Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

Davy Brown, 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 92nd annual exhibition will once again be at Gracefield, Dumfries.

Each year, 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 for the remainder of 2019 is only £10 but the annual subcription will rise to £20 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.

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