To celebrate the first birthday of Kirkcudbright Galleries, we are holding a First Birthday Party on Sunday 9 June from 12noon to 4pm. This will be a day of family activities, face painting, music and storytelling, as well as birthday cake!
Outside of the Galleries, just across the road on the Soaperie Gardens, we will be getting creative with arts activities and having fun with painting your favourite memories of the town of Kirkcudbright and the Galleries over the past year. We will be decorating party hats and doing art hunts around the gardens. Face painting for children will also take place outside in the marquee by a local artist, Amy, on the Soaperie Gardens. In addition to this, there will be cupcakes and birthday cake for members of the public to enjoy on this special day.
Inside the Galleries, music from the Clarsach Society will be echoing throughout the building. This promises to be a stunning performance by the group of harpists.
This will then be followed on by a folklore story-telling session and celebration of Kirkcudbright’s artistic and mythical history by Tony Bonning. Tony is a full-time author, poet, musician and storyteller with twenty books published and sales of over a million. He is constantly on tour, doing up to 300 shows a year. He is founder of the annual Galloway Children’s Festival, the Young Bands Project for teenagers and the weekly Play it by Ear pre-school music group. Born on the edge of the Galloway Mountains, Tony’s inspirations are his wife Jo, the land, the people and the language of his forbears.
All birthday activities (and cupcakes) are free of charge.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of Communities Committee said;
“The Kirkcudbright Galleries is approaching its first birthday and has added to Kirkcudbright’s tourism value and continues to support the local community in the last year. Since its opening last year to this April, the Galleries has welcomed 56,671 people through its doors which is a testament to the success of the Gallery and our Council’s investment in the project. Long may it continue.”
Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee added;
“We are all looking forward to celebrating the Galleries First Birthday, this is a joyous occasion which celebrates the project for two reasons. Not only has it created permanent jobs for local people, but it also celebrates Dumfries and Galloway’s artistic history in bringing superb exhibitions to the region.”
Keep an eye out on our social media and our Website https://www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk for further details on the days activities.