Kirkcudbright Gallery Project has met initial criteria to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grant will amount to over £1million and will be used to create a national gallery to promote Kirkcudbright's unique art heritage. Plans are to display the gallery in Kirkcudbright's Town Hall which will also be used to present art and historic exhibitions from across Scotland and the UK.
This is part of the Kirkcudbright Charter which looks at the future use of public buildings in the town.
Council Leader, Councillor Rob Nicholson has said that the funding will help deliver their commitment to the Charter projects, which includes the art gallery and will allow art collections to be better maintained and enjoyed.
The funding could also increase tourism to town, as believed by Councillor Rob Davidson: