Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

Back to the walls!

A return to gallery exhibitions is now on the cards. Gracefield Arts Centre administrator Dawn Henderby told the society's annual general meeting on Friday April 16 that Gracefield would be available for the DAGFAS summer exhibition from July 3 to August 9.

She suggested that, because of coronavirus restrictions expected to be still in force at that time, it would be best to have an open entry, avoiding the need for a selection process. Hand-in would be at pre-booked times and numbers viewing the exhibition at any one time would have to be limited.

The chairman, Kathleen Woods, told the meeting that the Harbour Cottage Gallery at Kirkcudbright had been booked for November 1 to 13 for the society's winter exhibition.

The society will be celebrating its centenary

next year and the possibility of a special exhibition at Kirkcudbright - the society's birthplace - is being explored.

Treasurer Audrey Grierson reported that as a result of savings made through not being able to hold talks, demonstrations, workshops or gallery exhibitions, there was a larger bank balance than usual, at £8,542.

This could be put to good use in marking the 100 year anniversary. Suggestions from the members for ways of celebrating the occasion are invited.

Three new members were elected to the society's council: Aileen MacEwan (previously co-opted), Maureen Edgar, and Caroline Hone.

(Members had voted by email because of the pandemic, and the meeting was conducted via Zoom).

The Galloway Line

This is the title chosen by HND Art and Design students from Dumfries and Galloway College for their graduation show, which will be online in June. The show charts the students’ journeys through art to their future. Each student has been exploring a different theme throughout the year and the exhibition will showcase this through a range of techniques and use of materials including ceramics, painting, printmaking, digital media and textiles. They can be followed on Instagram @ the_galloway_line_2021.


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