The Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection
The Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection comprises over 600 works of fine art, illustrations, books, decorative art, craftwork, silverware and furniture. In addition, it includes an extensive collection of archives and photographs. Highlights of the collection include paintings by the Faed family, Charles Oppenheimer and Samuel Peploe; silver jewellery designed for Liberty of London by Jessie M King and the correspondence of distinguished artists such as E A Taylor. In 2015 the collection was formally recognised as one of Scotland’s Nationally Significant Collections. These ‘Recognised Collections’ can be found in museums and galleries across Scotland and together they showcase the very best of the nation’s holdings of art and antiquities.
Kirkcudbright Town Hall
Now the home of Kirkcudbright Galleries, the Town Hall was built in 1879. It replaced an earlier hall which had become unsafe due to inadequate foundations on wet ground. The new and improved building housed a library, the Stewartry Museum and a reading room, as well as space for public and Town Council meetings. Newspapers of the time show that a remarkable selection of events to entertain and educate were held here, including ventriloquists and wizards, dancing tutors, military displays and, of course, numerous balls and concerts. The museum quickly outgrew its second floor accommodation so the museum committee raised funds for a new building on its present site just a short distance away. Opened in 1893, it still houses the town’s and county’s historical collections.
- After considering several locations for the gallery – the Town Hall building was selected as the new KBT Galleries.
- The Town Hall was designed by Edinburgh based architects Peddie and Kinnear (est. 1856)
- The current town hall building was completed in 1879
- Now it is a B listed building, with some protected features, such as the fireplace in what was the “Council Room”
- APRL, the architects working on the gallery have created a historically sympathetic, yet beautifully modern gallery, as you will see in the following slides