Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

The Trust have received a request from Dumfries and Galloway Council to post an appeal for volunteers to work in our new art gallery.  Here it is.

Volunteering Opportunities at Kirkcudbright Galleries

Are you interested in engaging with our future visitors, letting them know about the wide variety of artists and artistic styles of those who made Kirkcudbrightshire their home, either in the summer months, or permanently, during the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present day?

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us connect our visitors to the rich artistic heritage of Kirkcudbrightshire. If you like working with people and enjoy sharing your love of our local artistic heritage, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteers will be supported through free training focusing on the collections of Kirkcudbright Galleries, the temporary exhibition programme of both historic and contemporary art and the Galleries’ programme of events and activities. Volunteers will also be encouraged to develop their own particular interests and skills and to lead specialist tours or run practical art activities, to enable Kirkcudbright Galleries to further engage with our audiences.

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Opportunity for a guest curator for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

The Kirkcudbright Festival Management and Partnership Group is seeking to commission a Festival Guest Curator with an international reputation. She or he will help research and programme a high-quality arts festival. In essence, the appointment of Festival Guest Curator is the artistic fulcrum of this project, and will bring all the cultural elements of the planning together.

Some elements of the Festival Programme will be researched and taken forward by the Management and Partnership Group. The Guest Curator is therefore not responsible for the full Festival Programme, but for the “Curated Strand”. Project management support to the Festival and commissioned Festival Guest Curator will be provided by the Kirkcudbright Development Trust.

The Festival is planned to coincide with the opening of the new art gallery – a £3.1m publicly funded, public gallery which will house nationally significant collections in the former town hall – the Festival will take place in October 2018.

The Kirkcudbright Festival of Light aims to create far-reaching outcomes. The proposed legacies are cultural and commercial:-

• To profile Kirkcudbright as beautiful, contemporary artists’ town that is developing in an organic way and that now possesses a national gallery of art.

• To plan, manage and deliver an exemplar International Festival that will act as a basis for future creative ideas in the town.

• To create new and effective partnerships between businesses and galleries in the town that will help promote Kirkcudbright in years to come.

For more information please apply for the Full Guest Curator Brief by emailing Andrew Ward on creetown@btconnect.com

Applications to be received by 20th October 2017.

Kirkcudbright Art Gallery

The conversion of the Town Hall into an Art Gallery of National Significance which would bring significant economic benefits to the town was a key part of the Kirkcudbright Charter, produced by the Trust a few years ago. Full funding has now been secured for the project and work has commenced on the conversion of the Town Hall. Artists impressions of the new gallery have been on show in the library and are visible on the new hoarding which has been built around the entrance to the Town Hall.