Kirkcudbright Youth Project

Date posted 10/01/18

Kirkcudbright Youth Project is looking for a couple of enthusiastic adult volunteers to help at the junior sessions on some Wednesday nights 6pm – 7:30pm. We have a fantastic group of young people aged 9 – 13 and as our member numbers have increased, we are looking for some volunteers to help supervise the young people and join in with activities where possible, alongside youth work staff. Please note, the new volunteer/s would NOT be required at every session (unless desired by the volunteer!), as the volunteer would primarily be stepping in when staff are ill or unavailable.

We currently meet at the Scout Hall, behind St Cuthbert’s Church and occasionally during winter months we run a sports session from the Kirkcudbright Primary School Hall.

All volunteers MUST be registered on the PVG scheme and be checked. We can organise this via our PVG scheme and there will be no cost to the volunteer/s. All costs incurred through volunteering will be reimbursed to the volunteer/s.

Preferably, volunteer/s will have experience of working or volunteering with children and young people in a youth club or school environment, but this is not essential as we will help you along the way. Most importantly the new volunteer/s must enjoy working with young people, be non-judgemental, understanding and enthusiastic!

For more information, please contact Amy-Dee Watson at or on 01671 820654 or find us on Facebook under Kirkcudbright Youth Project.

(Kirkcudbright Youth Project is run by trained youth work staff from Kirkcudbright Development Trust.)


Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

Date posted: 29/10/17

Are you interested in engaging with our future visitors, letting them know about the wide variety of artists and artistic styles of those who made Kirkcudbrightshire their home, either in the summer months, or permanently, during the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present day?

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us connect our visitors to the rich artistic heritage of Kirkcudbrightshire.

If you like working with people and enjoy sharing your love of our local artistic heritage, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteers will be supported through free training focusing on the collections of Kirkcudbright Galleries, the temporary exhibition programme of both historic and contemporary art and the Galleries’ programme of events and activities.

Volunteers will also be encouraged to develop their own particular interests and skills and to lead specialist tours or run practical art activities, to enable Kirkcudbright Galleries to further engage with our audiences.

For further information please contact:
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Kirkcudbright Food Festival Cooks Up A Storm!

Due to stormy conditions, the Food Festival is being moved from the Harbour Square to KIRKCUDBRIGHT ACADEMY.

There will be no change to the programme, come along and join us !! There will be signage to direct visitors to the Academy !!


Kirkcudbright Food Festival takes place this weekend from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October, serving up a menu of delicious food and drink events, activities, experiences and entertainment. The weekend festival is designed to showcase and celebrate the local produce of south west Scotland and it’s proving popular, with several events already selling out!

Famous as Scotland’s Artists Town, Kirkcudbright is fast becoming a destination for quality local produce with one of the fastest growing farmers’ markets in Scotland taking place in the picture perfect harbour town each month. The festival, which is organised and hosted by Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities, combines fun food challenges with educational activities for children, celebrity guest chefs and a 50 stall strong producers market. There will be street food, live music, cookery schools, competitions and special dining events. There’s even a complementary Gin Festival running throughout the festival showcasing 140 gins!

Organiser Niomi Brough said this year’s festival is about learning about food as well as celebrating and enjoying it.

“My aim for the food festival this year is to provide, not just great food producers and talks, but to ensure that there are learning experiences; that people can come away from our festival having discovered something new.”

“It’s all too easy, in a region so steeped in phenomenal food and agriculture, to forget that we are surrounded by hard working primary producers that work tirelessly to produce internationally recognised, award-winning foods. Kirkcudbright Food Festival is an opportunity for these people to tell us where their amazing products come from, and it’s an opportunity for us to learn how to use it and make the most of it. It’s not just about supporting local, there is more to eating good quality local food than that.”

“This year we have worked hard to create a tasty programme of events that offers lots to enjoy for everyone. We have two headline chefs who are hosting events on the Saturday and Sunday, we have more than 40 producers spread over 50 stalls, a dedicated interactive learning marquee for children, hands-on cook school, Scottish heritage events, live bands and an atmospheric evening market.”

Saturday’s special guest is Rosie Dummer AKA Rosie Cake-Diva who is a social media star cake maker. On Sunday Scottish spice king Tony Singh will be bringing his flair for flavour and his passion for local produce to Kirkcudbright Food Festival with a mouth watering menu of dishes featuring local produce.

