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By Fiona Reid
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Fifth anniversary for Galleries

FIVE years of art and culture are being celebrated this summer at Kirkcudbright Galleries.

It opened in 2018 and an online digital campaign has been launched, reflecting on memories created through the first five years.

Highlights include the royal opening; the Galloway Hoard exhibition; a successful collaboration on Japan: Art and Inspiration exhibition, which involved Kirkcudbright Galleries, National Museums Scotland, and The Ashmolean Museum; The British Wildlife Photography Awards; Gerald Scarfe; and more recently, The Raymond Briggs Exhibition.

And when the building first opened, the iconic Monarch of the Glen painting was secured on loan – bringing in over 11,000 people to see it.

Meanwhile, there is still much to look forward to, including the Scottish Portrait Awards later this year, as well as collaborations with Royal Scottish Academy, National Museums Scotland and The Friends of Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Commenting on the milestone, Cllr Ian Blake said: “It has been a real pleasure to see this facility achieve high visitor figures every year, with over 200,000 people attending to date – despite covid closures.

“It is great to see the facility being used every day for a range of reasons, with offerings for people of all ages to engage with creativity and culture and being used as a hub for lots of different events happening in Kirkcudbright.”

Agreeing, Cllr Jackie McCamon added: “The success of Kirkcudbright Galleries and the support from its visitors is wonderful. We can’t wait to see what comes in the next five years.”

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