Looking at Dumfries Differently

Nithscope allowed the public to look at the bottom
of the river through a upside down periscope.
This was part of 'Inbetween:Dumfries' in 2012

Ready to Raid?

'Nithraid' returns after its hugely
successful launch last year.


"The Stove is a membership artist-led organisation based in Dumfries. We aim to be one of the means for the creative community to play a significant role in the future of our region."

− The Stove Network

"We see the arts not as something solely for an ‘arts audience’, but rather as a vital contribution to society on all fronts."

− The Stove Network

"The Stove is an expression of the confidence, professionalism and ambition of the creative sector – placed physically and practically at the heart of our region."

− The Stove Network
About Us

What We Do

  1. Create participatory public art events to engage the citizens of Dumfries in constructive and practical action in the town
  2. Support a network that creates opportunities and connections for the creative sector in our region
  3. Run premises at 100 High Street, Dumfries as a fully accessible public arts space/facility/resource for the population of town and the wider region
  4. Build national and international connections for the arts in South West Scotland

Our Structure

  • A Board – consisting of local and national entrepreneurs, business-people, environmental and regeneration experts as well as people from the creative sector.
  • A Curatorial Team – up to seven creative practitioners who work collectively to provide the artistic direction of The Stove Network
  • Support Team – Projects Manager and Finance Administration (team expands for specific projects)
  • Membership – a diverse group of more than 120 artists and other active citizens ranging from café-owners to wild food chefs – video artists to DJs

Our Projects

  1. Are developed in partnership with local people and organisations
  2. Build local capacity and opportunities
  3. Involve people constructively in the future of the place they live
  4. Provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts
  5. Support the growth and vitality of our region’s creative scene

Our Definition of Public Art

The definition of public art, as practiced by The Stove,is very wide:

  • From performance to film,
  • From discussions to music,
  • From visual art to poetry,
  • From bonfires to boat races
  • Is socially-engaged and context-led
Our Location

Charter 14

June 21, 2014

Dock Park

March 26, 2014

Creative Place – Dumfries

January 30, 2014

The salty cow was created by Stan Bonner for last years Nithraid event

The Salty Coo takes Swimming Lessons

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The Nithraid salty coo has been out to pasture since last years event, but thankfully, has now been herded back in and has been taking swimming lessons in preparation for…


Nithraid – All Hands on Deck!

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Last year we were blown away by the response to Nithraid, and this year we have grabbed the opportunity to expand and grow the event for a second year, taking…

Competitors from last years Nithraid mustered in Carsethorn before making the trip up river into the heart of Dumfries. 
Image: Colin Tennant

Nithraid 2014: Get Your Applications in Now!

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The Nithraid is a dangerous dinghy race, challenging up to fifty boats to sail from Carsethorn up the river Nith to the caul at the Whitesands in the centre of…


The Stove’s Herald!

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A while back we put out an opportunity for something called a ‘Public Communicator and Herald’ – We had a strong sense of the spirit of the role…but found it…