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DUMFRIES

Cultivating the
High Street:
Artists and Town Centres

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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

Watch our Stovie showreel with samples of our previous projects online here

  1. 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
  2. Support a network that creates opportunities and connections for the creative community and integrates with our local economy and wider society
  3. Work with artists, young people, local people and groups to make public art events and activities in Dumfries
  4. Build national and international connections for the arts in South West Scotland

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 of 400 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

Our projects are currently focused around five key strands of activity:

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

Our aims

  • To use the arts to engage and empower people for themselves, the places they live and society at large.
  • 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 the next year and how to get involved, on our FAQs page.

Midsteeple Q Design Comp

Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition

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Today The Stove was visited by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing to officially launch the Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition. The competition, produced in partnership between The…

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Drawing for Enjoyment Workshop returns

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Following on from the success of the first Drawing for Enjoyment events late last year and the café exhibition, artist Frank Hayes brings another set of drawing workshops back to…

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One Day Without Us at The Stove

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The Stove Network hosted One Day Without Us on Monday 20th February, which saw the people of Dumfries come together to celebrate the contribution that migrants make to the UK…

Get Involved

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

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For young people interested in the arts.

Events

Find out about all our latest events.

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The Stove Network belongs to these groups:

Green Arts Initiative

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Nourish Scotland

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