***  THE SURPRISES KEEP COMING ***
THE WORLD FAMOUS KELPIE MAQUETTES ARE COMING TO TOWN

Fast becoming an international Scottish icon the Kelpie Maquettes, having already made appearances in New York, Chicago, the Ryder Cup, the Grand National and the Scottish Cup Final, are being loaned to Kirkcudbright’s equally iconic Art & Crafts Trail.

The ‘Trail’ organisers (Pauline, Vivian and Colin) have pulled off this coup with the help of Falkirk Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Kelpie creator Andy Scott.

 

                                                      

               (Photograph of the Maquettes in New York)

You won‘t want to miss the arrival of the Maquettes  on Monday July 25th at Fisherman’s Green by the picturesque harbour. There will be bunting, bagpipes and a truly Kirkcudbright carnival atmosphere.
The magnificent sculptures will remain in position until Monday 29
th August which will give visitors and locals a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of the sculpture at close hand and take photographs against the backdrop of the traditional Kirkcudbright fishing fleet and harbour cottages.

Created by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, the maquettes are exact replicas of the Kelpies at Falkirk and were in fact created first as one tenth size models (10 foot high) to base the full size 100 foot high, 300 ton Kelpies. The full size ‘Kelpies’ is the world’s largest equine sculpture. If you haven’t visited the full size ‘Kelpies’, situated in the Helix regeneration park between Falkirk and Grangemouth, yet find out more at www.visitfalkirk.com .

This coup for Kirkcudbright, and the rest of the region, is the latest in a year packed full of achievements and recognition for the three Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail organisers. Last May they received an Epic award for Scotland from Baroness Beeban Kidron at Media City and six months later they were thrilled to receive a Scottish Regional Thistle Award for Best Visitor Attraction for the trail which was presented to them in Glasgow on 4th November.

Speaking on behalf of her fellow organising team Pauline commented 'We are thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity to exhibit the iconic Kelpie Maquettes in our Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright. Here, not only for our award winning Art and Crafts Trail but, for four weeks this summer the maquettes will give visitors ,and locals alike,  a rare chance to see the beauty of the wonderful metal sculptures created by Andy Scott'.

Falkirk Council's tourism spokesperson, Councillor Adrian Mahoney said ' The Kelpies have become an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Scotland with the maquettes acting as cultural ambassadors to promote the FAlkirk area and the nation as a whole. We are delighted that the Kelpie Maquettes are making their way to the Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail in July and August this year. This will certainly be a fantastic way to help promote the real Kelpies to the many visitors to this fantastic event'.

SO MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY TO VISIT THE TRAIL AND SEE THE MAQUETTES IN KIRKCUDBRIGHT.
AND WHY NOT COME AND GIVE THEM A MASSIVE WELCOME ON MONDAY 25th JULY
(FISHERMAN'S GREEN KIRKCUDBRIGHT)

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2016 Trail - Friday 29th July - Monday 1st August

Would you like to take part in the 2016 Trail ? - if so you MUST register

- to obtain an application form please CLICK HERE

 

 

Is there no stopping them Pauline, Vivian and Colin were voted Kirkcudbright Citizens of the year (2015) and had the honour of switching on the Christmas lights - congratulations.

2016 bookmarks now available

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS - They've done it again ! 

SCOTTISH THISTLE AWARDS 2015
  THE SCOTRAIL BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION


 

WINNER OF EPIC AWARD 2015 FOR SCOTLAND

                       

                           Thank you all participants, trailers and helpers for your 12 years work to achieve this wonderful accolade.
See you on this year’s Trail !

2015 Brochure is now widely available around Kirkcudbright and adjoining areas or from Greengate.

To see a copy CLICK HERE
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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 2016 'TRAIL'

FRIDAY 29 July - MONDAY 1st AUGUST
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IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

2016 Taster Exhibition will be at the Harbour Cottage Gallery
Monday 13th - Saturday 18th June from 10.00am until 5.00pm daily

Once again Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail will be holding a Taster exhibition showcasing the huge array of things you can see on the Trail. .

The 'Taster' event is the showcase for our trail,
which has won the Epic Award for Scotland 2015 AND the Scotrail Best Visitor Attraction at the Scottish Thistle Awards 2015

 Please get in touch with Pauline by email (click here) if you wish to take part as by doing so
you will be able to promote both your work and the venue where you will be exhibiting.



