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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Recognition for art collection

A COLLECTION of fine and decorative art in the region has been recognised with a national award.

Rebecca Coggins, principal officer arts and museums, left, with Anne Ramsbottom, museums curator west, holding ‘The Kirkcudbright Lassie’ by E A Horne

The Kirkcudbright Artists’ collection has been named a ‘Collection of National Significance’.
And it has now joined a list of Scottish museum collections considered to be of greatest value to the nation and a must-see attraction.
The town’s assortment of fine and decorative art records its unique part in Scotland’s art history.
Kirkcudbright’s association with the Glasgow art movement started when several artists, including Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists, such as Samuel Peploe and Francis Cadell, based themselves in the area. Between 1880 and 1980 over 100 artists painted there and the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection, cared for by Dumfries and Galloway Council, illustrates the lives and works of the collective and roots the town firmly in the history of Scottish Art.
Councillor Tom McAughtrie said: “I am delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Museum service now holds three of Scotland’s 46 Recognised Collections. The Kirkcudbright Artists’ collection is now joining the collection of artefacts associated with Robert Burns and the Archaeology collections, which were already on the list.”

 

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