Where every name tells a story

Where every name tells a story

Exhibition reveals the mystery of place-names


27th September - 31st October 

A new coastal place-name exhibition celebrates the beauty of the Dumfries and Galloway shoreline and the language used to describe it.

The exhibition features images depicting the coastline and the history and stories behind the origins of place-names which often use words that have disappeared from our everyday language.

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Gatehouse Exposed

a photographic record of life in and around the town over the last 40 years by
Mike Bannister

11 September - 31 October 2017

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Exhibition : Planthunter - A Celebration of Michael Wickenden

1 July -3 September 2017

Michael Wickenden, the founder of Cally Gardens outside Gatehouse and who died last year, was a modern day explorer who travelled the world's remote places in search of new varieties of plants.  At Cally, in the former walled garden of Cally House, he created a specilalist nursery as well as a beautiful garden.

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Exhibition : Caroline McQuistin

3 - 25 June 2017
Bookshop Gallery

Caroline is an Edinburgh based photographer originally from a farm near Stranraer. Caroline works with both digital and analogue photography, creating images of a documentary style, telling stories through photography.

The exhibition comprises photographs created in the past year as well as prints from her travels around America. When creating her images, she researches the history and facts about the location to channel an essence of it into her imagery.

Exhibition: Kirkcudbrightshire Castles

Kirkcudbrightshire Castles Past and Present

An exhibition by The Scottish Castles Association


22 March - 21 May 2017


This exhibition traces looks at some of the many castles of Kirkcudbrightshire.  It includes castles in care, castles which have been restored, castles at risk, and a couple that are largely forgotten.  Many started off as quite similar tower houses, but their stories and outcomes differ considerably.  


10.30am - 5pm, The Bookshop Gallery


Exhibition : Instrumental

22 September - 31 October 2016

An exhibition of musical instrument photography by

Adrian Wilkins

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‘My Favourite Place’ Photography Competition

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland are running a photographic competition for young people in Summer 2016 to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. There will be two classes, one for those aged 15 and under, and one for those aged 16 to 24. The competition aims to encourage young people to engage with the built heritage around them, as all entries must feature a whole, or elements of, a building.

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Exhibition: Birds Sheep

17th August - 18 September 2016
Bookshop Gallery

Poems and linocuts from two new books by Roncadora Press.

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Exhibition : Alison Critchlow and Dorothy Ramsay

28 May - 26 June 2016 : Bookshop Gallery

Based in Cumbria, Alison Critchlow's work is about time, erosion, speed and motion. Starting outside, the landscape and especially the sea forms the basis for exploring painterly expression.

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Sensing Landscapes - Rachel Mimiec

1 April - 22 May 2016

A box set of twelve prints was created in response to the NSA (National Scenic Area) of Ben Nevis and Glencoe by artist Rachel Mimiec while undertaking a visual art residency with Scottish Natural Heritage. Journeys undertaken by the artist with different companions, including a mountaineer, a dear stalker, ramblers, geologists, and conservationists are documented in the format of Ordinance Survey maps.

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The Photographs of William McMurray

Gatehouse of Fleet 100 Years Ago

28 July-20 September 2015

A unique collection of old Gatehouse photographs - the work of William McMurray who lived from 1882 to 1966 and hidden from view for over 50 years.

The McMurray collection of photographs covers the period from the 1890s to the 1920s.

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Galloway textiles collective with invited artist, Roger Lever

Bookshop Gallery 2 – 31 Aug 2015

10.30am - 5pm

Celebrating EAFS 2015, Galloway textiles collective intertwine will be exhibiting, along with invited artist Roger Lever, at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, throughout August.

As part of the satellite programme, the show will reflect both the themes of EAFS 2015 and the diversity of practice of the individual members of the collective. The EAFS 2015 themes could hardly be better for us. Textiles is a rich and broad area, quintessentially reflective of our relationship with our environment, for good and ill, and also with who we are - creatures of community and settlement, of journeying and migration, of consumption and conservation, of creativity and celebration.

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Not to be Sold Separately

4 - 26 July 2015
Bookshop Gallery

A collective identity of diverse voices: an ensemble of young artists, seeking to establish themselves within the creative community of Dumfries and Galloway and beyond…

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Solway Seafood - Fishy Tales

24 June - 22 July 2015

Take a journey through time and discover the story of how fishing has changed along the Solway coast over the years.
The seafood featured is still fished commercially today providing an important part of our rural economy.

