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£1million boost for Kirkcudbright art gallery plan

Kirkcudbright Town Hall Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

A new art gallery in Kirkcudbright has moved a step closer after the Heritage Lottery Fund earmarked more than £900,000 for the project.

Dumfries and Galloway Council plans to transform Kircudbright Town Hall into a contemporary art gallery showcasing and celebrating local and nationally significant pieces of art.

The council says the Heritage Lottery Fund cash is a "major contribution" towards making the plan a reality.

Artist's impression of the new gallery Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

“Building the local economy is the number one priority for our Council. Given the growth of cultural tourism, the Kirkcudbright Art Gallery project offers our region significant, long-term and sustainable economic impact.

"This award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is very exciting as it will enable us to develop a fabulous facility for the people of Dumfries and Galloway and for visitors to our region.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Dumfries and Galloway Council
The new Kirkcudbright Art Gallery will be able to show nationally significant collections Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

"HLF is delighted to support this transformational project, which will give Kirkcudbright an art gallery worthy of the exceptional art works it will house.

"The future of the historic town hall has been secured and not only will it attract more tourists to the area but will benefit the wider community as they’re encouraged to explore and enjoy the area’s rich art heritage. It’s thanks to players of the National Lottery that we have been able to help make this happen.”

– Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland

Work on the gallery is scheduled to start in spring 2016 with the gallery scheduled to open mid 2017.