The story of the Galleries
How old town hall has transformed
Margaret McWilliam introduced Alistair Cumming, arts officer intern at Kirkcudbright Galleries.
He said a £3 million conversion had brought the old town hall, a B listed building, up to 21st century standards.
Before the upgrade, exhibitions which were popular with residents and visitors during the summer, had been staged for many years.
The Glasgow Boys, followed by the Glasgow Girls and the Airdrie Boys, were popular and well-attended short exhibitions. Now there is an extensive collection of work by local artists.
There are several exhibition spaces on different levels, accessible by stairs or lift. A café shares an exhibition space on the mezzanine floor.
There is stored art that can be brought out by visitors to view in addition to an interactive exhibit to enable further exploration of a variety of artists’ work. Alistair showed examples of the work of the artists Hornel, Oppenheimer, King, Faed, Taylor, Alexander and Sassoon.
Recently the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light took place and the Illumaphonium had been a great hit. Visitor numbers had exceeded expectations with many attracted to the town by it.
Ruth thanked Alistair for his presentation and thanked Vivien, Liz and Yvonne for providing the refreshments.
Competitions Favourite cup and saucer: 1 Christine; 2 Evelyn; 3 Chris; 4 Barbara; 5 Berta.
Tablet: 1 Kathleen; 2 Isobel; 3 Margaret.
Flower: 1 Barbara; 2 Chris; 3 Wendy; 4 Liz; 5 Christine.
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