still drawn to Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area for many reasons. They take inspiration from the landscape and the town’s history. There is a handful of independent galleries scattered throughout the town, which are well worth a visit while you’re staying with us at our South West Scotland Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland. The town’s unique artistic heritage continues to thrive with the legacy of those that came before still going strong.
The galleries themselves won’t open until the Spring but there have been a number of workshops for people to try their hand at different techniques with more planned for the future. The Kirkcudbright Galleries Facebook page is a great source of information with behind the scenes photographs of the work taking place inside and outside the building; peeks at some of the work in the Nationally Significant Collection and updates on activities and the upcoming opening.
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Images from the Kirkcudbright Galleries Facebook page.