Sunday, 29 September 2013

Open Invitation - Creetown Sculpture Design Unveiled

Exciting things are happening in Creetown this week. Artists from the Stove Network have been working in and around Creetown since January this year, developing a new way-marking sculpture for the town. 

This is the first chance to see all of the work produced thus far coming together, as the final designs for the sculpture are unveiled and artists involved in the project will be on hand to discuss their work on the project. 

We would like to extend an invitation to all those from the wider Stove community and those interested in the project to attend our open evening, which will take place this Thursday, 3rd October in the Gem Rock Museum.

For more details please contact the stove by email

Reposted from the Ferrythorn project blog

Monday, 23 September 2013

Nithraid - The Results are In!

The Whitesands came alive this weekend - as the Nithraid did indeed come up with the tide. From the starting point at Carsethorn, thirteen boats made the trip up the Caul - with first place being awarded to Piella, skippered by Adam Booth with a time of 2 hours and 6 minutes. But a challenging race it proved, as sand banks, strong currents and low winds proved the course to be a tricky one. 
Photo credits: Colin Tennant - see more here
The Salt Cow being lowered into the Nith by the winning team Photo credits: Oriel Marshal - see more here
Photo credits: Brian Kerr - see more here

The Salt Cow was paraded through the streets of Dumfries with all ceremonial care which gathered numbers as it passed the Midsteeple, rounded the Burns statue (twice), down the Vennels and across the Devorgilla bridge to continue a loop around the river bridges to the beating of drums (and diggeri-moos). 
Photo credits: Rosi - see more here
Banners were released over the old bridge as the boats arrived, proclaiming the words of Dumfries including
Seize the potential.
On the brink.
Cut rates.
Photo credits: Katie - see more here
Photo credits: Martin Johnston of DGWGO see more here

Despite the slightly dreich conditions - spectators arrived and lined both sides of the river to behold the unusual sight. Many thanks go out to everyone who was involved and to all who turned out on Saturday.

Highlights of the magnificent Nithraid now on flickr

Click here to see full highlights

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

I know to wait till the tide is high...

It's almost here! The final preparations are underway this week as The Stove prepares for the inaugral Nithraid. The highest tide of the year is this Saturday, and with it will arrive the intrepid sailors from Carsethorn. A spectacle is promised so be sure to keep an eye on the Nith between 12.30 and 3.30...