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AN outdoor, Covid-friendly photographic exhibition telling the story of local community and heritage is set to run in Carsphairn this summer.

It will open on June 27 and stay in place until the end of September.

Documenting images taken at the Green Well of Scotland of locals from Carsphairn parish in May 2021, this exhibition captures the local community as they emerge from the unprecedented experience of a national lockdown.

The exhibition, which will be mounted outside the Carsphairn Heritage Centre and the Green Well of Scotland, will be captured by professional photographer Alicia Bruce who is part of the National Galleries of Scotland collections.

More than 180 members of the local community have been invited to step forward and be photographed at the site of historic and cultural significance next to the River Dee.

The Green Well of Scotland is situated near Knockengorroch, where the world-renowned festival takes place and Katch Holmes, Knockengorroch’s festival co-producer, is behind this brand-new exhibition.

Having grown up in the community, Katch has first-hand knowledge of the parish and its residents and was delighted to be able to reach out to as many locals as possible to invite them to be a part of this exciting project.

Katch, pictured, said: “I hope that the portraitees enjoy the experience of being immortalised, representing the community during this memorable time in history and being showcased at this cultural site forever in the Carsphairn archives. I also hope that visitors to the region enjoy discovering this very special place.”

Alicia Bruce added: “I’m looking forward to meeting and photographing the Carsphairn community and representing them through portraiture on this significant site.

“I hope that through the making of these portraits connections will be strengthened between local residents and this forgotten gem.”

The Green Well Exhibition project incorporates photography, natural environment, historical environment and cultural heritage.

The images generated by the project will be made available to Carsphairn Heritage Initiative for their archives.

The project is organised by Knockengorroch Community Interest Company and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund and Event Scotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

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