Exquisite Corpse

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On Guid Nychburris Day, Saturday 16th June 2018, the town centre venues on the art trail will be playing a game synonymous with the Surrealist Movement, known as Exquisite Corpse.

The art form of the game Consequences, Exquisite Corpse is played by collecting different part of a body and putting them together to create something new and slightly strange!

Accompanied children and their will be welcomed into our shops and galleries to play and will be rewarded with lucky dip prizes!

Just head to one of these venues to start playing!

Cloud 9 Studio Gallery, Irish St.

Ottersburn Gallery, Nith Ave.

Handmade Craft House, Academy St.

The Art Room, Brook St.

The Yellow Door, Queen St.



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Guid Nychburris Day 2017

We’re gearing up for another sunny Guid Nychburris Day here in Dumfries! Dumfries Art Trail members will be on hand throughout the day to give visitors an additional event to pass time between official ones.

Each of the five town centre venues (Ottersburn Gallery, Cloud 9 Studio Gallery, The Art Room, The Yellow Door and the Handmade Craft House) will be open between 10 and 4 on Saturday 17th June. An easy to follow arrowed route links the shops and galleries. Look out for our distinctive pointers!

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Up on the High Street, near the Midsteeple, you will find Mr Cloud 9 and Caroline of Elegant Originals manning the DART HQ gazebo. From there children can collect an Animal Treasure Hunt sheet and adults can collect a map showing the location of the five venues.

Kids will need to find five animals in our galleries and shops before heading back to the gazebo for an Arty Prize!


Have fun!

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Open Studio Weekend 2017

Some of our member artists, makers and galleries are preparing their studios and spaces for visitors during the region’s open studio weekend, May 26th – May 29th.

Julie Hollis at Cloud 9 Studio Gallery will be open throughout the weekend (Thursday to Tuesday) between the hours of 10 and 4. Visitors will be able to view Julie’s Tiny Painting Exhibition (currently up for auction) as well as a wealth of locally produced arts and crafts.   Julie will also be painting in the studio!


Grace Rogerson of KGR Glass Design will have her studio doors open to visitors at her

house near the Dumfries Observatory between 10 am and 5pm on 27th and 28th May. Visitors will see Grace working on her new collection, as well as view her current work and

be able to purchase work on display!



The Yellow Door, Handmade Craft House, Handmade at Helen’sOttersburn Gallery and The Art Room will all be open during the weekend. Check their websites for details.

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DART on Border Life, Border ITV

Sandy McCracken of Border ITV walked around the art trail a couple of weeks ago, interviewing some members of the trail as he went.

This link will take you to his report. The piece relating to DART starts half way through, but it’s worth watching in its entirety!

Dumfries Art Trail on Border Life 8th Feb 2016

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This is the inaugural post on this blog and it’s here to welcome you to the Dumfries Art Trail (DART).

The trail has come about after local artists realizing that there was a lack of information for visitors and townsfolk alike, telling them when and where artists and galleries were in the town centre.

It is hoped that more towns centre artists and galleries will join us as we become more established, so please visit often in case the map has changed!

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