Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

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 is to raise the profile of the work of the WWT at Caerlaverock, and bring the inspirational landscape of the Solway and its wildlife  to a wider audience through the generosity and creativity of the artists taking part.  

We therefore invite donations of created work, in the form of paintings, drawings,  original prints, ceramics, sculpture or textile art for the ‘Wild Solway’ Art Exhibition to  be held from 4th – 31st October 2024 at the WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway.  All the work on show will have been inspired in some way by the character of the Solway  landscape – its wildlife, scenery and skies.  

WWT Caerlaverock and DAGFAS are working together to present ‘Wild Solway’. Both  organisations rely on public support to allow them to thrive, therefore we need your  help to ensure the success of this venture. You can support us as an artist, by donating  work for the exhibition, or as a visitor to the WWT Caerlaverock to view the exhibition  and enjoy some of the superb pieces of work on show . You will also see first-hand some  of the valuable work the WWT undertakes on their reserve as well as have the opportunity  to purchase some beautiful original artwork for your own collection.  

All proceeds from Wild Solway will be shared jointly between DAGFAS and the WWT  Caerlaverock. You can find out more about the WWT Caerlaverock here.

So, artists – can you help? Would you be willing to donate a piece of your artwork?  

Your artwork will also be entered into a competition which will be independently  judged.  *Up to £2000 in prize money will be shared among  the best entries with a special category for 15-25 year-olds! 

As well as being part of the ‘Wild Solway’ exhibition at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland  Centre on show from 4th– 31st October 2024 it will also  be offered for sale on-line. 

On-line Auction:

An on-line auction of the exhibition will be held by Thomson Roddick Auctioneers. This will be widely  promoted to encourage further sales and publicity.

Guidelines for artwork submissions: 

If you would like to donate work, then please lodge your interest via the Register Interest form below. Make sure you include your name, email and a contact number. An acknowledgement with more detailed instructions of how to proceed will be sent to you. Submissions of work will be accepted from 1st July onwards. Details will be published nearer the time on this website. All works must be received by  31st August 2024 at the latest. Please note that  2D work should not exceed 50 cm in width, including frame.  Collection points will be set up nearer the time with details to follow. 

Remember, your inspiration must broadly come from the Solway in some form.

Paintings, original prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics or textile art will be welcomed.  Paintings, unless a box canvas, should be signed, framed, and all work labelled, wired and ready to display.  

All entries will be judged by an independent panel. The criteria for assessing the pieces  will include visual excellence, technical craftsmanship, and representation of the  subject. Every effort will be made to include all donated work in the ‘Wild Solway’  exhibition at WWT Caerlaverock. All work will be offered for sale in an online auction– details to  follow. 

Prize winners will be invited to exhibit a selection of their work on the DAGFAS website  for a year and will be featured in our magazine and on our social media. 

We value your support in this joint promotion with the Wildfowl and Wetland  Trust

Application Form

Wild Solway - Register Interest

Wild Solway - Register Interest

We are inviting donations of created work, in the form of paintings, drawings, original prints, ceramics and sculpture for the ‘Wild Solway’ Art Exhibition and online auction which will be held from 4th – 31st October 2024 at the WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway. All the work on show will have been inspired in some way by the character of the Solway landscape – its wildlife, scenery and skies.

Do include your website if you have one, or your Facebook or Instagram page.
Please note that in submitting this form, you accept that the organisers DAGFAS or WWT may use the imagery for promotional purposes towards the exhibition. Your contact details will not be shared with any other body. Both DAGFAS and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust would like to thank you for your donation. We look forward to receiving your work and will be in touch very soon with further news of the exhibition.