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

October 18, 2014

Trading Journeys

September 27, 2014

Nithraid 14

September 13, 2014

18.The first boat home delivers its cargo

NITHRAID – An Opportunity for Event Organiser/Producer/Entrepreneur

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The Stove Network is looking for the right person/team to deliver the Nithraid event in Dumfries on 1st August 2015. This will be the third year of Nithraid, which is…

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Feeding Creativity in Dumfries

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A hunt for the history of 100 High Street

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Following on from our call out last month for a documentary filmmaker, John Wallace has been commissioned to make a short film documenting The Stove and 100 High Street, as…


Have your say on DMC 2015

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It’s back! Dumfries Music Conference is making it’s grand return this April, heralding the opening of 100 High Street. For those of you who have not attended DMC event’s in…