Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

A virtual chance!

The society’s spring show at Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright, has had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis. But all is not lost! We are proposing a “virtual” exhibition on the website instead.

Members are invited to send photos of two recent artworks – paintings, prints, drawings, crafts, etc. – to the editor ian@dumfriesandgallowayfineartsociety.org by Monday April 27, to be displayed on the website for the month of May and possibly longer. There is no entry fee.

Showing your work in this online exhibition will not prevent you submitting it for one of the society’s “real” exhibitions at a later date. There will be no selection on this occasion. We cannot undertake to sell work online, but a price may be shown and any expressions of interest from potential buyers will be forwarded to the artists concerned; it will then be up to them to deal with the enquiry. But please let us know if a work is sold (we are not taking commission).

Photos of your work should be sent as attachments to email, with, of course, the artist’s name, title of the work, medium, and price (if you wish to include it).

If you are not used to photographing artwork you can find plenty of information on the internet, but some points to be aware of:

Make sure the work is evenly lit and you are photographing it straight on and not from an angle.

Do not use flash.

Best to photograph a work without glass but if that is not possible try to avoid reflections (if your camera can take it, a linear polarising filter will help).

You can include the picture’s frame in the photo, or not, as you wish.

But don’t worry – we don’t expect professional quality results from everyone!

Email the editor with any queries.


The Harbour Cottage Gallery at Kirkcudbright has been rebooked for spring next year. Meanwhile, the society's AGM has had to be postponed from April 17. Hazel Campbell's workshop on May 9 is another likely casualty and may be rescheduled for the autumn. Meanwhile, click here for a list of virtual galleries open to you around the world.


Make the most of isolation and let us have some great artwork for our virtual spring show, by April 27!