Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society is one of the oldest art societies in the country and  celebrated its centenary in 2022.

Notable founding members in 1922 included Jessie M. King, her husband E. A. Taylor, and Chris J. Fergusson. Early members included E.A. Hornel and Charles Oppenheimer. The Scottish Colourist F.C.B. Cadell and Katherine Cameron were also regular exhibitors in the 1920s.

An annual exhibition has been held every year since 1922 with the exception of five years during the Second World War. Centenary year 2022 was marked with special exhibitions in Dumfries and Kirkcudbright.

In addition to a selected annual exhibition, the society arranges other unselected exhibitions at different venues.

The society normally arranges a winter programme of demonstrations and workshops given by professional artists, and a summer programme of workshops in different media. Our members include amateurs of all levels, and non-painters who enjoy the talks and demonstrations, as well as many professional artists.

DAGFAS Development Day

Help us plan the future of DAGFAS

We would like to thank everyone who completed the recent Members Survey which was sent out to you all. Your responses are very much appreciated and, as promised, we now intend to use these to help shape the future of DAGFAS.

To this end, we have arranged a DAGFAS Development Day which will take place on:

Wednesday 24th July 2024
at Castle Douglas Community Centre (Gym Hall)

All members are invited to attend this event. In order for DAGFAS to be fully member led, we would really appreciate your attendance, as it is important that as many of you as possible are able to contribute to the discussions.

So we have an idea of numbers it would be appreciated if you register your attendance using the Ticketsource link below (there is no charge): 

We will do our utmost to take forward all ideas and suggestions from both the Members Survey and the Development Day and implement as many as possible, within the human and financial capabilities and resources of the organisation.

Register you place here:


DAGFAS Annual Exhibition

DAGFAS Annual Exhibition

The DAGFAS Annual Exhibition is currently running at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.  It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wealth and range of work produced by the society's members.  The exhibition runs at Gracefield until 10th August, open...

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Wild Solway

Wild Solway

An open invitation to artists: Can you help?  The Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society (DAGFAS) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands  Trust (WWT) Caerlaverock are coming together to launch a joint fund-raising, publicity  and art exhibition entitled ‘Wild Solway’. Our aim...

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DAGFAS Gracefield Thursday and Friday Art Clubs

DAGFAS Gracefield Thursday and Friday Art Clubs

We have established two art clubs at Gracefield Arts Centre. They run on Thursday afternoons and on Friday mornings with about 12 tables.  The cost is £5 per week. Our art clubs aim to improve drawing and painting skills and to encourage people to meet other artists,...

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