Category archives: Dumfries diaries

  • 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[...]
  • Lanterns for 2016 Burns Carnival

  • The amazing 3,000 lanterns of various shapes and sizes lit Dumfries streets during last year's Big Burns Night parade. This year Doonhamers are challenged to break this record with 4,500 lanterns for 2016 Burns Carnival. How are they going to complete such a monumental task?A series of lantern m[...]
  • Kingholm Quay winter sunset photography

  • I witnessed the most amazing sunset through a little window on our landing overlooking Kingholm Quay. Intense reds and oranges lit up the distant skies over the river Nith - and here I was, at home - letting this amazing winter sunset photography opportunity slip through my fingers.For the few p[...]
  • Trompe l'oeils of Friars Vennel

  • One sunny day in June 2014 I stood with my camera in the middle of Friars Vennel, Dumfries, staring at the row of colourfully painted houses whose façades were decorated by trompe l'oeil murals. There they were  - an illusionary Paws to Buy pet shop, Gifts and Accessories and Byre Antiques, aligned [...]
  • Crazy Golf family fun at Dock Park Dumfries

  • On a sunny afternoon, armed with a telephoto zoom not to disturb the game, I went to Dock Park to document some families playing crazy golf.Dock Park, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, epitomises the Victorian idea of green spaces in urban centres where people of all walks of life [...]
  • 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[...]
  • Leah Halliday - Fairy of So Sew Pretty

  • I discovered Leah Halliday and her So Sew pretty sewing workshop project when she kindly opened her inviting studio premises in Solway House to a DG Unlimited (Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts) meeting.Leah, a well-respected designer and craft person, whose work appeared on BBC and in vario[...]
  • 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[...]