After undergoing a £3.2 million transformation, Kirkcudbright’s B-listed, 19th-century town hall reopened as Kirkcudbright Galleries. A dedicated, permanent gallery will celebrate the history of the town’s famous artist’s colony through paintings, drawings, book illustrations, ceramics and jewellery by the likes of John Faed, Edward Atkinson Hornel, Jessie Marion King, Samuel John Peploe and Robert Sivell and explore why Kirkcudbright was and still is a desirable location for so many artists and craftmakers.
In 2015, the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection was officially recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection and a significant portion of this collection will be on display in the permanent exhibition gallery. In addition, two temporary exhibition galleries will host a programme of high-quality exhibitions and international touring shows, while a flexible mezzanine level will be used for a variety of events and art installations.
The inaugural temporary exhibition is 40/40 Vision, featuring work produced at the WASPS, national network of artist studios and marking the end of its 40th year. will look to the past and future, displaying work by artists from its studios in every part of the country. Sixty artists will each show one to four pieces, including paintings, drawings, original prints, willow work, sculpture, digital art, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.