Harbour Cottage Gallery – 60th Anniversary Exhibition
1 – 16 September 2017
The Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its opening in September, with a special exhibition of work by artists who were active in and around the town in 1957. The opening of the gallery in that year marked the successful end to a campaign to preserve the building from demolition. As the gable end cottage in a picturesque row at the harbour, it was integral to one of the most popular townscapes of Kirkcudbright, painted by artists such as W S MacGeorge, David Gauld and Charles Oppenheimer.
The campaign started well and eventually raised almost £800 from public donations, matched by a grant of £1000 from the Historic Buildings Council. All this enabled building works to proceed in January 1957, which were completed in June. Major Crichton-Stuart MC, a Vice-President of the NTS, formally opened the gallery on the 6th September 1957.
Although the main objective of the campaign was to preserve the building, a considerable secondary benefit was the creation of Kirkcudbright’s first public art gallery. Charles Oppenheimer arranged the gallery’s first exhibition, which highlighted the work of ‘deceased artists’ associated with Kirkcudbright. Now, 60 years later, the Trustees are arranging an exhibition to show work to represent the artists and makers active in or around Kirkcudbright in 1957.