The Stove

The Stove Network


Can the 'arts' really make a difference in our communities, can creative practice help bring people into the heart of decision-making for themselves and their environments.


To create community-led projects/activity and advocate for localised decision-making in our communities through creative action. This is a multi-disciplinary practice working with artists and other creative practitioners, individuals and groups, organisational partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to build relationships that give people a stake in their town under the creative guise of Town Artist (The Stove Network).


The Stove Network (TSN) is a community-led organisation (membership of 500+) that uses the arts and creativity as tools to put local people at the centre of deciding and shaping the future of our town. We run a regular programme of activity that is directed towards creating skills and employment opportunities, empowering disadvantaged communities, building capacity within community groups and redeveloping under-used buildings as community assets. We run a 3 storey former shop unit, right in the heart of the town centre. The Stove building operates as a fully accessible public resource that is open to the general public 6 days a week. Through this we run a programme of community-led events and activity in public spaces around the town and outreach workshops with local community groups in Dumfries.


Creative Scotland, Big Lottery, Holywood Trust, Heritage Lottery, Network for Social Change, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Robertson Trust


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