Utopia at Kirkcudbright

The idea of Utopia may be older than Thomas More’s famous book, but what could actually be gained from the concept, or possibly lost. A personal utopia would surely be as individual as each of us, and our own personal imagination. Is this the difficulty with any proposed Utopian society? The power of the individual would make the construct a contradiction.

This idea is explored by members of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) with a selection of contemporary work in painting, drawing, print and mixed media displayed at Kirkcudbright Galleries temporary exhibition space in Gallery 2.

Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson comments:

“The Society of Scottish Artists continues, to this present day, to showcase a range of exciting, unique, contemporary and controversial works, this makes every exhibition new and dynamic. We are very excited to have ‘Utopia – What’s Yours?’ on display at Kirkcudbright Galleries, it is a treat for local people and for visitors beyond the region to visit.”

Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee John Martin has said:

Kirkcudbright Galleries has welcomed ‘Utopia – What’s Yours?’ from its sister establishment Gracefield Arts Centre. This exhibition continues to strengthen connections between Dumfries and Galloway’s arts facilities and their working partnerships with cultural hubs such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. The exhibition by the Society of Scottish Artists showcases local artists perspectives on the topic alongside a range of works from artists across the country.”

Utopia runs at Kirkcudbright Galleries until Sunday 1 March 2020, and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Sunday 12noon to 4pm.

Exhibiting artists include;

Elaine Allison, Jennie Ashmore, Katie Avey, Maggie Ayres, Louise Barrington, William Braithwaite, Georgina Brown, Robbie Bushe, Samantha Cheevers, Michael Clarence, Alastair Clark, Rowena Comrie, Jessica Copping, Lou Davis, Liz Douglas, P U M Dunbar, Martha Ellis, Ronald Forbes, Douglas Fraser, Celia Garcia, Jan Graham, Audrey Grant, Su Grierson, Mike Inglis, Jamie Johnson, Sarah Keast, Lindsey Lavender, Ros Lawless, David Lemm, Rosie Lesso, Kenris Macleod, Martin Mckenna, Calum Mcclure, Emily Moore, Julie Moss, Leena Nammari, Gayle Nelson, Ruth Nicol, Sophia Pauley, Jenny Pope, Robert Powell, Saul Robertson, Charlotte Roseberry, Cécile Simonis, Christine Sloman, Graeme Swanson, Jayne Stokes, Erlend Tait, Rhona Taylor, Olivia Turner, Luke Vinnicombe, Kenneth Whyte and Denise Zygadlo.