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Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright

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The Tolbooth Art Centre is based in Kirkcudbright's 17th century Tolbooth. This served previously as the Town Council offices, Burgh and Sheriff courts and the criminal and debtor's prison. One of its most famous prisoners was John Paul Jones, hero of the American Navy.

Find out about Kirkcudbright's famous artists, such as E A Hornel, Jessie M King, E A Taylor and Charles Oppenheimer in the Tolbooth's audio-visual shows "Kirkcudbright - The Artists' Town" and "Jessie M King". See their works on permanent display here, including paintings of the Tolbooth itself by the famous Scottish colourist, S J Peploe, and David Gauld, one of the 'Glasgow Boys'.

The top floor of the Tolbooth, formerly the debtor's prison is now used as a gallery for ever changing contemporary art and craft exhibitions.

Friendly café serving fresh coffee, teas and locally produced cakes and biscuits. Gift shop, retailing artists' prints, paintings, crafts, art books and reproductions.

Opening hours

Open all year
Winter (1 October - 15 April): Monday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Summer (16 April - 30 September): Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm and Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Admission charges

Admission is free.

What's on 

Exhibitions, Events and Workshops from January 2015 - January 2016.

Contact details

Tolbooth Art Centre
High Street
01557 331556
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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