#MakingDumfries is The Stove’s long-term project to shape a grassroots vision for the town centre of Dumfries. “A market town without a market is like a coal mining town with no pit” it states in Julian Dobson’s book ‘How to Save Our Town Centres’ – in recent years many shops have closed on the High Street in Dumfries, but the local cry for ‘more shops’ exposes the chicken and egg reality of shops needing customers and the truth is that Dumfries needs more reasons for people to ‘come into toon’.
Over the week of 28th March The Stove staged a series of interconnected events under the collective banner of Square Go. The centrepiece of Square Go was a 2 day public workshop on Fountain Square outside The Stove which invited local people to engage in conversation on topics relating to the future of the town and then add these ideas to a giant map of Dumfries drawn out on the paving of the square. Leading the Square Go project were a group of artists, designers, architects and planners from The Stove Network and the local area.