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Alive AGM and Supporters Meeting

Join us from 7pm on 18th Feb, in the Old Convent, for our AGM and Supporters Meeting.

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Board Meeting to discuss the closure of D&G Police Control Room – watch live

You can watch the Scottish Police Authority Public Board Meeting live online on Thursday 30th Feb 2014, from 2.30pm – 5pm right here. It’s the last item on the agenda, so likely to be later in the afternon. The meeting takes place in the Trades Hall, Glasgow:

It’s a public meeting and it is expected that a group of staff representitives from D&G will be present in person.

Alive Radio is not responsible for external content and may not endorse the views expressed therein.

Contemporary photography in Scotland 11 January to 8 March 2014

The New Year at Gracefield begins with an exciting programme of contemporary photography exhibitions across Gracefield Galleries 1 and 2.

We are delighted to be able to show works on loan specially from the National Galleries of Scotland alongside works from our own Permanent Art Collection; a wide selection of new work from Dumfries Camera Club; the Jill Todd Photographic Award and a special local photographers exhibition with imagery of Burma in the Café Gallery.

At a time when taking pictures has never been more popular, these exhibitions aim to show how everyone from the keen amateur to the artist photographer, can bring something original to the art of photography.

11 Jan – 8 March Gallery 2: National Galleries of Scotland/Gracefield Collections
The images on display in Gallery 2 are by established photographers produced during the last 35 years, and have been accessioned into the Scottish National Photography Collection since 1980. Photographers include Fay Godwin, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Wendy McMurdo and Murray Johnston. Also on display by Scottish photographer Alicia Bruce is a photograph from ‘Menie: A portrait of a North East community in conflict’, a project she completed in 2010 documenting the local response to the development of the Trump International Golf Links on the Aberdeenshire coast. Gracefield has a strong collection of photographs and works using photographic techniques, such as the works here by Philip Braham, Norman McBeath and Raymond Moore which explore various themes and imagery.

18 January – 12 February Gallery 1: Dumfries Camera Club Annual Exhibition
This year’s Dumfries Camera Club exhibition offers the chance to see the work of professional and non-professional photographers from one of Scotland’s busiest and best photography Clubs. The Annual Exhibition offers its members the opportunity to produce a themed panel of prints on a subject of their choice. With a membership now approaching sixty in number, many of whom are relatively inexperienced photographers and have joined in the last couple of years, this offers some their first chance to exhibit work in public.

14 February – 8 March Gallery 1: The Jill Todd Photographic Award Exhibition 2014
The Jill Todd Photographic Award has been established to support and celebrate the work of talented photographers from major Photography and Arts Degree programmes in Scotland. The award is open to final year undergraduate students; post graduate students; Master of Arts students and photographers within three years of graduation. All applicants must be from Photography or Art Degree Courses based in Scotland. For this, the second year of The Jill Todd Award, the selected theme is ‘Home’. Work by James Dixon, winner of the Jill Todd Photographic Award 2013, and finalists;
Felix Davey, Edinburgh Napier University and Theresa Moerman, Glasgow School of Art.

14 January – Saturday 8 March: Café Exhibition
The ‘Golden Land’ of Burma – A selection of the stunning images captured by 8 photographers on a rare visit to Burma in December 2012.

Exhibition Talk with Robin Gillanders – Saturday 15 February, 2pm: Gallery 2
£4/£3 (conc) with refreshments included

Join us for a special exhibition talk by photographer, lecturer, and Jill Todd Photography Award judge, Robin Gillanders, including an exploration of photography as a window on the world and a review of the images from social documentary to landscape.

Photography Weekend – Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February, 10am – 4pm

Working with professional photographer, Natalie Feather, learn and develop skills in the darkroom and in digital photography. The first day will include analogue photography using large format and a variety of cameras, working in a darkroom learning about the basics of a photograph such as aperture, depth of field, focal length, and image composition. During the second day participants will experiment with digital photography, produce prints and share their work.

