Kirkcudbright-based artists past and present will be exhibiting their works as part of a celebration to mark ten years since the opening of the Artists’ Town’s Cannonwalls & Claverhouse studios.
The exhibition, Ten Years On, will be held at Kirkcudbright Galleries from Saturday 10 July to Sunday 28 November, supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, and will feature works from Cannonwalls & Claverhouse tenants past and present, including Nickie Newsum, Laura Derby, Catherine Coulson, Claire Cameron-Smith, Ian Cameron-Smith, Cate Ross, Hannah Morris, Ian Cameron-Smith, Lizzie Farey, Maggie Ayres, Margaret Milligan, Marianne Davidson, Patti Lean, Ross Fleming and Sarah Thomas.
For those who are unable to attend the physical exhibition Wasps will host a parallel digital exhibition, which will be launched at an online event on Friday 9 July, 6.00pm, featuring talks from participating artists Patti Lean and Cate Ross. Details on how to attend can be found on Wasps’ website, www.waspsstudios.org.uk.
Initially, the artists’ plan was to celebrate the anniversary earlier this year, but the global pandemic meant they were forced to move the timing of the exhibitions until it was possible for visitors to move around the country and enter public spaces safely. Patti Lean, one of the featured artists helping to curate the exhibition, found herself isolated in Europe for seven months, only recently managing to return home to Dumfries and Galloway.
Cannonwalls & Claverhouse based artist and Ten Years On exhibitor, Patti Lean: “This exhibition presents an illustration of the creativity in this area, and also highlights the potential for facilities like Cannonwalls & Claverhouse to bring artistic communities together. It has been invaluable to my work, and I hope that our visitors, in person and online, enjoy viewing what our Kirkcudbright artists have produced over the years. I’m delighted to be back in Dumfries and Galloway to see it happen.”
Scotland’s national provider of artist studios, Wasps (Workshop and Artist Studios Provision Scotland) developed and opened the former council properties in December 2010, offering 14 studios for local artists. Demand was such that all 14 studios were immediately taken, and now Cannonwalls & Claverhouse, situated on Kirkcudbright High Street, boasts a vibrant and diverse artistic community.
Cannonwalls & Claverhouse studios host a range of artistic practices, not only of painting, printmaking, graphics and photography, but also film, theatre, textiles, sculpture, artist books, research and writing. Many of the practitioners engage with the wider community, with events, performances, workshops and classes.
Ten Years On is at Kirkcudbright Galleries, St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright from Saturday 10 July. Kirkcudbright Galleries is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 4.00pm. For more information visit kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk.