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Don’t forget the smaller galleries. They hide treasures. From the rolling exhibition programme of Catstrand in New Galloway, to the double gallery of the impressive Mill on the Fleet, from the occasional experimental art space of The Bakehouse to the enchanting gallery attached to the library in Castle Douglas; from the many private galleries that offer a changing programme of exhibitions by local and international artists to the local artists and photographic groups that exhibit to the delight of their friends and visitors, Dumfries & Galloway is the place to come to view and buy art.
A facinating new website www.artistsfootsteps.co.uk charts all the locally inspired art and artists through the ages.

  • Carsphairn Heritage and Craft Centre


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    Carsphairn Heritage and Craft Centre is open daily from April until the end of September.

    Days of opening – to be confirmed soon

    NEW for 2018….the Centre is now home to a wide selection of Craftwork and Art for sale, all made locally.

    The Centre is manned entirely by volunteers, who provide a warm welcome, an expertise about Carsphairn and also a wider knowledge of this beautiful part of Scotland. The volunteers freely give their time to set up an Annual Exhibition and to steward it during the season. New volunteers are always welcome! The Heritage Centre relies on donations and membership fees.
    The seeds of Carsphairn Heritage Group were sown in 1982 with an exhibition of local interest in the Village Hall. The Group was formed in 1987 since when it has amassed a collection of family history records, photographs and slides as well as numerous items of local interest. Ancestry records are available for family history researchers. The Heritage Centre was built in 1992 and is run by the Heritage Group which is made up of local residents and others further afield who are interested in the history of this small community. Members receive a quarterly newsletter which reflects the abundance of local history in the area.
    There is a permanent timespan display of the parish in the Centre as well as an annual exhibition which covers an aspect of the varied history of Carsphairn which once had a far greater population than now. This fact gives the ancestor hunter some advantages in that many buildings and sites remain undisturbed and the fact that we have detailed histories of 36 local families provides a magnet for any genealogist.

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  • A’ The Airts


     

    A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

    Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy great refreshments and free wi-fi in our café.

    Here at A’ The Airts we are providing a platform for local artists and crafters to sell their works either in our shop or during exhibitions held in the Gallery. Our shop has a wide variety of crafts available, many of which use the Sanquhar patterns (some items are only sold here).

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    Our shop is a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern goods – some not sold anywhere else – and a superb variety of wares from local crafters.

    We have a theatre that can seat a maximum of 50 individuals, suitable for small productions, performances and talks. It is equipped with a projector, for presentations and is used as a community cinema. The seats are retractable, so that the space can be easily opened up for other uses. Tai Chi, and playgroups, parties and conferences have all used this space.

    The theatre doubles as a gallery and we have further exhibition space throughout the building. We generally have many exhibitions throughout the year both by amateur and professional alike and we are always pleased to hear from groups or individuals who would like to consider the space for future exhibitions.

    We have two craft rooms, which our local community arts and crafts groups use on a weekly basis. The groups currently include pottery, photography, poetry, knitting, patchwork. The larger of the two rooms has a kiln for pottery and a potter’s wheel. The smaller of the two rooms is an ideal space for meetings.

     
     
  • The Mill on the Fleet


    The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse

    The Mill on the Fleet

    is a restored 18th century cotton mill on the bank of the River Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Now an exhibition centre The Mill on The Fleet is spread over three floors and houses core displays about the development of the town of Gatehouse and the natural history of the Fleet Valley.  There is also an annual programme of temporary exhibitions.  On the ground floor the regional arts collective PA Pop Up representing artists and craft-makers from around the region has an outlet for their varied work.  On the top floor is a popular second-hand bookshop.

    The café offers a range of home-cooked fare – soups, paninis, salads, sweets and a selection of cakes and bakes.  On a fine day the riverside terrace is the perfect place to relax.  The Mill on The Fleet also welcomes well behaved dogs!

     
     
  • Allan McNally Fine Art


    Allan’s Studio-Gallery is set in a delightful former church that has been tastefully renovated to provide a light and airy art space. Here in this amazing space, resident artist and studio-gallery owner Allan McNally creates bold, vibrant contemporary paintings of Scottish landscapes, coastal and seascapes including Galloway, Carrick and Burns Country scenes along and near the SW Scotland Coastal 300 Route.  As well as, travel scenes in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau are exhibited in regularly changing exhibitions in the gallery.

