Kirkcudbright Art Gallery Project, Dumfries & Galloway
Glasgow Boys and Vikings in the Artists’ Town.
RFA has been appointed to create a new art gallery and heritage centre in Kirkcudbright located in the former Town Hall building and celebrating the world-famous Artists’ Town.
Working alongside architect ARPL (Ayr), a renaissance of the presently rather dull old building is planned turning it into a vibrant cultural centre for the town.
Renovation of the Town Hall as part of the Galloway Galleries Project will enable the Stewartry collection of over 300 works of fine art and 80 works of decorative art and craftwork to be displayed, most of which are presently in storage. This includes works by the Faed family of artists in the 1880s, and also E A Hornel, the locally-born and pre-eminent artist of the ‘Glasgow Boys’ colony, in the 1900s. With generations of artists and craftspersons following on, Kirkcudbright artists have been an important part of Scotland’s social history for the past 150 years.
Regularly changing exhibitions will be accommodated alongside a permanent display celebrating the artists through their work.
An exciting new development has occurred since appointment with plans to display a Viking hoard – very recently discovered at Twynholm near Kirkcudbright – as part of the new attraction. The Galloway Viking hoard is described as ‘one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times in Scotland’ and a special gallery will display the collection in a dramatic and informative manner using a layered approach.