Smile – You’re On Camera At Gracefield!

To celebrate its 70th successful year Dumfries Camera Club set out to photograph 1,000 residents of Dumfries and Galloway and have now comfortably exceeded this target. The resulting exhibition in the Gracefield Gallery 1, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, running until 30 September promises to be quite unique with more than 1,000 prints festooned on strings around the galleries, interspersed with much larger pictures of local people.

“Doonhamers” born and bred and newcomers, young and old, rich and homeless with a sprinkling of local celebrities, as well as strangers, will be draped all over the galleries.

If you are hung on one of the strings, come to the exhibition on the last day, Saturday 30 September, and we will give you your picture to take home!

Councillor John Martin, Vice-Chairman of the Communities Committee commented:

“There’s bound to be many familiar faces in the Camera Club’s show and it’s a real credit to them to have such a long proud history, and to continue to thrive as one of the busiest Camera Clubs in the country. Well done on your 70 year anniversary!”

Across in Gallery 2 – Norman Taylor exhibits a selection of his vibrant new work in the Café Gallery.
Born in Belfast, Norman moved to Gatehouse of Fleet with his partner in 2001. He was a keen photographer all his life, but his sight began to decline a few years later, and he was registered blind in 2011. He thought at first his photography days were over, but after being introduced to digital photography by a friend he found a new way of creating powerful images.

Flower Power celebrates the place of flowers in our lives, with a study of shapes, colours and textures. Flowers are linked with the deepest emotions of our lives; love, celebration, sorrow and loss. This work marks a change from Norman’s popular studies of his old Shed which have been exhibited many times in the past few years, and have caused much interest around the region and further afield. Find out more from Norman’s website Norma’s show runs until 16 September.

Don’t miss our headline show for the year, which is on special loan from the Tate and National Galleries Scotland: Artist Rooms: Don McCullin. An award-winning photographer Sir Don McCullin has documented conflict in war zones from Vietnam to Northern Ireland and this show features his striking black and white prints from the 1960s to the mid 2000’s and opened on 26 August, running until 19 November.

Visit the website at or check out Facebook and Twitter for lots of pictures of what’s happening. There’s plenty of free parking here at Gracefield and head to our lovely Café Hubbub for healthy lunches and snacks and of course, cake.