Galloway To Gracefield: A Landscape Meets Artworks

A Multimedia exhibition giving you a glimpse of just some of the landscape-based art projects supported by Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.

Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership are very excited to have been working with arts officer, Dawn Henderby, including writers, Jane McBeth and Angus MacMillan, and ecological filmmaker, John Wallace, to bring the landscape and nature of Galloway to Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.
The exhibition consists of work of many talented artists through time who have been inspired by our Galloway landscape. We have paintings, poetry walking and ecological art films all which have a deep connection with landscape places which have been of particular interest to many people who live there.
“We are so grateful to curator Dawn Henderby for helping us bring “Galloway to Gracefield”. The exhibition will celebrate the deep connection artists have with Galloway’s natural environment. From the landscape’s light that inspired great artists like Oppenheimer to the hills, rivers and birdlife of St Johns Town of Dalry which has informed the work of writers and poets participating on the Ken Words project. Then into the future with a chance to see the beautiful sensitive films revealing the essence of the Threave Landscape Restoration Project created by filmmaker, John Wallace who has a strong empathy for the natural world.”

Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education and Community Engagement Officer

“It’s been a pleasure to work with the team to bring the exhibition to Gracefield and include our paintings alongside the project work.  Artworks have been loaned from the Kirkcudbright Galleries to complement the Gracefield collection, which comprises work from the Dumfriesshire Educational Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council collections.  Dating from the 1850s to the early 21st century, the aim was to look at the landscape as our locally based artist saw it, from past to present day.”

Dawn Henderby, Curator at Gracefield Arts Centre

You can join us to find out more at either our Open House Preview Evening and/or The Exhibition Launch which has a special focus on the Ken Words project. The exhibition can be seen at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries from the 13th May – 24th June.
The exhibition can be seen from 13th May – 24th June so do come along and enjoy a little bit of Galloway through the eyes of artists.
Open House: Fri 12 May, 6 – 8pm

A chance to preview the exhibition, which also includes worked by Oppenheimer, George Henry and John Halliday as well as ecological filmmaker, John Wallace and the Ken Word poetry walking project.
All welcome, with soft refreshments served.
Please book by 10 May on 01387 262084, or email [email protected]

Exhibition Launch Event: Sat 13 May, 2 – 5pm

Join Ken Words for an afternoon of presentations which speak to ‘Holm, Hill and Pack Road—walking into poetry’, the creative summation of two series of Poetry Walks in the Glenkens area.

Talks by project coordinator Jane McBeth and lead poet Angus Macmillan will explore the imaginative scope of paying close attention to what birds touch in us and the idea that our experience of landscape is shaped not just by what’s ‘out there’ but by what we ourselves bring to it.

They will be followed by a Poetry Reading of work featured in the exhibition.

Free, with soft refreshments served
Please per book on 01387 363084, or email [email protected]


The Galloway Glens Scheme is a 5-year project based in the Stewartry region of Dumfries and Galloway. An initiative of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Environment Team, it is funded by a range of partners including the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Galloway Glens Scheme aims to connect people to their heritage and to support modern rural communities. www.gallowayglens.org.

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