Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford
Open daily except sundays from 9.30am to 5pm this pottery makes a range of domestic earthenware both decorative and illustrative using traditional slipware techniques.
For more information about this pottery visit: www.barnbarroch-pottery.com
Rockcliffe Art Gallery
This art gallery is in the grounds of the Barons Craig Hotel at Rockcliffe and showcases a varied and regularly changing programme of work by professional artists. The Gallery is open from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week.
For more information about this gallery visit: www.rockcliffegallery.co.uk
McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas
There are five main exhibiting spaces in this quirky little gallery at the bottom of King Street in Castle Douglas, all the spaces display a variety of paintings, pottery and glass arranged in appealing and interesting ways. All work displayed in the gallery is for sale.
For more information about this gallery and its exhibitions visit: www.mcgillduncangallery.com
Kirkcudbright The Artists Town
Known locally as the Artists Town, kirkcudbright has been home to a number of famous artists over the years including Jessie M King, E.A. Taylor, Charles Oppenheimer and E.A. Hornel (you can see some of E.A. Hornel's work in his old home Broughton House). You can find out about Kirkcudbright's famous artists by visiting the Tolbooth Art Centre, which displays some of their work and has audio-visual shows about the Artist's Town and Jessie M King. The top floor of the Art Centre is also used as an exhibition space displaying a range of contemporary art and craft exhibitions.
Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail (August)
The Arts and Crafts trail takes places every year and allows you to visit studios that normally aren't open to the public and see artwork by Kirkcudbright's current artists and makers. There is a varied programme of events and you can find out more about the them and the trail on: www.artandcraftstrail.co.uk
Sculptures in The Galloway Forest Park
Hidden away in an old sheep stell is the 'Quorum' a group of stone heads carved from local rock by Matt Baker and Doug Cocker as part of the "Art in the Galloway Forest Park" project and set into the walls of the stell. You can walk to these sculptures from the car park at the Grey Mares Tail on the Queens Way (A712) between New Galloway and Newton Stewart, by taking the path on the right hand side of the burn and over the ridge.
A bit further on from the sheep stell you can also see "The Eye" at Black Loch a tall spire made from red-earthen tiles built by Colin Rose.
To find out more about this footpath visit: www.dumfriesandgallowaynaturalhistory.co.uk
The Spring Fling and DG Arts Festivals
Join the celebration of art in Dumfries and Galloway at the Spring Fling and DG Arts Festivals during May and June.
The Spring Fling festival is an annual open studio event in Dumfries and Galloway which allows you to visit studios not normally open to the public as well as a number of art related events and workshops. The find out more about the Spring Fling Festival www.spring-fling.co.uk
The DG Arts Festival hosts an annual programme of events ranging from contemporary theatre, visual arts, dance and music ranging from jazz, classical and folk. Events take place throughout Dumfries and Galloway at venues large and small. TO find out more about the DG Arts Festival visit: www.dgartsfestival.org.uk