Category archives: Arts and performance photography

  • Carlisle Fringe 2016

  • Carlisle Fringe 2016 was an impressive new urban performance and street theatre platform presented and run by the talented (and extremely hardworking) team of Electric Theatre Workshop. Carlisle city centre was taken over for three days by actors, comedians, dancers and musicians offering quality st[...]
  • HND students art exhibition | Moat Brae, Dumfries

  • When I photographed Spring Fling open studios in Crichton William Spurway of Solway House Arts invited me to attend the opening of the Dumfries and Galloway college end of the year student art exhibition at Moat Brae.It's the second year that HND Art and Design students presented their end of t[...]
  • Spring Fling 2016 at Solway House

  • Spring Fling 2016, Dumfries and Galloway annual open artist and makers studios event, entered its 14th season with 94 participants across the region. Every year Spring Fling offers art lovers an opportunity to peek into the local artists' creative practices, follows a progress from a simple sketch t[...]
  • Young Dumfries musicians perform in Dock Park

  • It was  a pleasure to see the historic eight-sided bandstand in Dock Park, disused only a couple of years ago, becoming once again a focal point for Doonhamers' weekend entertainment. Young Dumfries musicians, songwriters and singers performed their own material along with some popular covers live o[...]
  • As Above So Below at Nithraid 2015

  • As Above So Below is a piece of an outdoor interactive performance art commissioned to the Young Stovies for Nithraid 2015. The show created by the Mad Jackals, a group of young Dumfries artists, is loosely based on the ideas of Enlightment. It explores the esoteric correspondences of the 'as above [...]
  • Solway House artists at Spring Fling 2015

  • With John writing up a large (and seemingly non-ending) academic paper, our social life has suffered a lot this May. So I was understandably excited about our weekend visit to Crichton and a chat with Solway House artists during Dumfries and Galloway's Spring Fling 2015 open studios event. What a wo[...]
  • Waterloo Sunset giant puppet theatre

  • Waterloo Sunset was a giant puppet theatre piece for kids created by Jack Finlay and the team of the Electric Theatre Workshop as part of Dumfries bicentenary celebrations of the battle of Waterloo victory over Napoleon.Before I saw the play I wondered how the puppet theatre would be used to pre[...]
  • Big Burns Supper carnival in Dumfries

  • My Dumfries Diaries wouldn't be complete without a photo account of Big Burns Supper carnival, the Europe's largest winter festival that takes place in Dumfries in January to celebrate Robert Burns' life, his spirit and Scottish culture.Last year I had a bad cold, and John and I couldn't make it[...]
  • Dumfries events - #ParkingSpace with the Stove

  • Parking Space (#ParkingSpace) is a urban public art event,conceived and implemented by the Stove Network, that resulted from the creatives' endeavour to take over the entire four-storey NCP Southergate car park in Dumfries and to transform it into a space of linked volumes packed with fun interactiv[...]
  • The Stove Network alternative AGM 2014

  • If the word AGM conjures a formal corporate event in your mind, the Stove Network's 2014 candle-lit annual general meeting was quite an alternative. Of all the unusual and surprising places which you might expect of artists, the AGM was organised underground, on the lowest floor of NCP Southergate c[...]
  • Nithraid 2014 - another success for the Stovies!

  • Nithraid 2014 is a return of a fun and spirited public celebration of the River Nith crossing Dumfries. Masterminded and organised by The Stove artists' collective, this year's Nithraid is bigger and more eventful and colourful. Some 5000 spectators lined the riverbanks on September 13 to see the Sa[...]