    A prolific artist, Allan enjoy sharing his skills with others and regularly gives ongoing demonstrations in his Studio Open Days, giving visitors an insight to his methods of work, tips, techniques and insight into the life of an artist.

    Allan, a professional mid-career artist, has exhibited with art galleries around Scotland, London and Dallas in Texas and regularly at art fairs in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

    Also,inspirational painting workshops are run for individuals, couples or small groups with all equipment and materials supplied, so that all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.

    Allan enjoys creating one of a kind paintings for clients for that special occasion with a wide range of experience of painting various subjects including wilderness landscape, seascapes, wildlife and nature, portraits, yachts, buildings and lots more, so he is confident to undertake painting commissions that will delight!

    Allan McNally Fine Art Studio-Gallery  is located in the delightful conservation village of Colmonell in the Stinchar Valley just off the A77 on the Ballantrae to Girvan section of the SW Scotland Coastal 300 Route.

     

    ~ Open times ~

    from 11am to 5pm on Studio Open Days or by appointment.

    Please do not hesitate to email or call or checkout website to find out more details.

    mail@allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk

    Studio-Gallery Telephone ++44 (0) 1465 881175

    www.allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk

     

     

     
     
  • Gracefield Arts Centre


    The region’s art collection is stellar, one of the best in Scotland. Housed at Gracefield in Dumfries, rotating and themed exhibitions present the best in contemporary and twentieth century art. (more…)

     
     
  • MMV Art


    Art Gallery and Short Art Courses
    MMV Art delivers high quality teaching and training. (more…)

     
     
  • Barholm Arts and Crafts


    Barholm Arts and Crafts

     

    We are a group of people (artists/craft makers/photographers) who work together to run and manage the Barholm Arts and Crafts Shop in Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway.
    ABOUT US – MEET THE TEAM
    • VAL HORTON – Photographer / Knitwear Designer & Producer / Artist
    • VICKI DEMPSTER – Jewellery Designer & Creator – WEBSITE: www.vickidempster.com
    • LIZ & ROGER CUTLER – Wood Art – WEBSITE: www.gallowaywoodturners.co.uk
    • BERNADETTE DEMPSTER – Designs Knitting Patterns / Textiles & Knitwear Designs / Gifts & Art – WEBSITE: www.knitwitzuk.com
    • SUE NICHOLSON – Felt Crafts with Local Wool / Ink Cards & Gift Cards – FACEBOOK PAGE: 4 Ewe Crafts
    • EVELYN MACKINTOSH – Scottish Art Scapes Landscape Artist / Painting In Oils, Watercolour & Acrylic / Originals, Prints & Cards.
    • ADELE SAGE – Jewellery Maker / Wedding Crafts.
    • HEATHER DICKINSON – Pencil Drawing – FACEBOOK PAGE: Galloway In Pencil
    • LORAINE BAXTER – Scarves / Wrist Warmers / Ski Hair Bands & Hats – BRAND: Elinora
     
     
  • NTS Broughton House & Garden


    Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. (more…)

     
     
  • South West Coastal 300 #SWC300


    on the SW300 Mull of Galloway

    The South West Coastal 300 route in South West Scotland is a stunning drive of just over 300 Miles. There is so much to explore, including a multitude of interesting towns and villages. You could easily spend a week or two on the South West Coastal 300 and only scratch the surface!

    Much of your route follows our many miles of awesome coastline while you will also have the opportunity to marvel at our hills, glens, forests and lochs and soak up some of the abundant history of our area. The roads are quiet too!

    As the South West Coastal 300 is roughly circular, you can start wherever you please. Spend as long as you like exploring the huge diversity of scenery and natural beauty on display along our quiet roads.

    Drive through the magnificent Mennock Pass in the Lowther Hills to reach the coast of the Solway Firth. On the way, you may will visit Scotland’s Highest Village – Wanlockhead.

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    Discover delightful towns and villages along the Solway Coast such as Kippford and Kirkcudbright as you head for the remote Mull of Galloway – Scotland`s most southerly point and delight in views of the Galloway Hills, Lakeland Fells, the Isle of Man and even the Mountains of Mourne!

    Explore the Machars Peninsula along the way where you can discover the history of St Ninian and find out about the rich history we have to offer.

