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 it's 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 a vehicle for practical partnerships with people and organisations working in Health, Education, Tourism, Regeneration and Environment."

− The Stove Network
About Us

What We Do

  1. Develop and raise funds for public arts projects in Dumfries and Galloway
  2. Undertake public arts commissions
  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

Our Structure

The Stove operates through:
• a Board (8 members)
• a Curatorial team (6 members)
• and a general membership – (approx 140)

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 cycle races.

Our Location
Our Recent Projects

Charter 14

June 21, 2014

Dock Park

March 26, 2014

Creative Place – Dumfries

January 30, 2014

Our Recent Blog Posts

Dumfries is what we All Make Together – Charter14 Unveiled

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If you’ve never been to Guid Nychburris before, it’s too late – you’ll have to wait until next year. The annual event, which celebrates the 1395 Royal Charter for the…


The Grand Unveiling of a Charter in Process….your invitation

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Revealed in the streets as only The Stove Network can……. @ Guid Nychburris ‘just add water’ 12.30pm on Saturday 21st June The artists of The Stove Network have challenged the…



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Nithraid is a challenging sailing race from Carsethorn on the estuary, up the River Nith to the very heart of Dumfries – a distance of about 10 miles. The Nithraid,…


Opportunity: Public Art Research Residency

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A Public Art Research Residency based in Dumfries with The Stove Network, with outcomes that are presented as part of the TheStove@TheStove public art programme (18 month duration) The successful…