Outdoor photography exhibition to open at The Green Well of Scotland

A photographic exhibition documenting members of the Carsphairn community as they emerge from the unprecedented experience of a national lockdown is set to open in the village next month.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 1:42 pm
The Green Well of Scotland is a site of historic and cultural significance
The Green Well of Scotland is a site of historic and cultural significance

More than 180 local residents have been invited by Knockengorroch Community Interest Company be photographed at the Green Well of Scotland.

The pictures are being taken this month by professional photographer Alicia Bruce who is part of the National Galleries of Scotland collections, and will be mounted outside the Carsphairn Heritage Centre and the Green Well of Scotland.

The images will also be made available to Carsphairn Heritage Initiative for their archives.

Alicia said: “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 of Scotland comprises a 30-foot diameter pool, said to be bottomless.

Historical sources suggest the water was believed to have healing properties – and locals believe it is one of the Fons Scotiae mentioned in Saint Columba’s biography.

Katch Holmes, co-producer of the Knockengorroch Festival, is behind this 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.

She said: “I am very excited to be working on a project that incorporates the Green Well of Scotland, a place that I have grown up beside and long been fascinated with.

"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.”

Launching on June 27, the exhibition, supported by Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund and Event Scotland, will run until September.