Cost £90/£70 (conc) including materials. (Places are limited to 10 and must be booked in advance by contacting Gracefield Arts Centre on 01387 262084).

Also at Gracefield:

Saturday Kids Club (age 5 -12) and Baby and Toddler sessions (18mths – 4years) with our usual exciting programme of art and craft activities to keep creative hands busy. Call us for details of what’s coming up or check out the programme and where to find us on:

Admission to the exhibitions is free, and we are open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.

Gracefield is located at 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries.

Seeing Stars

For Stargazing Live 2014 Dumfries Astronomy Society is organising a fun filled night of astronomy activities at Dumfries Museum on Saturday 11 January, 7 – 9.30pm. Suitable for all ages, everyone is invited to come along.

BBC Stargazing Live 2014, hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain, has been taking place this week. This is the fourth year for these popular live TV programmes and for 2014 the key topics included space weather, space exploration and the Milky Way and other galaxies. The event at the museum will follow these themes and include craft activities, constellation building and an “Ask the Astronomer” session where you can ask all of those things you ever wanted to know about the universe and the astronomers will provide answers for (almost) everything.

Interactive activities will take place inside the museum whatever the weather. Each activity will be hosted by a member of the Dumfries Astronomy Society. Weather permitting, some of the members will be outside with telescopes and binoculars to give a guided tour of the night sky. If the sky is clear there is a good chance of seeing Jupiter as well as star constellations and the moon. Please wear warm clothes, hats, scarves and gloves for the observing. Tea, coffee, squash and refreshments will be available indoors.

More information about the Dumfries Astronomy Society is available at

Search For Local Heroes To Launch The Homecoming Carnival

The search is on to find the people who transform lives and make Dumfries and Galloway a great place to live.

Big Burns Supper Festival, DG LIFE magazine, Alive Radio and Dumfries and Galloway What’s Going On (DGWGO) are calling on the public to nominate the area’s local heroes.

The festival will invite some of them to help open this year’s Homecoming Carnival, which will take place in Dumfries on 25 January.

Graham Main, Festival Director of Big Burns Supper, said: “Burns is a global humanitarian icon – and wherever you go people fall in love with his work, as much as the spirit behind his own life.

Our Homecoming Heroes is a way for us to mark and celebrate people, who help support brilliant things in Dumfries and Galloway.

We are calling on the public to tell us about the people out there who are helping change lives for the better or are inspirations in their communities. Whether it’s a teacher, a lollypop lady, a local volunteer – just let us know.”

The winners will be invited to carry some of the 28 Commonwealth flags that will be leading the procession – playing a vital role in the opening of the carnival. The Commonwealth section of the carnival, which highlights our links with nations round the world, is sponsored by the Celebrate Fund and the Holywood Trust.

Nominating a Homecoming Hero is easy, just log on to DGWGO at by 19January and fill in some details.

Winners will be announced via DGWGO and Alive Radio and will open the carnival on Burns Night.

Maureen Farrell, Chair of Big Burns Supper Festival, said: “Big Burns Supper is truly unique in Scotland because of the way we try to get as many members of the community taking part as possible.

Over the last three years we have met some truly amazing people, and we think it is time to start recognising them through our Homecoming Carnival.”

BBS 2014 will be the third and largest so far. There will be lots of Burns Supper options so everyone can tuck into their traditional haggis, neeps and tatties. These include the award-winning 10-minute Burns Suppers.

The event is community-based and involves a host of groups and individuals from around the region and has rapidly built up a reputation offering a great atmosphere and giving a real boost in the lull after Hogmanay.

With Dumfries being in easy reach of the Central Belt and northern England, BBS attracts visitors from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Carlisle and many other places.

The festival is made possible by support from many organisations including Creative Scotland, Homecoming Scotland, Scotland’s Winter Festivals, 8020 and Dumfries and Galloway Council.Big Burns Supper

Thornhill Music Festival line up .

The line up for the THORNHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014- 2nd to 4th May 2014 has just been announced .

