Arts & Crafts
Southern Scotland boasts a vast variety of arts and crafts venues, galleries, museums, workshops, studios and shops; many of which visitors can view or become involved within the artistic process, meeting the maker and enjoying an inspiring, yet educational day out with the family. Rich with cultural heritage, Dumfries and Galloway is host to more art and craft practitioners per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.
The Artists’ Town of nearby Kirkcudbright was home to many distinguished artists such as E.A. Hornel and Jessie M. King in the 1920s; while also being renowned for being the summer haunt of famous Scottish Colourist, S.J. Peploe. Kirkcudbright remains prosperous with many artists and craft workers resident in the town with much of their work being displayed in the local galleries and studios, keeping alive the original ethos of the Artists’ Town.
Nearby Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival. Founded in 1999, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK’s best-loved literary events and this year has more than 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts. The Guardian has called it “the sort of festival people become possessive about”. The festival has won a ScottishPower Foundation Award for Community Engagement, the Thistle Award for tourism, the Arts & Business (Scotland) Community Award, a Creative Places Award, and welcomes writers from far and wide. It also celebrates the rich history and landscape of Galloway. The Festival takes place every year in September but the town welcomes visitors all year round. Please see http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/.
Please find below information and links to web sites for artists and craft makers based in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland.