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Dumfries & Galloway

1 & 2 Municipal Terrace - JUST ADDED

Municipal Terrace was built in 1913 to house the ‘working classes’ and was originally designed with a living area, bedroom and rear scullery.   The Terrace was reputedly Scotland’s very first social housing.   These homes would have been considered very modern and ahead of their time.Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) are now refurbishing these properties to bring them up to modern day standards. DGHP believe that their work mirrors many of the discussions that would have taken place back in 1911 – 12 by leading Councillors and townsfolk of Dumfries whose aim then was to alleviate the poverty and misery of the working classes by providing decent-sized and affordable accommodation.Now DGHP are adding 21st century low-carbon, affordable solutions to ensure Municipal Terrace retains its place in Scottish history.   So you‘ll find significantly higher levels of insulation, the use of sheep’s wool loft insulation, living Sedum flat roofs, airtight doors, windows, solar photovoltaics, recycled materials, water saving measures, smart metering and more.DGHP would like to thank DGC for making this project possible.  DGHP have received a number of awards for this project including 2 Green Apple Awards and a Scottish Homes special judges award.


10 Rooms @ Holmston House

The 10 Rooms programme this year offers you a great opportunity to try something new. There are 10 different artists working at Holmston House and within the gardens. As well as holding workshops, artists will be displaying their own work for you to enjoy. Students from Ayr College have been working with internationally-renowned enameller Dorothy Cockrell to produce some stunning enamel pieces, which they will also be exhibiting at Holmston House. And when you have had enough of the visual arts, enjoy the Ayrshire Archive’s exhibition on the history of Holmston House as a poorhouse, complete with a storyteller to bring it all to life for our younger audiences, including babies! Pick up a leaflet over the weekend to find out when her drop-in sessions are. We have forty-four free workshops over the weekend: to book in, phone THI Project Support on 01292 617606 or by emailing For more information please visit


31 Heriot Row

A stunning interior staircase and lightwell, used by the young James Clerk Maxwell for balloon experiments, is now given new purpose by artist Angus Reid through the installation of silhouettes and poetry on a giant scale. See a Georgian interior made over for the 21st Century.  Domecstatic is the third in a series of large-scale installations of words and imagery that explore personal social and political issues in Scotland in 2014. It is a new work by an innovative Scottish artist. Questions of identity, community and place are at the heart of Angus Reid’s work. In 2012, he installed 6 Peaks at Axolotl Gallery, placing the Pentland hills in a Georgian interior. The account of climbing the six peaks it took to walk away from heartbreak translated into a work that read directly and simply, to an audience that share this nearby landscape. Link: 6 Peaks In 2013, Call for a Constitution, placed the formula for a people’s constitution in 25 public spaces across Scotland in anticipation of the government’s recent pledge to have a written constitution. These locations ranged from Mike Forbes’ famous anti-Donald Trump barn in Aberdeenshire to the STUC headquarters in Glasgow; from a bus stop in Harris to the Scottish Parliament itself. This project became the book A Modest Proposal, published by Luath Press in April 2014. Link: Call for a Constitution Now, the third in the series, Domecstatic, brings it all back home to the four-storey stairwell of an Edinburgh townhouse. In this unusual setting for public art, larger-than-life silhouettes are framed by four poems that seek company as they climb towards the light. “… These poems and this installation reclaim the architecture of a private house for the imagination,” says the artist. “They invite everybody into what is otherwise a private space.” The four poems invite the visitor to negotiate a journey from dark to light, from a narrow threshold to an expansive light-well. They have, as a visual counterpoint, the outline of those that have stayed in the house or passed through as visitors, over the course of one month this year. To fix this fleeting presence has been to pay homage to the history of visitors to this house, and to trace the shadow of something otherwise invisible: the idea that the house has a memory. After all, this same hall was used by the young James Clerk Maxwell, the father of modern physics, and his cousin, Jemima Wedderburn, for experiments with balloons. “The great characteristics of this stairwell are the height, the light and the acoustics. It is a place capable of generating joy. Joy is the unexpected visitor: it is a necessary co-ordinate in the here and now, from which come generous meanings and values.Critics on previous installations: Angus Reid’s installation shows how well art and poetry can work together… Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman **** Poetry climbs to great heights, emotional, physical and spiritual… the work of Angus Reid deserves to be better known… Giles Sutherland, The Times ****

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