Looking at Dumfries Differently

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


The Stove have been shortlisted for a
Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum
Award for 2014


"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

Parking Space

November 4, 2014

Nithraid 14

September 13, 2014

Charter 14

June 21, 2014


Parking Space: Level Up

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From Callum Davidson “Back in October I got the chance to take part in Parking Space set up by the Stove and Sleeping Giants. Such a great weekend meeting all…

Stan and Cara thought hard

Pure Singleness and the Scottish Parlimentary Cross-Party Group on Culture

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Stove member Stan Bonnar shared with us his recent open letter to the Scottish Parliamentary Cross-Party group, on creating spaces and environments for thinking, discussing. How do we nurture culture?…


Young Stove go Green for Christmas

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Great news from the Young Stove this week as they embark on their first public project as part of the Dumfries Christmas Lights switch on. The Young Stove is a…


Taxi to Dumfries?

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Mark and I are about five weeks in to our residency with The Stove. One London taxicab and twenty-four conversations in said taxicab later, and we’re starting to get a…