    Driving north from the Mull of Galloway, pop into Portpatrick with its harbourside pubs and restaurants as you head towards Stranraer. Look out for seals at Lendalfoot as you head up the Ayrshire coast to Culzean and Alloway before turning inland towards Sanquhar……….. .and did we mention the quiet roads!

    Done the NC500? Try the SWC300 – we look forward to welcoming you, we’re a friendly bunch!!

    Basically, you can start exploring our SWC300 route at any point along the way. However, the main access points are likely to be Stranraer where there is a railway service from Glasgow. Stranraer is also close to the terminal for the Belfast Ferry. Alloway,  is near Ayr with road and rail links from Glasgow. Sanquhar which has a rail service to Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dumfries which is close to the A74 and M6

    We will start in Stranraer, for no particular reason other than that you’ve got to start the South West Coastal 300 somewhere!

    Head north on the A77 along the coast of Loch Ryan to Cairnryan where you are likely to see one or more of the ferries which sail from terminals at each end of the village to Northern Ireland.

    The road soon climbs through Glenapp and as you descend towards Ballantrae, you will catch glimpses of Ailsa Craig, a volcanic (extinct) island famed for granite used for curling stones. It’s worth turning left once you enter Ballantrae to pause on the sea front, take in the views of Ailsa Craig and Arran and have a look at the small harbour. Maybe even have a game of putting!

    Rejoin the A77 at the other end of Ballantrae and soon the road climbs over Benane Hill then descends to Lendalfoot. Just before Lendalfoot you can pull in to a parking area and view a memorial to the Russian Cruiser Varyag which ran aground off Lendalfoot in 1920. Seals can often be spotted lazing on the nearby rocks.

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    Ailsa Craig from Lendalfoot

    From Lendalfoot, the road hugs the coastline and takes you through Girvan where you may wish to spend some time checking out its shops and cafes. Girvan has an interesting harbour where a RNLI Lifeboat is based and where fishing boats can often be seen.

    Stay on the A77 and follow the coast as far as Turnberry, passing several cafes. Here we leave the A77 and take the A719. Pass the manicured lawns of Trump Turnberry Golf Resort to Maidens, another pretty coastal village. The road continues past the entrance to Culzean Castle and down the “Electric Brae” where your car appears to be rolling uphill! Onwards the road approaches Dunure with jawdropping views of Arran. Holy Isle and Culzean Castle. It`s well worth a detour of a mile or so to enter Dunure Village to explore its pretty harbour and the extensive ruins of its 13th Century Castle and Dove Cote.

    Return to the A719 from where its a short distance to Alloway, a suburb of Ayr and famed for being the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his epic poem, Tam o’ Shanter. You may want to stop and check out Burns Cottage and Burns Birthplace Museum or perhaps spend some time exploring Ayr itself.

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    Dunure Harbour beside the SWC300

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    Cottages line the streets of Kirkmichael

    Once you’re ready to continue the SWC300, rejoin the A77 via Doonholm Road and head south (right) to pass through Minishant, (if you have satnav, you may with to key in Kirkmichael to keep you right). A short distance from Minishant, turn left and follow the B7045 to Kirkmichael and onwards to Straiton. You are now in Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in the whole of Britain!

    Kirkmichael is a conservation village with streets lined with cottages, many of which are more than 200 years old. Further on, Straiton is also a conservation village which dates back to the 18th Century. Views on the approach to Straiton are dominated by the hilltop obelisk memorial to Lt Col James Hunter Blair. Both Kirkmichael and Straiton have community run village stores. Straiton makes an ideal base for a walking holiday with 5 short walking trails (1.25 to 4.25 miles) all starting and finishing in the village.

    SWC300 between Straiton and Dalmellington

    Continue your South West Coastal 300 adventure by turning left on to the B741 for Dalmellington, a former weaving centre and mining village.  Dalmellington is now better known for the nearby Scottish Dark Sky Observatory as the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.  A short section of the road – about 2 miles is single track but there are plenty passing places and good visibility as the road goes through delightful open hilly countryside.  Although, not on the SWC300, beautiful Loch Doon is close to Dalmellington and offers the opportunity to spot an osprey and to visit the ruins of Loch Doon Castle which was built by Robert the Bruce or his father around 1200 ADThe South West Coastal 300 continues on the B741 through open and forested countryside to New Cumnock where you turn right onto the A76 to Sanquhar, first passing through Kirkconnel. Both town.s are on the banks of the River Nith which is renowned for its excellent trout and salmon fishing. Sanquar is home to the Oldest Post Office in the World – it dates back to 1712 and pre-dates adhesive postage stamps  by over a century! The Southern Upland Way passes through providing walking opportunities.  Crawick Multiverse, a renowned Land Art project is nearby.