Solway seafood is wild, natural and delicious. Enjoy!



Holly Goldsworthy

23 May 2015 - 28 June 2015

Holly is a recent Glasgow School of Art graduate and is showing a new body of work that ranges in scale, from intimate hand-held objects to large architectural forms that respond to the gallery space, that activate and reflect upon the ephemeral nature of the sculpture.

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Andrew McKean - Paintings

Hill and Vale, Wood and Shore
Monday 23 March - Sunday 17 May 2015

Landscape paintings of the Fleet valley and estuary by the Gatehouse-based landscape artist.

Antony C Wolffe: Student Drawings 1938-44

Antony C Wolffe is a retired architect based in Gatehouse.  In January 2015, after a 70 year wait, he was honoured by the City of Edinburgh with the City of Edinburgh Civic Design Medal.  This exhibition was produced by The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and shown in January at the Edinburgh College of Art, where at a special reception Antony was presented with his medal.  We are delighted to be able to bring this exhibition of Antony's student drawings to Gatehouse, his home town.

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Christmas Show

3 - 21 December 2014

Bookshop Gallery

Paintings, ceramics and crafts with work by artists and makers from across the Region.  Exhibitors include ceramicists Andy Priestman and Anthea Summers, photographers Tom Fosbury, Norman Taylor and Stewart Baillie, printmakers Hugh Bryden and Lisa Hooper, paintings by Richard Brinley and Pauline Lawton and hand-made cards by Isobel Buenz.

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Deborah Campbell and Colin Blanchard

29 September - 2 November 2014
Bookshop Gallery
An exhibition pf prints and textiles by artists Deborah Campbell and Colin Blanchard.

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Little White Dress

Monday 18th August – Saturday 20th September 2014

In ‘Little White Dress’ paper artist Isabell Buenz shows her fairy-tale like collection of paper dresses and accessories made from tea bag paper, inspired by her favourite encounters with nature.

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Gatehouse Folk in The Great War

The Gatehouse & District Branch of the Royal British Legion Commemorative Exhibition
The Exhibition is being funded in part by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The content of the exhibition is based on the very comprehensive research carried out by Margaret and Graham Wright of Gatehouse. 

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Mosaic at the Mill

5 July - 10 August 2014

Kate Anderson
Joel Baker
Katy Galbraith
Dugald MacInnes
Frances Sutton

An exhibition that celebrates the diversity of Modern Mosaic  art in Scotland. Five members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic combine to show distinct and original approaches to mosaic expression in work which explores their particular interests in landscape, narrative, recycling and Sacred Geometry.  Both traditional and innovative materials can be seen in fascinating contrast in this exhibition.

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Trusty's Hill - A Window on Dark Ages Galloway

In 2012 an archaeological dig at Trusty's Hill, proved that the local fort had once been a major centre of Dark Ages Scotland.

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William Neal

17 May - 29 June 2014

Recent Paintings

Work from his two current strands - Lyrical Abstraction and Iridescent Passages

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31 March - 6 May 2014

from an observer’s journey
along the Water of Urr
from moor to shore

catchment is the result of an exploration of the Water of Urr in Galloway, over a period of two years, by four visual artists

Jennie Ashmore    
Malcolm Davies
Suzanne Stuart Davies    
Julian Francis        

and poet, Fiona Russell.

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31 March - 11 May 2014

Replenished with debris twice a day, the strandline marks the turning point of the last high tide and provides endless material for the curious beachcomber.

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Drawing a Voice

Collaborations between poetry and visual art

 Jean Atkin | Pamela Grace | Catriona Taylor

 28 September to 3 November 2013

This unusual exhibition displays the collaboration of two different visual artists with a poet, over several different projects.

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Growing : Sculpture & Drawing by Charles Poulsen

A new exhibition by Scottish Borders-based Charles Poulsen

‘This exhibition offers an insight into how an artist is inspired by nature, works with it and can subtly change the landscape we look to make us think in new ways.’  Fiona Wilson

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Biospheres are places with world-class environments that are designated by the United Nations to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and promote conservation and sustainable development on a regional scale. Biospheres are created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting sustainable economic development. They are places of cooperation, education and research where local communities, environmental groups, and economic interests can work collaboratively on conservation and development issues. This exhibition introduces Biospheres and in particular the new Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere.

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Norman Taylor Photography


6 July - 11 August 2013

An exhibition of flowers by local partially sighted photographer Norman Taylor.  Well known for his series of photographs and exhibitions called 'Shed' he now turns his attention to the rich colours and patterns of flowers.  An exhibition of exuberant colour and shape.

