Our June Arts Cast is now available to listen to here - or follow this link to access on mixcloud.
CatStrand will be open for visitors from Thursday 16th July 2020.
Please read our quick guide to what's open, what you can expect and how we've prepared below.
Please see the project headings below for specific information on events or project streams you may be involved in.
GCAT Arts Programme
Connecting in Communities
Youth Arts Programme
Our arts programme will look a little different this year but we hope you'll be inspired to get involved as we begin to open our doors to our communities and explore new ways of bringing a mix of high quality arts experiences to the Glenkens over the coming months.
From August we'll be installing exhibitions in the Pyramid Gallery (usually our cafe area) - beginning with 'An Ode to the Sky' Edward
C Campbell's mono prints in ink around a theme of clouds, atmosphere and the ever changing nature of the sky. A timely meditation of our relationship to what is above us and our place upon the earth.
From September we are hoping to hold live events in the park in New Galloway to include film screenings, theatre and music open to the public. As well as launching a new online programme of events to enjoy at home. Ken Words are aiming to resume their poetry walk programme.
From October we're preparing to launch our Live & Local series of indoor small scale music events at CatStrand featuring regionally based professional musicians giving intimate performances. As well as a return of Ken Words writing cafes and other creative workshop activities.
These plans are subject to government guidance, for more information contact and to keep up to date visit
Currently and in line with the Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines there are no planned attended activities for the Connecting in Communities project either at the CatStrand New Galloway or the Smiddy in Balmaclellan. However there are a number of online activities and events that people can attend digitally with more planned, they include:
One to one IT & Tech support sessions, online or by phone, ran in conjunction with the Castle Douglas IT Centre.
Fitness e.g. Kettle Bells
Regular group meetings e.g. CatStrand Photography group.
If you are interested in any of the above or have an idea for either an online activity or something that you would find interesting once restrictions are lifted and the Smiddy reopens safely for people to attend in person. Please contact either:
Brian Jones –
Chris Jowsey – Tel. 01644 420374
Glenkens Community Transport
Our youth arts programme will be running virtual creative courses during the Summer holidays - stay tuned for more news about these and other activity you can take part in online at www.catstrandyouth.co.uk
During September we have some plans for activity in the park including our usual Movie in the Park screening.
From October we hope to have all of our regular groups back operating at CatStrand and our community venues.
We'll still be keeping some activity online or offering some new options to join in digitally when you can't make it in person.
If you have questions about any of the youth arts activities please feel free to give Katy a call on 01644 420 374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galloway Community Transport is operating the following (within the Scottish Government’s COVID19 guidance):
GK2 registered service, Wednesday evenings, Glenkens to Castle Douglas (Tesco) return
517/505 Kirkcudbright-Brighouse-Borgue and Kirkcudbright-Dundrennan, weekdays
Patient transport service (in partnership with Scottish Ambulance Service and D&G Community Transport Public Social Partnership)
We anticipate resuming school services (Dalry School and Kirkcudbright Academy) when the schools reopen (scheduled for 11 August) but currently it is uncertain when our other services (regular services to Newton Stewart, Ayr, Carlisle, member hires, excursions and MiDAS training) will start again.
Please see our website (gallowaycommunitytransport.org) for updates.