AN EXCITING new opportunity for creative people of all ages is being set up in Langholm.
OutPost Arts is opening a new hub in the former Blue Moon shop in the High Street.
And everyone will get a taste of what’s to come when it opens its doors on Saturday, August 31 for the day.
Lucy MacLeod, creative director, said OutPost Arts would be part of the basecamp activities during the Wild Eskdale festival on the Castleholm on that day.
They would put on their art trail, Discovering Langholm, and participants will be taken from the Castleholm to the new hub where there will be an exhibition.
In October the OutPost Arts Hub will be officially launched at their festival, Look Out Langholm.
Lucy said: “The Hub will be vibrant and active and we want it to be a part of the community and be a destination for creative tourism.
“We’ll use creativity as a place-making exercise and using creative projects to put Langholm on the map.
“Having the Hub will give us a central focal point where we can hold more community-based activities.
“The Hub will give us a physical presence and more visibility and we want to encourage people to come in and find out what we’re doing.
“We’re putting together a programme of workshops, exhibitions and networking events which will support people who want to help and artists by allowing them to run workshops, sell work and deliver mini-markets.
“We’re focusing on local and regional but want to tap into national as well. We can link with things happening in Dumfries and pull those activities over here.
“The Stove in Dumfries is looking at setting up a more formal creative network around the region.
“We’re a part of that and we’re hosting one of the workshops which is being funded by the South of Scotland Economic Partnership. We hope there will be more activity and investment over here and in rural areas.”
OutPost Arts is taking part in next May’s Spring Fling and Lucy is now on the judging panel for the art section.