Other activities include a 7 course local dining experience, in-depth farm tours and tastings, fish filleting demonstrations, gin tasting events, cake competitions and workshops including a new event titled The Great D&G Cake Off, lunchbox workshops, nutritionist clinics, sausage eating challenges and chef demonstrations.

Kirkcudbright Food Festival takes place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October. Tickets for talks and demonstrations are available from

For more information contact Niomi Brough on 07710 240979

Opportunity for a guest curator for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

Date posted: 22/09/17

The Kirkcudbright Festival Management and Partnership Group is seeking to commission a Festival Guest Curator with an international reputation.  She or he will help research and programme a high-quality arts festival.  In essence, the appointment of Festival Guest Curator is the artistic fulcrum of this project, and will bring all the cultural elements of the planning together.

Some elements of the Festival Programme will be researched and taken forward by the Management and Partnership Group.  The Guest Curator is therefore not responsible for the full Festival Programme, but for the “Curated Strand”.  Project management support to the Festival and commissioned Festival Guest Curator will be provided by the Kirkcudbright Development Trust.

The Festival is planned to coincide with the opening of the new art gallery – a £3.1m publicly funded, public gallery which will house nationally significant collections in the former town hall – the Festival will take place in October 2018.

The Kirkcudbright Festival of Light aims to create far-reaching outcomes.  The proposed legacies are cultural and commercial:-

  • To profile Kirkcudbright as beautiful, contemporary artists’ town that is developing in an organic way and that now possesses a national gallery of art.
  • To plan, manage and deliver an exemplar International Festival that will act as a basis for future creative ideas in the town.
  • To create new and effective partnerships between businesses and galleries in the town that will help promote Kirkcudbright in years to come.

For more information please apply for the Full Guest Curator Brief by emailing Andrew Ward on

Applications to be received by 20th October 2017.

Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Teresa Durá Branson

Kirkcudbright HarbourDate posted: 24/04/17

“Ten years after Teresa Durá Branson’s final exhibition in May 2007, in her home town of Kirkcudbright, she finally put down her brushes. Now the paintings of the late Teresa Durá Branson, who passed away in 2016, are once again on display in the town.

The Tolbooth Art Centre is staging a retrospective exhibition of the Spanish born artist’s atmospheric work from May 3 to May 21. Most people will find that this Retrospective Exhibition is worth browsing around at their leisure.

Paintings by Teresa are kept in many private and public collections around the world, including the Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries. Unlike many artists, Teresa Durá Branson was equally at home painting in oils, pastels, watercolours and mixed media.

In her work Teresa endeavoured to visually convey the emotions which nature inspired in all it’s moods. At times these moods were subtle and serene, and at others bold and dramatic, and often many of her works are imbued with a mystical and spiritual undercurrent. She was a visionary and a free thinker and embraced the gift of life, considering it to be a privilege.

Teresa’s legacy will live on through her many paintings”

Petition to Save the Viking Hoard for Galloway

Date posted: 28/02/17

Galloway’s Viking Hoard should be displayed in the local area and not be lost to Edinburgh.



Why is this important?

The magnificent Galloway Viking Hoard, buried in the region’s soil 1,000 years ago for safekeeping, should have its home in Kirkcudbright’s new art gallery. We are calling on Fiona Hyslop to help make sure this happens. This would make Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology something to celebrate.

You can sign the petition here:

or to send the following letter to the persons indicated.   Download letter (pdf):  GVHCG letter


Music Group

Enabling all children to participate in and appreciate musical performance and to bring music to all sections of the community

Meeting in Cochran Hall, 7.00 p.m. Thursday 19th January 2017:

Notes and Action Points

Attending: Anthony Tuffery, Paul Tebay, John Frew, Hannah Gill, John Lawson, Leon McCaig, Ruth Paterson, Kathleen Picken, Colin Saul, John Womersley

Apologies: Sheila McKean (Gatehouse Musical Society; David McHale (GMS and Kbt. Development Trust); Jane Richardson (Kbt. Choral Society); Mike Duguid (Rotary)

Head Teacher’s perspective: to give all children of all abilities the opportunity to play music beyond the classroom in the widest range of settings. By bringing people from the town and further afield to the School, and Schoolchildren into the community, the School can be brought to the heart of the community and Kirkcudbright become as re-known for Art in its widest sense as for its Artists. The two-year funding from the Holywood Trust and other sources will be used for extracurricular tuition and performance and is a further step in building up music facilities, equipment and performance that began three years ago and it is hoped will continue for many years to come. Sustainability will therefore be a key consideration.

Points emerging from discussion:

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