Curated by Katie Anderson

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’

When the lockdown struck, all activity at the Stove was put on hold and what started to emerge was a project titled Homegrown, gathering and sharing the conversations, creativity and new narratives being drawn in real time during the lockdown by Stove members and community.

Elsewhere is a research project that looks to re-locate the online creative practice of Homegrown in the High Street of Dumfries as means of exploring public space during a time when we as a community are responding to, and recovering from the effects of COVID on our sense of place.

Elsewhere looks to experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. Elsewhere will investigate the unfamiliar in the local, coming together whilst social distancing, and creating a space to share, reflect and create new ideas for public space going forward.

Elsewhere aims to be about low-key testing – pop up investigations for small, transient audiences. We want to explore pausing whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and
at all times of day. Elsewhere invites audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.

For information about Katie, visit our Participants page.

Artist Helen Walsh was the first commission to share her work in Dumfries as part of Elsewhere, with the exhibition Messages. Find out more here


Our second artist, Andy Brooke shares a series of artworks as part of his exhibition, Where Were We Then? Where Are We Now? Find out more here



In September, the Dumfries Signwriting Squad led on the repainting of two shop fronts in Dumfries owned by Midsteeple Quarter, beginning the conversation about Elsewhere.