Open Call Out For Young Creatives In Dumfries & Galloway

Kirkcudbright Galleries in partnership with the Bardennoch arts projects, invites early career artists aged 17-26 (U30) from the Dumfries and Galloway region to submit work for an upcoming exhibition.

Bardennoch is a name shared by two hills, one in Dumfries and one in Galloway. This group exhibition uses the name Bardennoch as a starting point for young visual artists to explore their connection to Dumfries and Galloway; be that the physical geography of the area or their experiences of rurality and community. The choice of name is not restrictive, rather it acts as a way for artists to think creatively about their surroundings and examine the interactions between people, language and landscape.

This exhibition will showcase works that demonstrate artistic merit at an emerging stage. It will serve as a space for those at the early stages of their career to gain experience and develop their individual style. It is, therefore, an exhibition for artists who have just begun or are in the formative stages of their practice.

The exhibition will be curated in partnership with Kirkcudbright Galleries. The shortlisted works will hang in the Mitchell Gallery and the exhibition will be on display from Saturday 8th May 2021 – Sunday 28th June 2021 (dates subject to change). Those artists’ chosen to display their works at Kirkcudbright Galleries will have the opportunity to sell their works through Kirkcudbright Galleries, if desired.

To apply:

Please send an application to [email protected]

  • Your application should include –
  • Name
  • Address
  • Age
  • School or college if still in attendance
  • Any previous exhibitions
  • A short paragraph about yourself and your ambitions
  • Work: Title, medium, selling price (including 40% commission, or not for sale, preferred display (wall/floor/case)
  • 3 x clear images of your work

The deadline for submissions is 18th April 2021.

Bardennoch is a film and multimedia arts project involving various artists and a range of media based in the South West of Scotland, including the Bardennoch exhibition, a skill share program, and culminating in a short fiction film, called Bardennoch. The project aims to create opportunities for local artists, encourage collaboration, and celebrate the creative community thriving in South West Scotland. The film aims to present a realistic portrayal of rural Scotland on screen and address various problems and inequalities that exist within the film industry.

Kirkcudbright Galleries is a new gallery of national significance which opened in 2018, located in Kirkcudbright, a semi-rural town in south-west Scotland. One of the Galleries aims in working with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Holywood Trust who provided funding for the project, was to encourage new and wider audiences to engage with the artistic heritage in Kirkcudbright, especially through under-represented groups including 16–25-year-olds.


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