A programme of events leading up to
Christmas Lights Switch on in Dumfries
> Brave New Words
> Wagtongues Pop-up Bookshop
> The Switch On @ The Stove

ArtCOP:Dumfries is a week of events by artists
bringing the local to the global to coincide with the
COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris
Starts 7th December @ 6pm

The Stove Network
is a co-producer of
Environmental Art Festival Scotland


Cultivating the
High Street:
Artists and Town Centres

Celebrating the unique relationship between Norway and Dumfries
3 day Workshop @ The Stove


"The Stove Network is a membership, artist-led organisation based in Dumfries. We are a 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

About The Stove Network

What we do

  1. Work with artists, young people, local people and groups to make public art events and activities in Dumfries
  2. Run premises at 100 High Street, Dumfries as a fully accessible public arts space/facility/resource for the population of the town and the wider region
  3. Build national and international connections for the arts in South West Scotland
  4. Support a network that creates opportunities and connections for the creative community and integrates with our local economy and wider society

Who we are

  • Curatorial Team – up to seven creative practitioners who work collectively to provide the artistic direction of The Stove Network
  • Operations Team – the Operations Team supports the delivery of the work of The Stove Network, people are contracted on a project basis and we also employ core staff
  • A Board – responsible for The Stove Network as a Charitable Company and for supporting the Curatorial Team in fulfilling the objectives of the organisation, consisting of local and national entrepreneurs, business-people, environmental and regeneration experts as well as people from the creative sector.
  • Membership – we currently have a membership in excess of 150 people ranging from established artists to students and from local businesses to retired people. Anyone who has an interest in the role of arts and culture in bringing new life to places like Dumfries is very welcome to join us!

Our projects

  • Make connections between people and place
  • Communicate not complicate
  • Are created through collaboration
  • Do all of the above with quality, commitment and a spirit of fun

If you wish to make an idea happen through The Stove Network – please see our Artistic Policy Statement.

Our aims

  • To help embed creative process as an essential part of the way our society functions.
  • To be open and inclusive, offering hands-on opportunities for participation in creative activity.
  • To be questioning, inquisitive and risk-taking – unafraid to be different.
  • To be transparent and collaborative in the way we work – bringing integrity to everything we do.
  • To make creative work that is challenging and understands quality in process as well as product

We define Public Art as all of the above – using any form of creative practice in the process.

Frequently asked questions

You’ll find answers to the most common questions about us, such as our plans for 2015 and how to get involved, on our FAQs page.


Stove Member Commission – Creative Producer with Young Stove

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An opportunity for a Stove member to work with the Young Stove over a six week period from January as they work towards an exhibition and series of pop up…


Norway House

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At the beginning of the month, The Stove turned Norway House as part of a project with research and design collective Lateral North. Over the course of three days, the…

Donald Adamson

Wagtongues Saturday Programme @ The Switch On

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WagTongues, Dumfries and Galloway’s only roaming pop-up bookshop, will be at the Stove from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28th November. Lose yourself in the land of literature, browse and…

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Join us if believe in the value of arts and culture.


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Young Stove

For young people interested in the arts.

What’s Happening

Find out all our latest events.

Environmental Art Festival Scotland – August 2015

Nithraid – August 15

Signwriting at Guid Nychburris – June 2015

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