We will be holding a preview meeting before the Trail and this is your opportunity to meet other artists/makers taking part.
                      

                 

Another successful 'Trail' in 2015
Thanks to everyone who took part and supported us.


The image below shows young participants at Mike Quirk's 'Have a Go' venue in 2014

 

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The Art & Crafts Trail is an annual event organised as part of Kirkcudbright's Summer Festivities programme. The event, which was first held in 2004, has developed into a major event in the area, attracting thousands of visitors to the picturesque harbour town.

 

     

Watch out for our caravan moving around the town again this year.

Remembering past years ......

 Wasn't it amazing to see the lanterns from the Jubilee celebrations again, looking ghostly in their wonderful cobwebbed venue in the High Street.

         

      

 

 

 

 

 

  
    Please enjoy some more photos of previous 'Trails'
  
    
   Jean & Ruthie Redden                                                                       Waiting for the 'Trail' bus

       
    
  The superb woodturning of Burnhead Woodturners (Bill Johnstone and Ian Dawson)

           
       Fleur McIntyre demonstrates machine embroidery                 Erwin van't Hoff at work 

           
        The Family 'Tin'                                                                           Can I have a go ?

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 Remember this ......

There are now four videos  posted on Facebook (click here)

Note: 185 photos now added to Facebook (search Kirkcudbright Art & Crafts Trail).
(click here)

 The Kirkcudbright Girls return every year

  

  

The following seven photos by Colin Saul


 

 

 

  


  Dolls at Sout Hall                                                                            Jane Gibson at Cornerways
                   
 

                Andy Breen at Greengate                                                            Pipers at the Harbour

 

The Wee Kirkcudbright entertainers in the High Street                                 Sami Thorpe at the Parish Hall

 

 

Jean & Ruthie Redden at work in Rhubarb basement.(Photos by Ruthie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Floral arrangements in Greyfriars House

                 

Stewart Baillie & Linda Porritt exhibited in Greyfriars House (photos by Stewart)
   

                                                                       

The following four photos by Carl Dania

   

Do you know what it is yet Andy?                              Kite making with Anthea

 
         

Custom House                                       People's Picture Palace at the Royal Hotel

The following photos have been sent in by Sandy Cowan

           
                                              ^ Fanfares for Fredwood and Sandy.

                                                           Adele's Garden

           

                       A piano duet by Mary Mann & Hazel Laurie at Broughton House and Pipers
                       outside Greengate entertained the visitors.

         

            Newspaper Dress on the line, Kite Making at Greengate and Knitted Dress on the line

          

                       Willow by Lizzie Fairey, Wood and Pottery and Maverick Angels at Greengate

             

 

About the 'Trail'

As part of Kirkcudbright's 'Summer Festivities' programme the Art & Crafts Trail, which has been running successfully now for nine years, takes you into hidden gardens, artists' studios and homes, not normally open to the public, where you will be able to talk to some of the artists and find out what makes Kirkcudbright special for them. Trail venues are open daily from 11.00am until 5.00pm
Catch the 'Free Trail Bus' to venues outside the centre area. The route is shown in the brochure.

This four day event is a family friendly event with lots of 'fun' things to do. Who needs the Trafalgar Square Plinth -  have a go on the Moat Brae Plinth.

Why not send a 'Message in a Bottle' , pose on the Plinth,  have a go at 'Washing Line Art' or maybe even 'You've Been Framed'. The choices are endless.

 

           

                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                             Take the opportunity to visit around 70 different venues and meet some of the 180 or so participants as you wander around the picturesque harbour town  nestling on the River Dee Estuary..

  Sugarcraft                     Carved Furniture

 

   Pottery                     Glassware     Silver Jewellery 

Kirkcudbright is steeped in history and has been the home of many famous artists over the years including  E A Hornel and the 'Glasgow Boys', Jessie M King and her husband E A Taylor, Charles Oppenheimer, William Robson and David Sassoon to name a few - walk in their footsteps and visit some of the venues where they lived and  worked.

 

Photo Opportunities  -  Please continue to send in your images if you joined us on any of the 'Trails' and took some great photos - we may even include it on the websiteor in the brochure. Photos should be standard 4"x6" (landscape) or digital (minimum 1200x900 pixels) and can be emailed to photos@artandcraftstrail.co.uk

Kirkcudbright from The Stell

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