Kirkcudbright Galleries is very pleased to announce that a significant milestone has just been reached. On the 6th of December, the Galleries welcomed its 40,000th visitors, this number being of particular importance as Kirkcudbright Galleries has now succeeded in its projected yearly visitor total of 40,000 in the first 6 months of opening!
Since opening its doors in June 2018, the Galleries have hosted many successful exhibitions, workshops and talks that have helped increase the footfall and tourism to the local area. Kirkcudbright galleries are confident they can carry this momentum forward and continue the upward trend into the New Year and the future.
To celebrate this special occasion and for being the 40,000th visitors to the gallery the two visitors received a surprise gift bag filled with Kirkcudbright Galleries goodies.
The lucky couple were Patience Cooper and Len Howard of Bolton-le-Sands of Lancashire.
Patience and Len who are both keen cyclists and hikers have been visiting the area since the late ‘80s and have been enjoying all the attractions that the local area has to offer. This was the first time they have visited the Galleries but mentioned they always like to take in local arts and culture when they travel. On describing Kirkcudbright galleries, the couple said:
“We are on holiday in the area and as we were cycling into town this morning we passed the gallery as it was all lit up and it looked amazing”.
The gallery had been recommended by a member of staff at the Harbour Cottage Gallery, an established venue in the town that specialises in showcasing local artists from around the region.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee, said “This is a significant milestone for Kirkcudbright Galleries and to achieve its yearly visitor goal in 6 months is a fantastic accomplishment”.
Fellow Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee said that “Kirkcudbright galleries has been a great draw for the artists’ town, these latest numbers just show how popular the galleries have been since its arrival”.
The Gallery is opening Quilt Art: Dialogues on Saturday 12th January 2019. The permanent collection is open Tuesday to Sunday.