Art Galleries in the Area
Art Gallery and Heritage Centre
RFA has been appointed to create a new art gallery and heritage centre in Kirkcudbright located in the former Town Hall building and celebrating the world-famous Artists’ Town. The gallery is due to open in March 2017.
Renovation of the Town Hall as part of the Galloway Galleries Project will enable the Stewartry collection of over 300 works of fine art and 80 works of decorative art and craftwork to be displayed, most of which are presently in storage. This includes works by the Faed family of artists in the 1880s, and also E A Hornel, the locally-born and pre-eminent artist of the ‘Glasgow Boys’ colony, in the 1900s. With generations of artists and craftspersons following on, Kirkcudbright artists have been an important part of Scotland’s social history for the past 150 years.
Regularly changing exhibitions will be accommodated alongside a permanent display celebrating the artists through their work.
An exciting new development has occurred since appointment with plans to display a Viking hoard – very recently discovered at Twynholm near Kirkcudbright – as part of the new attraction. The Galloway Viking hoard is described as ‘one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times in Scotland’ and a special gallery will display the collection in a dramatic and informative manner using a layered approach.
More info from their website.
The Kirkcudbright Gallery
The Kirkcudbright Gallery is an internet only gallery specialising in paintings from the Kirkcudbright School of Artists, paintings of Dumfries and Galloway and examples of work by leading Scottish Painters of the 19th and 20th Century.
"The rationale behind The Kirkcudbright Gallery's online conception allows presentation of works of art direct to any prospective purchaser/collector incorporating a very competitive pricing structure that exploits the low overheads inherent in this type of gallery. Subsequently we can offer many paintings that are extremelly competitively priced and by passing much of this saving directly to the client we believe, especially in these uncertain financial times, that we can offer exceptional value for money to any prospective purchaser."
high st. gallery, Kirkcudbright
Situated at the heart of Kirkcudbright’s historic artists’ colony, high st. gallery exhibits Scottish Contemporary Art, Scottish and Kirkcudbright Fine Art, antiques and jewellery.
high st. gallery is owned by Maureen Briggs D.A. and Richard Ross D.A., both graduates of Glasgow School of Art.
- Scottish Contemporary Art
- Scottish Fine Art
Visit their website... It often contains numerous works by local artists.
The Tolbooth Art Centre
The Tolbooth Art Centre provides visitors with an introduction to the story of the town's artists' colony. The Tolbooth dates back to 1629, and now provides gallery accommodation for the best of the Council's painting collection including works by S.J. Peploe, Charles Oppenheimer, Jessie M. King, Lena Alexander, Robert Sivell and many more. The story of the Kirkcudbright artists is told through a 15 minute audio-visual show.
The studios on the upper floor are used by the current generation of artists and craftworkers, and the ground floor has a friendly café serving fresh coffee, teas and locally produced cakes and biscuits and a gift shop, retailing artists' prints, paintings, crafts, art books and reproductions.
Dumfries and Galloway Council website has more....
Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright.
This small gallery, on two floors, offers a busy exhibition programme throughout the year, featuring not only the works of our wealth of local artists and craft-workers, but also increasingly artists from slightly further afield.
The majority of items are displayed for sale, competitively priced, and in many instances can be removed immediately they are bought.
The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright.
The Whitehouse Gallery Gallery is a warm, friendly space located in the centre of Kirkcudbright.
The gallery exhibits and offers for sale a wide range of eclectic, affordable art & crafts from local, national and international artists. Located in St Mary Street with plenty of free parking, the gallery attracts visitors throughout the year.
Kirkcudbright Picture Framers
In addition to all the quality framing services you would expect from this framing shop there is also a display of local prints and original art work for sale .
They usually have a mixture of oils, watercolours and acrylics - some by local artists and some by international artists. You will also find a good range of prices so there should be something to suit any budget.
Broughton House, Kirkcudbright.
This is an eighteenth-century town house in the High Street owned by the National Trust for Scotland, It was the house lived in by E.A. Hornel from 1901 until his death in 1933. Hornel, who came from an old Kirkcudbright family, became a leading member of an important group of Scottish artists known as the 'Glasgow Boys'. He settled in Kirkcudbright at the height of his fame. By personal contact and reputation he attracted other artists to the town, and so can be seen as the founder of the art colony. Examples of his work, his furniture, china etc are still there as is his extensive library - about 25,000 books and manuscripts, most of them with a Dumfries and Galloway connection.
For many visitors the crowning glory of the property is, however, the garden that backs on to the Dee estuary and still contains many features designed by Hornel himself. A visit to this fascinating house and its tranquil garden makes a compelling reason to visit Kirkcudbright.