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Viewpoint Voices

24 May - 7 July 2013

Dumfries and Galloway has three National Scenic Areas (NSAs) – the Fleet Valley, the East Stewartry Coast and the Nith Estuary. They are recognised as some of the most scenic places in Britain and are a major asset for the region. Focused on river estuaries and bays, enclosed by surrounding hills and farmland, these landscapes have a wonderful range and variety of views both from and into the areas.

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Pauline Lawton : Paintings

25 May - 30 June 2013

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Pauline Lawton. 

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'The Golden Hour'

The Garden Photography of Andrea Jones
Internationally renowned garden photographer, Andrea Jones (2008-9 Photographer of the Year) shows a varied selection of her work, emphasising 'the luminous time' in inspiring gardens, where she has taken images so successfully - in Britian and around the world.

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Photographer to the Tsar

31st March – 13th May

The photographs of Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii were taken during the early years of the 20th century between 1907 and 1915.  They record the Russian Empire on the eve of the first world war and the coming revolution.  The photographer used a three-shot process to take three separate images of his subjects through red, green and blue filters which could then be combined to produce a colour image.  Originally his photographs were used in colour slide presentations using a special projector.  But using today’s digital technology it has become much easier to digitally combine his three-shot images to produce startling full colour photographs in print - images so fresh and clear that they might have been taken yesterday.

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Ian and Hilke MacIntyre

29th Sept – 31st Oct
Ian and Hilke MacIntyre: An exhibition of printmaking by two artists based in the East Neuk of Fife.


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Ewan McClure: Recent Paintings

29th Sept – 31st Oct
Observational paintings in oil by this Edinburgh-based artist - still life, portraits and landscape.

Ewan McClure studied painting under Alexander Fraser RSA at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating with honours in 1997. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Royal Scottish Academy, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Robert Fleming collection.


Exhibition : Denise Zygadlo : Involutus memet

18th August – 23rd Sept 2012

An exhibition of hangings and wall pieces on the poetry of the human body being clothed and veiled from the cradle to the grave.

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Exhibition : Simon Robinson : Botanics

28th July – 9th Sept
Simon Robinson is originally from New Zealand but now lives in south west Scotland. This exhibition presents the full series of his extraordinary studies of plants - an unexpected view of a different world.

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Ted Leeming and Morag Patterson

7th July – 12th August
Ted Leeming and Morag Patterson. Photographic exhibition of collaborative abstract and traditional landscape images.

Based in the Galloway Hills, photographers Ted Leeming and Morag Paterson have been working collaboratively for five years capturing the beauty of the natural world in their striking and evocative photographic images. They exhibit throughout the UK and are regularly featured in the national photographic press.

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Field Trip

23rd June – 22nd July
Field Trip:  An exhibition of project work undertaken with local school children in the three local National Scenic Areas. The exhibition is supported by work by the professional artists working with the projects.

This exhibition follows the many and varied experiences of children re-discovering the landscapes of their local area.

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Coral Beattie

2nd June – 1st July    
Coral Beattie: Recent graduate showcasing a mix of traditional and innovative woven textiles.

Coral Beattie BA (Hons) is a woven textile design graduate from The Glasgow School of Art (2007-2011). Coral who is based in Kilmarnock, has had strong links with the Dumfries and Galloway area since childhood.
Since finishing her degree Coral has worked for woven textile designer Angharad McLaren and more recently, with the visual display team at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh. In January Coral was awarded the Spring Fling Young Artists Bursary Award, which has funded further development of Coral’s graduate work and textile research. This has culminated in Coral joining the design team at Scottish woven textiles company Alex Begg & Co as their first new graduate designer.

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Emerging Talent: Three Illustrators from Edinburgh College of Art

“To make clear, to explain or elucidate by means of pictures, to cast light upon …These words seek to define illustration, an element within the architecture of the page encompassing form, colour, line and composition.” Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Illustration Department

We are three illustration students from Edinburgh College of Art invited to the Mill on the Fleet so show some of what we do in the marvelous, magical world of illustration. Three women from three countries showing three very different approaches to the discipline, which we hope will convey the extraordinary depth and breadth of work to be found within the field.

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Lida Hatrick - Paintings

28th April – 28th May        
Lida Hatrick: Paintings from the Border Hills.  Paintings and drawings by this Berwickshire-based artist.


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