Art chief visits Stewartry

Dumfries and Galloway’s Chamber of Arts is hosting a two-day visit to the region by Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland.

During her visit, on July 24th and 25th, Ms Archer will learn more about some of the many inspirational people, places and events at the heart of cultural life in the south west.

She will meet the organisers behind major events with a national reputation such as Spring Fling, Big Burns Supper, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Environmental Art Festival Scotland, and the Wigtown Book Festival.

The Creative Scotland CEO will spend time in Dumfries and will also visit the CatStrand, in New Galloway where she will meet arts sector representatives from the west of the region.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of the Chamber of Arts Board of Trustees, said: “The arts and culture have an important and inspirational role at the heart of life in this region. It will be great to have the chance to introduce Janet Archer to some of the projects and the people who are driving the arts in this region.

“Dumfries and Galloway is leading the way in rural Scotland because it has recognised that the arts and culture can do an enormous amount to enrich people’s lives, provide careers for our young people and to boost the economy by bringing in visitors.”

Among those who Ms Archer will meet will be representatives from the Electric Theatre Workshop in Dumfries, which is expected to make a splash at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with its drama Blood Orange, and Wide Open, the environmental arts body behind the Start of Caledonia and the Rosnes Benches.

She will also meet the regional and local arts convenors who are playing a key role in supporting and developing cultural activities across the region.

Ms Archer said: “I am looking forward to visiting Dumfries and Galloway to see and hear about the many fantastic projects and events that are taking place across such a vibrant arts scene.”

The visit will also include a chance to speak to representatives from the Theatre Royal, Gracefield Arts Centre and the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

Ms Archer was invited to the region by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts, which works closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland, for the region’s cultural development.