If you’ve ever been intrigued by the stone carvings above the shop fronts around Dumfries, you can find out more in a series of free talks from the Dumfries Stonecarving Project.
The first event will be held at The Stove Café at 100 High Street, Dumfries on Thursday 28th February at 7pm when Jo Crossland and Michelle de Bruin will speak about ‘The Art and Craft of Stonecarving’. Michelle de Bruin is an established sculptor, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art and now works and exhibits across the Scottish Borders. Jo Crossland has been apprenticed to Michelle and together they produce vibrant stone artworks and commissions in contemporary styles as well as pieces which fit within historic settings. Their illustrated talk will explore their practice from sculpture to lettering. They will also talk about the skills required when restoring historic buildings.
The series of talks on stone carving will continue through Spring 2019 at venues across Dumfries exploring a range of topics from conservation works at Sweetheart Abbey, stone carvings of bagpipers, Scotland’s Masons’ Mark project and stories of Lincluden Abbey.
The Dumfries Stonecarving Project is celebrating the amazing history of stonecarving in Dumfries, from local quarries in Locharbriggs to carved gargoyles in the town centre. It is run by the Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Holywood Trust
You can follow the Dumfries Stonecarving Project on facebook.com/StonecarvingDumfries or on Twitter @StonecarvingD