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    On the Mennock Pass heading for Scotland’s Highest Village

    Just out of Sanquhar, turn left onto the B797 signposted for Wanlockhead. Drive through the magnificent Mennock Pass, following a stream with hills on both sides of the road. Soon you are at Wanlockhead which is Scotland’s Highest Village!

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    Driving past Wanlockhead on the South West Coastal 300

    Wanlockhead and nearby Leadhills are famed for their mining heritage – including gold,  and the villages have a fascinating history. Find out more at the Museum of Lead Mining.In Leadhills, take a right hand turn onto the B7040 towards Elvanfoot where the road follows a recently born River Clyde. Slightly north of Elvanfoot, your route passes below the A74 and join the B7076, a quiet road which follows the main road and pop into Moffat, just off the route. Moffat, a bustling town with plenty shops has a newly refurbished museum. Moffat is also on the Southern Upland Way and has many walks for you to enjoy.

    Continue on the B7076 and visit Lockerbie where you join the A709 to Dumfries passing through Lochmaben as you go. You will probably want to stop and spend some time in Dumfries with its many attractions including Robert Burns’ House and Centre and Moat Brae House and others too numerous to list.

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    From the SWC300 near Sandyhills

    From Dumfries, follow the A710 for New Abbey. New Abbey is famed for Sweetheart Abbey which is right in the centre of the village. The history of Sweetheart Abbey dates back to 1273 when the abbey was built by the widow of John Balliol, a prominent figure on Scottish history. The village also has an 18th century corn mill which has been fully restored and is another popular attraction.Continue on the A710 and soon you reach the Solway Coast with views of the Lake District. When you reach Kirkbean, you might want to divert a few miles to  Southerness., one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland, to the delightful coastal village of Carsethorn or to Arbigland to visit the birthplace of John Paul Jones, often referred to as the “Father of the U.S. Navy).

    Back to our route and continue along the A710 where the road soon hugs the coast and passes through Sandyhills with its beautiful beach. When you reach Colvend, we recommend that you divert to Rockcliffe, another delightful coastal village from which there is a beautiful and very popular coastal walk to Kippford ( tea room in the former and pubs in the latter). This is called the Jubilee Walk and is about 2.5 miles return.

    After this further detour, return to the A710 until just before Dalbeattie where you turn left on to the A711 down the other side of the Urr Estuary through Auchencairn with its smuggling heritage to Dundrennan. Like New Abbey, Dundrennan is famed for its Abbey which was built in the 12th Century and was where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland.

    Our route continues to Scotlands Artist’s Town – Kirkcudbright with its many galleries including the new Kirkcudbright Gallery, a gallery of national significance opened on the summer of 2018. Kirkcudbright also has an interesting harbour and many independent shops and cafes. Cross the bridge over the River Dee and drive on the B727 alongside the shore past the beautiful Dhoon beach with its views of Little Ross Island and its lighthouse.

    Continue along the B727 via Borgue to join the A75 near Gatehouse of Fleet. You may wish to divert into Gatehouse of Fleet before continuing along the A75 passing Creetown to reach the roundabout outside Newton Stewart where you will find plenty of shops and cafes for supplies and refreshments. The drive from Gatehouse of Fleet to Newton Stewart provides great views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay.

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    Isle of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula

    From the Newton Stewart roundabout, our route heads south on the A714 to Scotland’s Book Town – Wigtown which has bookshops galore and several cafes. A few miles south of Wigtown, just past the village of Kirkinner, take the B7004 for Garlieston on the shores of Wigtown Bay. You can detour a very short distance into Garlieston itself – another beautiful coastal village famed for the Mulberry Harbours which helped bring an end to WW2. Rejoin the South West Coastal 300 southwards to the Isle of Whithorn with its pretty harbour.

