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Exhibitions, visual arts & craft

Wigtown Book Festival 2019

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The Map House / Taigh nam Mapaichean

Former Bank of Scotland Building, 21 North Main St 

Situated at the former Bank of Scotland building on South Main St, The Map House is a new pop-up venue exploring Galloway’s history – from its Celtic origins to the present day – through place-names and the medium of cartography. Leading Scottish illustrator Eilidh Muldoon will be among a number of artists taking inspiration from maps, while visitors will be encouraged to create their own, however idiosyncratic. There will also be a number of drop-ins and events, including a Day of Gaelic for all on both 4th and 5th October.

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Pots, Prints & Pages

Craigard Gallery, 13 North Main St
Daily, 10am-5pm

Printmaker Pamela Grace is joined by potter Claire Dawdry and resident bookbinder Sarah Stewart in this exhibition exploring the works of three of the region’s finest artisans. Printmaking and bookbinding workshops will accompany the exhibition throughout the festival.

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The Kist

Outside County Buildings
Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm
Sat & Sun, 10am-6.30pm

“Kist” is an old word for treasure chest. Situated in front of the County Buildings, The Kist is the place to find art, crafts, food and drink, and homeware from Dumfries & Galloway and beyond.

Wigtown’s weekend market also runs from 10am-4pm

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The Blash o God

The Map House, 21 North Main St

The Blash o God is a collaboration by French-based artist John Campbell Henderson and Penpont poet Hugh McMillan inspired by the Buchanites, an 18th-century cult based in Dumfries & Galloway and led by the charismatic Elspeth Buchan. The installation combines poetry, video and art in a week-long exhibition. Expect the Second Coming, free love, mummification and Robert Burns.

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There are a number of workshops throughout the festival including Robert Twigger on Comics for People Who Can’t Draw (see below), Dekko Comics workshop, Rachel Hazell on bookbinding and Ruthie Redden on notebook-making.

Make Your Own Comics 
Sat 28 Sep
Nature Room, County Buildings 

Robert Twigger never learnt to draw formally. But that didn’t stop him illustrating his book Micromastery. Join him for inspiration on turning your stories into graphic novels.

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Art & Design Fair 

Behind Machars Action, 26 South Main St. 
Daily, 10am-5pm

The “Artists and Makers” Art & Design Fair returns. Ten local professional artists will be selling their work throughout the 10 days of the festival. 



We are delighted to link up again with the arts and crafts open studios event Spring Fling to host an artist-in-residence at this year’s book festival. The 2019 residency is awarded to a developing artist, with their work to be presented during Spring Fling in May 2020.