The story of the Gal­leries

How old town hall has trans­formed

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Gate­house SWI

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.

Great fa­cil­ity The Gal­leries

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