    From Isle of Whithorn, we strongly advise you visit nearby Whithorn to find out about the history of St Ninian and to visit the recently opened Iron Age Roundhouse. Return to the SWC300 where you head close to the shoreline via Monreith and Port William to rejoin the A75 near Glenluce. After a short distance, turn left and follow the B7084 to Sandhead

    Join the A716 and head south for the Mull of Galloway. Although the road passes behind Sandhead, its easy to turn left into the village and rejoin the main road at the far end. Sandhead has an easily accessed beach several miles long and windsurfers and sand yachts can often be seen.

    Continue on the A716 which hugs the coastline through Ardwell to Drummore where you will find Scotland`s most southerly shop and a community run information centre.

    Leaving Drummore, follow the signs for the Mull of Galloway along the B7041. The road offers spectacular views which change rapidly as you head south. Although the last few miles of the road are single track there are plenty of passing places.

    The Mull of Galloway is,for many, one of the highlights of our route and somewhere you can spend several hours soaking up the atmosphere and views, checking out the bird life at the RSPB reserve and visiting the lighthouse. The Café at Mull of Galloway is built right at the most Southerly Point of Scotland!

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    Scotland`s most Southerly Point , the end of the road- The Mull of Galloway

    Retrace your route and, just before Drummore, follow the signs for Port Logan where you turn right and, after a couple of miles, rejoin the A716 northwards. Port Logan has a another beautiful beach and nearby is “Scotland`s most Exotic Garden” – Logan Botanic Garden.
    Continue northwards and when the road reaches Sandhead, turn left onto the B7042 ( signposted Portpatrick) and follow the signs until a few miles before Portpatrick. The B7042 is fairly narrow and some may prefer to remain on the A716 through Stoneykirk before turning left towards Portpatrick. The “scenic” route leaves the B7042 an turns left a few miles before Portpatrick at a sign for Knockinaam. Turn right just before the hotel and the road continues with spectacular views of the Irish Sea, the ruins of Dunskey Castle and Portpatrick itself. Turning right at the end of this road, you rejoin the A77 which takes you back to Stranraer. However you will probably want to spend some time in Portpatrick first where you will find several bars and restaurants on the harbourside.

    From Portpatrick, follow the A77 and turn left at Lochans to return to Stranraer where your adventure started.

     

    Outside Scotland’s Highest Hotel

    Please return to South West Scotland soon to enjoy the other routes we have for you such as the Scottish Castles Route or the Burns Country Run.

    Visit South West Scotland thank Dave Smith and Motor Cycle Scotland, Buccleuch Arms, Moffat for use of the South West Coastal 300 Route idea which has been adapted from their original version.

    Photo Credits:-

    Ailsa Craig copyright Roderick Leitch Photography

    Dalveen Pass – copyright Visit Scotland

     
     
  • Catstrand


    Scotland’s newest and most exciting contemporary performance and meeting space in the heart of the Glenkens community. (more…)

     
     
  • Studio 17


    Studio 17

    The Home of Happy Snail, Galloway Graphics and KGR Glass Design

     

     

    Studio 17 is nestled next to Cooper Cottage, a traditional stone built Scottish house, on Isle Street in Whithorn,

    Never heard of Whithorn? It’s a marvelous little town, situated in The Machars and Dumfries and Galloway’s first city.

    OK, I can hear you shouting, ‘Where on earth is The Machars?…..’

    The Machars are an area of Wigtownshire, and before you ask, Wigtownshire is in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

    Studio 17 welcomes visitors most weekends, ( if we are not out doing a show),

    Want to visit the studio? Just call 01988 501011 and we will be happy to open up for you.

    Studio 17 features 3 resident artists.

    Happy Snail

    KGR Glass Design

    Galloway Graphics

     
     
  • Beltie Books and Cafe


    It is now Autumn, so we are reducing hours a little.  Closed Sundays, Mondays &  Tuesdays.  Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

    Come and visit BELTIE BOOKS & Café

    Books.  Coffee, tea,
    chocolate.  Cake.  Snacks.  Art.   What more could you want?

    Location, opening, contact: click here

     
     
  • Galloway In Pencil


    Beautiful detailed drawings from around Galloway. Prints, cards, ornaments and The Wee Book O’ Galloway In Pencil showing some history of the buildings featured.

    Working from home Heather produces her artwork from which she does her own scanning, printing, mounting, framing and packing to produce various sized prints, cards and ornaments. A recent addition has been her first book where she has researched the history of some of the buildings she has drawn.