There are some great acts taking part lots of new faces and some returning from last year , including Ruff Cut, Hound Dog Fraser and Rock Hunter , Kate Bradley Blues , The Paddy McGuire Band ,The Deluxe, GT’s Boos Band,The Blueswater , Brothers Groove , The Lewis Hamilton Band , Urang Matang and Jed Potts and the Hillman Hunters.

The festival will be kicked off by The Amphetameanies at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel at 7pm on the 2nd .

Lots of great local acts too Bad Reputation, The Fused , Strumsum, i foundation, Lauren Dalgliesh , The Yahs , Cammy Black , and a return to the scene by The Cats .

This year they also have a headliner in the shape of the excellent Jo Harman, all in all should be a great weekend of live music in the ducal village.

Spring Fling on the hunt for things to paint

Scotland’s nationally acclaimed contemporary visual art and craft event Spring Fling joins forces with street art collective Recoat to produce Spring Fling | Rural Mural.




Spring Fling | Rural Mural (SF|RM) will combine excellence of art production with cross discipline working between urban street artists and rural studio based visual artists, creating a series of murals, installations and painted vehicles across Dumfries and Galloway for Spring Fling 2014.






Through working with Recoat, SF|RM will enhance Spring Fling, Scotland’s nationally acclaimed visual art and craft event and gives two ambitious organisations the chance to work together using complimentary skills, knowledge and expertise. The project will engage with local communities through street art workshops, develop national and international audiences, and encourage movement around Dumfries and Galloway.




The project is at the very beginning with ambitions to adorn such things as farm buildings, empty shops in towns, rural vehicles such as tractors, buses and bikes with high quality murals. The murals will be created through collaboration between Recoat’s network of national and international street artists and Spring Fling artists. These will then become part of the Spring Fling open studio routes for the event 24 – 26 May 2014.




Throughout October 2013 Spring Fling and Recoat are calling out for local people to come forward with buildings, walls, vehicles and shop-fronts to be painted with a mural and become part of SF|RM.




There is an element of SF|RM called ‘unexpected things to paint’ – Spring Fling and Recoat welcome any ideas, however crazy, for anything local people might like to have painted which could become part of Spring Fling 2014.




Leah Black, Project Manager of Spring Fling urges people with buildings, vehicles, or ‘things’ to paint, to; ‘Think big, think bold, and think outside the box.’




She goes on to explain that ‘Spring Fling has a special magic that pulls art lovers from across the world to Dumfries and Galloway each May. At the heart of what we do are the artists and makers opening their doors to the public and each year we enhance this by pushing the boundaries of what an open studio event can be – SF|RM will do exactly this and we are delighted to be working with street art innovators Amy and Ali from Recoat.’




As part of SF|RM, Recoat will lead a series of street art workshops in 2014 for young people and communities linked to the murals and installations being created locally.




Amy Whiten Managing Director at Recoat says, ‘We are so excited to be working on this project with Spring Fling. A major part of our work at Recoat is about offering educational workshops that get more people interested in Street Art and painting Murals. The workshops in this project will generate ideas and themes for the murals the artists will paint. It is a really positive way for local people to be directly involved in the process.’




In order to explain more about street art, how SF|RM will work in relation to Spring Fling, and how artists, aspiring artists, young people, and people with ‘things to paint’ can get involved Recoat will lead a SF|RM Info Sharing Event on Monday 11 October 2013 at The Stove in Dumfries.




To submit an idea for a building, shop front, vehicle, or unexpected thing to paint please email Leah Black on or call 01387 213 218 by 5pm on Monday 11 November 2013.




SF|RM Info Sharing Event is free to attend but please register your attendance

Comlongon Rocks free September event cancelled

A free mini-music festival due to be held this Sunday, 22nd September, at Comlongon Castle, near Clarencefield, has fallen foul of site issues at the last minute.

According the organiser’s Facebook page:

“Due to a respected decision by the licensing committee today, we have unfortunately been denied the appropriate license for running this event and it will now not go ahead.

