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Dumfries shortlisted for artistic award

Dumfries' attempts to become an "art town" have taken a big step forward.

In recent years the town's got a reputation for hosting a number of successful arts events such as the Big Burns Supper, which attracts thousands of people.

Dumfries has now been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award, worth 150 thousand pounds. The winner will be announced in January next year.Organisers say that if they won, it would help make Dumfries one of the main places for arts and festivals in Scotland.

Thousands visit Cumbrian art exhibition

Around 1000 people have visited an exhibition of Cumbrian Artists in its first week at the Blackwell Arts Centre in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The historic house in the heart of the Lake District has hosted some big names in the art world but for the rest of the year it's be home to handiwork from closer to home.

One of the artists is Katy Holford, who came to glass factory Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston 3 years ago when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Her designs turned the company around and they now employ 6 more people, including 2 local apprentices.

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Miniature Masterpieces exhibited in Kelso

The 'world's smallest engraver' Graham Short is putting on an exclusive show in Kelso.

Earning the tag for his miniature masterpieces, Graham has spent almost 50 years honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce among the highest-quality engravings in the world.

Among his best known work is 'The Lord's Prayer', engraved on the head of a gold pin, which is so small a microscope is required to see it.

He will be at Kelso's Art House Gallery from 1pm on Sunday 30th June.

Display with a difference

Fifty-five photos of rural life are going on display throughout the Eskdale Valley in the western Lake District. The pictures will be shown beside waterfalls, along footpaths, at farms and at several stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway on the 8th and 9th September.

Train driver along the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway Credit: Cumbria Tourism

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Kendal mintcake igloo

One of the strangest installations of Kendal's Street Arts festival 'Mint Fest' will be an igloo -made entirely from Kendal Mint cake.

The idea is the brainchild of artist Richard DeDomenici who was inspired by explorers such as Edmund Hilary and Ernest Shackleton.

Richard will use 64 giant slabs of the mint cake to make the igloo over two days, before eating his way out of it.Richard said:

"We will be working with very big blocks so this is uncharted territory. Nobody has ever tried to do anything like this with Mint Cake before.

"The project is linked to explorers like Shackleton who used Kendal Mint Cake on his trips and built igloos. We are embracing his spirit of exploration and uncertainty and this project is a journey into the unknown. We are genuinely not sure what will happen."

– Richard DeDomenici

His previous works have been seen at venues including the Edinburgh Festival and the National Theatre. He has performed as far afield as Beijing, Iceland and New York.

Joined-up art

A joiner who has a passion for art has opened his first exhibition - in a Carlisle pub.

As a youngster Colin Beck gave up art, because his father told him to get a trade.

He became a joiner but took up his hobby again about seven years ago.

Speaking to ITV Border, Colin explained that his paintings are simply the expression of his thoughts and feelings.

Photography exhibition Hawick

A new photography exhibition that has been described as 'vivid and varied' is on display at Hawick Museum.

It features the work of Hawick born photographer Robin Chapman.

One of the photographs Credit: Robin Chapman

The museum say the exhibition, which is called 'A Teri's eye view' reflects Robin’s interest not only in the countryside but also in the art of photography, composition and post-process techniques – all of which is displayed to stunning effect.

The exhibition shows many familiar and unfamiliar places in Scotland.

One of the photographs Credit: Robin Chapman
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