    About The Artist:

    Born and raised in the wee rural village of Kirkcowan, Heather loved drawing from an early age. She kept up her studies of Art and Design throughout High School, gaining top grades in the subject.

    Although she has always enjoyed drawing, it is not until as recently as 2016 that she began selling her artwork. In that year she experimented with different mediums but in 2017 she settled on her strongest medium of pencil and formed her business name “Galloway In Pencil”.

    Heather is now focusing on the beautiful structures, landscapes and animals found throughout our lovely countryside of Bonnie Gallowa’. She travels, from her home in Kirkcowan, throughout the region with her camera finding subjects for her drawings.

    The drawings themselves have many many hours of detail carefully drawn from her own photographs into the artwork you see.

    Heather enjoys learning the history of all the buildings that are featured in her drawings and has gathered the information into “The Wee Book O’ Galloway In Pencil” which is now included in her products for sale, any of which would make a beautiful wee keepsake of Galloway.

     

     
     
  • Linda Irving Felt Artist


    Linda Irving Felt Artist

     

    Linda Irving Felt Artist is an artist who ‘paints with felt’, art & wearables inspired by the sea & landscapes,

    natural world – Mull of Galloway, Scotland.

    Community teaching & Gallery space

     
     
  • Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop


     Jake Irving Ceramics,

    stylish, unique & exclusive ceramics & coffee shop.

    Opened in Kirkcudbright in March 2018.

     

     

    Jake Irving Ceramics & Coffee Shop.

    Unique hand built ceramics sold only in Kirkcudbright and home baked cakes and drinks.

    All welcome, feel free to come in and browse.

     
     
  • The Gallery at Laurieston


    The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy. Open every Sunday 10.00am – 17.00pm and at all other other times for a private viewing and a cuppa by phoning 01644 450235

     

    In June 2015 the new, larger Gallery at Laurieston opened in what was the old village Inn. This followed seven successful years in the smaller, ‘old’ gallery.

    The new, larger space offers options and is a more fit for purpose gallery space.

    Hosting other artists, providing a great space to host talks and workshops and a space that folk can hold meetings.

    The primary goal of the gallery is for it to become an established venue of high quality art.
    A rotating seasonal calendar of art from the best artists the region and Scotland can put together.
    The gallery will continue to be the main showcase of owner Phil McMenemy’s work – Phil is entering his tenth year as an artist and his work continues to be well-received and goes from strength to strength.

    The gallery is open most days during the week, by appointment by contacting Phil on 01644 45023501644 450235 and every sunday throughout the year.

    Phil and family welcome you to come browse  and enjoy the new venue – tea, coffee and cake is often available – a warm welcome is always available!

    Situated and located in the heart of the Stewartry region of Galloway, between Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway, and amongst the most wonderful and peaceful of rural settings the Gallery is well-placed!

     
     
  • Rusko Art Holidays Galloway


     

    Rusko Art Holidays Galloway

    Stunning state-of-the-art studio set amidst the glorious Galloway countryside in South West Scotland

    Rusko Studio is a converted Victorian stables situated in the heart of beautiful Dumfries and Galloway offering luxury Art Holidays Scotland.  It is the home of artist and course tutor, Elizabeth Gilbey.  Elizabeth offers five day residential painting courses.  Guests stay in a luxury flat in the renovated stables adjoining the studio.

    The area has been favoured by artists for more than a century for its light and especially lush green landscape.  It was discovered by members of Scotland’s renowned Glasgow Boys and Kirkcudbright is a designated Artists’ Town.

    Non-painting partners are very welcome and the local area offers magnificent walking, outdoor sports and sightseeing opportunities.  Rusko Studio is in a National Scenic Area, on the edge of The Galloway Forest Park and Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve. The area is a designated UNESCO Biosphere and the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.

    Rusko Art Holidays Galloway offers the chance to enjoy painting alongside a professional artist and be guided as you work. The teaching method is the time-honoured way of working alongside an accomplished artist to learn through demonstration and practice.

    All courses are in oil paint unless otherwise specified.  Watercolour specialist teachers will offer courses to be confirmed.

    No prior experience is necessary, but all levels are welcome. Painting course participants are welcome to bring their own materials but a limited selection of student paints, brushes, palettes, palette knives and aprons are available to buy at Rusko Studio.  Canvas boards are also available to buy.

     
     
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