We hope to address the concerns given more time and look forward to running the event early summer next year.

Thank you all for the phenomenal support you have shown.”

No further information is available at present.

Magnox Limited, Chapelcross Supports Live World Class Cycling

Magnox sponsor stage oneMagnox Limited, Chapelcross has been announced as the Regional Sponsors of the Tour of Britain in Scotland. Their sponsorship will enhance the delivery of this prestigious national cycling event and help promote Dumfries and Galloway across the Globe.

Magnox is committed to providing socio-economic support and enabling sustainability in its local communities. This work is supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and provides socio-economic funding through the contract with Magnox, and EnergySolutions. The Magnox sponsorship is fitting, as Stage One of the Tour passes close to the Chapelcross Site travelling through Gretna, Eastriggs and Annan.

The Tour of Britain celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013, and continues its love affair with South West Scotland, which it has visited eight times in a nine year period previous to this year.

Drumlanrig Castle will be transformed in the two days before the Tour, to prepare for the expected influx of eight thousand spectators. One kilometre of barriers will be laid out, as well as a huge amount of event apparatus and television Outside Broadcast units being brought on-site.

Additional attractions on Sunday 15 September for Tour spectators include a farmers’ market, the 7stanes Display Team, street entertainers and a Giant Screen, which will provide live coverage of the race. Spectators are urged to reach Drumlanrig well before the gates close at 1400 hours, to enjoy the atmosphere and ensure there is no congestion.

Councillor Finlay Carson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion said, “I am delighted that Magnox Limited, Chapelcross, is joining the well-established and effective partnership that is behind the Tour of Britain. To retain major events such as the Tour, the Council needs to work closely with far sighted businesses and the Magnox Limited, Chapelcross Regional Sponsorship is a superb example of this public private sector approach.”

John Grierson, Site Director for Magnox Limited, Chapelcross said, “We are proud to be regional sponsors and welcome the Tour of Britain to South West Scotland. We hope it will bring many visitors to our local area and communities“

The Great Moss exhibition moves to Annan

A fascinating touring exhibition opens at Annan Museum on Saturday 7 September. The Great Moss reveals the story of one of the largest areas of raised bog in Europe – the internationally important Lochar Moss. The exhibition investigates the human and natural history of this area of peatland, focusing on archaeological finds and its unique ecology, including its carbon storage potential.

The items on display will range from a Bronze Age stone ball and an Iron Age lignite finger ring to 20th century peat bricks, peat cutting spades and drainage tiles . An electrotype of an Iron Age copper alloy torc, produced by metal plating a mould of the original, along with flints and arrowheads found in the Lochar Moss have been specially loaned for the exhibition by National Museums Scotland.

Exclusive to Annan Museum will be information from new research by local history expert, Jim Hawkins, into families involved in drainage projects carried out during the 19th and 20th century development of peatlands for agricultural use.

As part of the exhibition there will be activities for children, including Iron Age outfits to try on and gallery quizzes to take part in.
As part of the funding available for this exhibition we are able to offer several fun learning sessions for visiting school classes. Terramundi Theatre has developed an interactive workshop which involves storytelling, puppets and a giant jigsaw wall. These sessions are on Monday 9 September and Tuesday 10 September, and any schools that are interested in taking part should telephone Dumfries Museum on 01387 253374 or e-mail to book a session.

To coincide with the exhibition Annan Museum will also be hosting a talk on Bog Bodies in Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday 26 September at 6.30pm. Local archaeologist John Pickin will explore the story of human bodies in the bogs and peatlands of Dumfries and Galloway. Where were they found, how old were they and why were they buried in the bog. And where are these bodies today? All are welcome to join John on this grisly journey into the region’s ancient past, but numbers are limited so please call Annan Museum on 01461 201384 to book a place.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 7 September to Thursday 31 October and admission if free. Annan Museum is open 11am – 4pm Monday – Saturday.