The making of the Cultural Map of Dumfries and Galloway

The Cultural Map of Dumfries and Galloway showcases the immense creativity of our region and the depth and breadth of its contemporary and historic culture.

Rather than a “what’s on” service, it shows “who’s who” and “what’s where”. This is invaluable because Dumfries and Galloway is packed with creative people including artists, craft makers, performers, writers, poets, retailers, designers, managers, suppliers and more.

If you live in the region, plan to visit, or wish to find out about our creative people, then this map is a great starting point. And if you are in the arts or creative industries, or have a club, venue or society, then please make sure you are listed on the site – the bigger it gets the better.

It’s here for you! And while there are already hundreds of entries, the whole idea is that as many people as possible should add their own details so it lives and grows.

Origins of the map

Dumfries and Galloway is a region of astonishing beauty and its artistic and cultural heritage stretches back for millennia.

No wonder it is becoming renowned as Scotland’s home of environmental art as well as a powerhouse for visual art and craft.

Dumfries and Galloway is also internationally known for its festivals – from Wickerman and the Wigtown Book Festival through to the Big Burns Supper and Burns Night carnival. The map provides a portal so you can find out all you need to know about the people and the place.

It was commissioned as part of the Fresh Start for the Arts consultancy led by Kathleen O’Neill and Peter Stark – a process which was designed to give the creative sector in Dumfries and Galloway a greater role in managing their own affairs.

Dumfries and Galloway Council created the website – a huge and complex task. The mapping project, however, was under the overall management of DG Unlimited , the independent member-led charity which took shape as a result of Fresh Start.

Funding has been provided by the council, DG Unlimited and Creative Scotland. Access to the historic Blaeu maps is courtesy of the National Library of Scotland Map Library.