This month, we are launching a series of events which look at the theme of art in public space. Our month-long project is focused around an exhibition which will be on display in Room 2 in the first week of May, and we hope to open up the discussion of the role of art in public space, share knowledge of the exciting projects which are already happening in Dumfries and beyond and think ambitiously for the future.The project begins on Friday 3rd May with the launch of the Art in Public Space exhibition. From 6pm, members of the public are invited to The Stove, 100 High Street, to view a series of works which inspire, activate, occupy, explore, reveal and reclaim. The exhibition features a series of recorded conversations with artists working in Dumfries & Galloway and across Scotland who work with and within a more public realm and work collaboratively with communities. The exhibition continues from 4th – 11th May, 10am – 5pm (excluding Sunday).On Thursday 9th May, inspired by the exhibition, join us for a Discussion Evening in which we invite people to join in the conversation and hear from artists and producers of projects in the region and beyond. The event begins at 7pm and refreshments will be provided.
A Conversation Booth will be set up in the town centre, creating a space for dialogue and discussion, sharing ideas and inspirations from other places for possibility in Dumfries and acts as a desk for unexpected conversation in public space. Members of the public are invited to book a 1-1 slot with an experienced artist for an intimate conversation; Matt Baker on Saturday 4th May and Jan Hogarth on Saturday 11th May. Bring your questions, ideas and suggestions – the conversation is open. For details and to book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.A guided walking tour with local legends, Mostly Ghostly, will also take place on Saturday 11th May at 2.30pm, inviting participants to uncover the history of the streets of Dumfries. The guided walk will explore hidden, forgotten and in some cases long gone closes of the town centre. From Pineapples to The Royal Oak, The Lion and the Lamb to the Crossed Keys and the Black Horse – the old closes of Dumfries are full of interesting forgotten narratives. Places are free, but please book in advance by clicking HERE.For the final part of our Art in Public programme, our Reel to Real Cinema presents a documentary about utopian dreams and concrete realities; the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. A journey of memory, place and performance guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets. Pre-film supper will also be available in the Stove Cafe, serving from 6pm. £5 per person.
Film starts at 7pm. Suggested donation £3.