Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

Patti Lean, the society's president

Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society is one of the oldest art societies in the country and perhaps one of the most fortunate in its founders.

Amongst its founding members in 1922, were Jessie M. King, her husband E. A. Taylor, and Chris J. Fergusson. Early members included E.A. Hornel and Charles Oppenheimer and our records show that F.C.B. Cadell and Katherine Cameron were regular exhibitors in the 1920s.

In 2017 the society mounted its 90th annual exhibition alongside a special “Past and Present” show of distinguished members’ work, at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.

In addition to the selected annual exhibition, the society arranges other unselected exhibitions for its members - in 2018, one at

Castle Douglas in the spring and another at Ottersburn Gallery in Dumfries leading up to Christmas. In 2019 our spring show took place at the Harbour Cottage gallery in Kirckudbright and our annual exhibition was once again at Gracefield, Dumfries. The covid pandemic put paid to gallery exhibitions in 2020 but online "virtual" exhibitions were mounted instead.

In normal times the society arranges a winter programme of demonstrations and workshops given by professional artists, and a summer programme of workshops in different media. Our members include amateurs of all levels, and non-painters who enjoy the talks and demonstrations, as well as many professional artists.

The subscription rose from £10 to £20 a year from January 1, 2020. The increase - the first for years - will help meet the cost of presentations and workshops and contribute to the society's aim of promoting the arts, particularly among young people.

Click on the link under "Join now" to download a membership application. Existing members: if you did not amend your standing order before January 1, 2020, please download the "Subscription update" form now and send to your bank; please email the membership secretary to say that you have done so. If you have already paid £20 for 2021 and are setting up a standing order for the first time please use the "bank mandate" form. Contact the treasurer if you need help.

Click here to see the society's constitution

Join now

Membership form

Subscription update

Bank mandate


Some previous issues of the society's magazine can be downloaded here:-


Autumn 2020

Spring 2020

Autumn 2019

Spring 2019

Autumn 2018

Spring 2018

Autumn 2017

Spring 2017

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