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Keekin' in Creetown art project
A couple in Creetown (Val Horton)
Creetown villagers are taking part in This is Us

Local residents in Creetown are featured in a unique art exhibition by photographer Val Horton.

Images of 126 of the villagers are being displayed in participants' front windows.

"This is Us" is part of the year-long Inspire Creetown project, which began in May this year.

The project, funded by the Scottish Arts Council, aims to give Creetown residents the chance to get involved in and be inspired by works of art.

'People of Creetown'

The exhibition runs from 18 to 31 October. A keekin' trail map can be followed around the village and Val Horton will be leading a guided tour on the exhibition opening day.

Val Horton said: "We are turning the whole of Creetown into an art gallery. Instead of people visiting a building to view art they will be able to pick up a map to guide them around the trail."

Six major events are taking place in the village under the Inspire Creetown project.

Iain Cant's sculpture of Triquetra (Iain Cant)
Triquetra, a cutting edge sculpture made from Galloway granite

To date, villagers have been involved in 3D sculpture workshops run by Iain Cant which led to the unveiling of a new sculpture by Cant at the Gem Rock Museum in the village, alongside 3D prints created by the sculpture students at the beginning of October.

Another project took place in July, Age Old, a cross-generational drama summer school residency, run by theatre group Glas(s) Performance, which culminated in a public performance in Adamson Square.

Three more projects will take place in the village before next April: a living willow sculpture by Alex Rigg, a storytelling project with Robbie Coleman and a school homecoming project involving local primary school children who will be researching artefacts from across the globe made from Creetown granite.

Karen Donald, Inspire Creetown project manager, said: "The main themes throughout the year have been the history and people of Creetown, past and present, with hopes and visions for the future."


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