The Monarch of the Glen on tour

The Monarch of the Glen at Kirkcudbright Galleries 9th to 27th June 2018

Edwin Landseer’s painting The Monarch of the Glen is on short term loan to
Kirkcudbright Galleries when the gallery opens on 9th June.

Kirkcudbright Galleries Opening hours
Summer (April-October) Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5, last entry 4,30pm.
Winter (November-March) Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4, closed Mondays, last entry 3.30pm.

See website for further details:


Johnston School – Public Appeal

Click on image to download a pdf version of the leaflet

Date posted 30/01/18

Dear Supporter
As you may know Kirkcudbright Development Trust is leading a project to create a Community Activity and Resource Centre in the former Johnston School. Details of the various parts of the plan are described in the leaflet.

The project will cost £2m of which we have secured £1.4m. Funding applications totalling £500,000 are in process. Our aim is to raise the outstanding £100,000 by Easter 2018 via a public appeal.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to contribute to this amazing project. Leaflets can be downloaded here or collected from the Library, Festivities Charity Shop or many of the shops in the town. Thank you for your support.


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.

Read more…Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

Kirkcudbright Food Festival Cooks Up A Storm!

Date posted 18/10/17

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!

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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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