New exhibition to open

The Gracefield arts centre is delighted to be working with Visual Arts Scotland, one of Scotland’s leading art groups, to show a selection of its members’ work.

The exhibition will be in Gallery 1 from October 5 to November 9 .

VAS has been central to the contemporary art world in Scotland since the 1920s and today it has more than 400 members. The current president, Diana Hope, said: “We are an extensive community of artists, from those emerging and newly graduated, to well established figures, and provide opportunities to exhibit in some of Scotland’s most prestigious venues, and a hub for communication with both peers and with galleries and buyers throughout Scotland.”

VAS is one of the few organisations that actively promotes and exhibits the work of contemporary visual and applied artists. It is the only multi-disciplinary platform where painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, furniture makers, and installation artists exhibit together. For practising artists interested in joining as a member or finding out more about exhibiting, visit www.visualartsscotland.org.

There are over 80 artworks on show at Gracefield available to purchase, offering a great opportunity to start or enhance your collection of contemporary art. The work has been submitted by local Dumfries and Galloway members as well as VAS membership from across the country, from Wester Ross to the Borders.

Also at Gracefield: the Saturday Kids Club season (age five-12) and baby and toddler (18 months–five) is underway with a programme of art and craft activities to keep creative hands busy. For details of what’s coming up or to check the programme go to: www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield.

Admission to the exhibitions is free, and open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am-5pm, with the concurrent exhibition in Gallery 2 “Charmian Pollok: Ghost Croft Archive” continuing until November 2. Gracefield is located at 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries.