About

What We Do

The Stove Network is an arts and community organisation in the heart of Dumfries High Street. We’re a cafe, a meeting place and an arts venue with a diverse programme stretching across music and literature, visual and public art, film and theatre, to town planning, architecture and design.

We use arts and creativity to encourage, to gather, learn and bring life back to our town centre. We see the arts not as something solely for an ‘arts audience’ but rather as a vital contribution to society on all fronts.

At the heart of everything we do is a love for our town and wider region. As the only arts-led development trust in Scotland, we work alongside our local authority, community organisations, local businesses and charities to create a vision for the future of Dumfries High Street. We’re aiming to create a place where culture, community and enterprise work hand-in-hand to support a new vision of the High Street.

We work hard to raise the profile of our creative community and our town through regular opportunities, workshops, events and projects.

We’re also a hub for the creative community of Dumfries. We’re a space for you to use. So if you have an idea, need some space or even advice on starting a project or want to partner with us – we’re here!


Our Aims

What is our vision?

We want to help make Dumfries and our region a place where communities thrive through collaboration, enterprise and risk-taking. A place where everyone is supported to be involved creatively and take part in the celebration and making of our culture.

How will we do this?

Through place-based work and embedded arts practice, we will support creative conversation, enterprise and inclusion. We will bring together diverse communities to promote and develop well-being and sustainable local futures.

  • We will:
    • build and sustain networks locally, regionally and nationally
    • support meaningful collaborations and active partnership for community development and place based working
    • develop potential in our community by creating pathways to new opportunities and learning
    • revitalise towns by supporting community solutions and developing public policy
    • use and promote creativity as a tool for communities to be part of shaping the future of their places and their wellbeing

Our values

  • The Stove is a strongly values-based network with clear beliefs in what we do and how we do it. Our values inform, guide and benchmark our day-to-day interactions, choices and practice:
    • Risk-taking
    • Collaboration
    • Acknowledging Emotions
    • Empowerment
    • Positive disruptive change
    • Innovation
    • Inclusion


How We Do It

Creative Practice at The Stove

More about our ethos of embedded creative practice.

Key Facts About The Stove

Some of the key facts and history of the Stove Network, 100 High Street building and the impact of the Creative Industries nationally.

Stove Procurement Policy

In principle The Stove Network aims to support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway, and specifically the creative and cultural sector.

The Stove and the Town Centre

The history and evolving story of The Stove’s relationship with the town centre and our connection with Midsteeple Quarter.

Bringing Proposals to the Stove

The door of The Stove Network is always open to ideas and proposals from our members and our wider community.