Homegrown was an immediate response from the Stove to the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown that saw the world close it’s doors and retreat into our homes. The project ran from March to June 2020, and comprised of Stove member micro commissions, creative challenges, conversations and reflections.

This is an archive of much of the content that was created during the project. The homegrown webpages will continue to live on the Stove website as a record of all of the work that we have shared and grown in our homes, together. We hope that you will navigate these pages and uncover some of the brilliant, beautiful, insightful and playful responses we received to the project.

Homegrown was conceived of as a starting point, not to provide answers but to open the door to include as many voices in our conversations – towards a new folklore that documented the response from Dumfries and our wider Stove membership in a time of social isolation.

Special thanks to everyone that contributed to homegrown.

Themes and Creative Responses

Over the past few weeks we have been receiving and sharing proposals and creative responses from across our Stove membership to the current situation as part of our micro commission series. Each week we will select a new artist to profile and share as part of homegrown. The responses reflect one or more of our homegrown themes. There are some real gems and inspirational responses in here, so take a little time to find all of them. To see each of the responses, click any of the theme links below.





Creative Challenges

Every week as part of homegrown, we will be sharing with you a creative challenge you can take on at home, in isolation and through connecting with one another through the internet.

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Ongoing Creative Challenges

Memory Jars

Our first creative challenge is Memory Jars!

Create a miniature collage, a ship in a bottle, a time capsule, a scene from your day, a miniature sculpture, a light box… (keep it safe though, mind) – we’re sure there are endless opportunities.

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Nith Time-lapse

Our second creative challenge is Nith Time-laspe!

We’re asking people to take one photograph from the same spot every day (or each day that you’re out), and at the end of the lockdown we can put them together into a time lapse animation to see how the environment has changed during that time.  

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Our third creative challenge is create an animation for a praxinoscope!

For our next Creative Challenge artists Mark Zygadlo and Ross Fleming invite you to create a short 12 frame animation cycle that can be loaded into the praxinoscope!

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Places Where We Dream

For our fourth creative challenge, We’ve teamed up with the remarkable team at For Enjoyment.

We’re inviting submissions of poetry, flash fiction, stories, anecdotes or memories on the subject ‘Places Where We Dream’.

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Secret Spaces Printmaking

Our fifth Creative Challenge is printmaking!

We’d like you to think about your secret spaces you have now and explore this through two different types of printmaking.

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Homegrown Collage Exchange

Week Six: We are inviting you to take part in a postal collage exchange suggested by stove member Denise Zygadlo!

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Snapshots Photography Challenge

Our seventh creative challenge is Snapshots Photography: 10 topics, 10 Images, 60 minutes! Prize for the best set of images.

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For our final creative challenge, we are exploring the theme of doorways – we’d like you to make a creative response for your own front door.

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Homegrown Artist Talks

Each of our selected artists taking part in homegrown has also created an artist talk, sharing their practice, inspirations and background to their work. We hope we will be able to build a collection representing a broad selection of our membership.