Top award for Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail

Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail has picked up a prestigious award from a voluntary company designed to highlight creative art in communities.

The trail, which leads visitors on a meander through the town to artists’ studios with their doors wide open for a weekend each summer allowing visitors to get up close and personal with both the artist and their work, took the Scottish Epic Award last night (Thursday).

Pauline Saul, Kirkcudbright Art and Craft Trail, said: “The trail has grown from strength to strength over 12 years, and winning this prestigious Epic Award is a truly wonderful recognition of all the hard work that has gone into the creation of this event - not only by the committee of three, but all those who volunteer to help us fundraise and give hands-on help.

“We feel truly honoured to win this award, especially considering our worthy opponents and we are confident this award will further help to promote our friendly town.”

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs , said: “Congratulations to Kirkcudbright Arts and Craft Trail for winning this year’s Scotland Epic Award.

“This cross-art form event each summer has involved the whole community and attracts new visitors to the local area to see for themselves the stunning and vibrant town.”

The winners’ reception was hosted by BBC Outreach at MediaCityUK in Salford last night.