Friday, 19 June 2009

What's coming up at Thomas Tosh: July and August

Summer is in full swing at Tosh. The Vanishing Scotland exhibition was launched this week and has been sparking a lot of local interest.  We will be updating the blog about events linked to this exhibition. 

And Burns: The Taxman is back at Tosh until the end of the summer as well. 

There's a couple of other things that will hopefully whet your appetite. 
JoAnne McKay is launching her new poetry collection The Fat Plant at TT on Sunday July 12th at 3pm. JoAnne's recital is worth catching as she delivers her readings extremely well. The Fat Plant has various themes including JoAnne's experiences as a  police officer. But her family background dominates and provides rich insights into life. 

And then in August, printmaker Hugh Bryden is launching Summer at Home, which ties in with Homecoming 2009. Hugh will be running workshops in printing and bookmaking. And his exhibition will change during its run to reflect a summer in Dumfriesshire.

Written by Paul O'Keeffe at Thomas Tosh

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Lloyd's Cycling Club at tt

Thomas Tosh was the lunchtime refuge for a group of cyclists from the Lloyd's Cycling Club today (Wednesday 10th June). They're on the Scottish leg of their charity ride from Land's End to John O'Groats.

You can read about their efforts and the charities they are supporting at their website:

Good luck to them, only another 350 odd miles of saddle soreness until they get to John O'Groats.

Written by Paul O'Keeffe at Thomas Tosh

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Nith Landscape Workshops with Ed and Fiona

The Nith Landscapes exhibition is entering its final full week. And we've got a couple of special events tied in with it.

This coming Saturday (6th June), Ed Slater will be revealing his trade secrets by showing customers how he creates his pictures. Ed's bringing in canvases that he is currently working on to reveal the different stages in the creation of his amazing pieces.

Ed's pieces are multilayered, using acrylics, glass paint and found objects. They've raised a lot of interest at the Nith Landscapes exhibition. So his talk should be fascinating insight his work.

Ed will be at Tosh from 3pm on Saturday and entry is free.

And fellow exhibitor Fiona Allardyce-Lewis will be running our first paid entry workshop next Thursday (11th June).

Fiona has been inspired by the arts and crafts legend William Morris for this workshop. And particularly his vision encapsulated in his famous quote: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

Fiona's keepsake boxes and mirrors have lots of buyers. She manages to combine technical skill, mastery of perspective and humour to create distinctive pieces of art.

In the workshop, Fiona will be helping customers create painted placemats or coasters that will be theirs to keep. The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm and it costs £35. That includes all materials, lunch and morning and afternoon tea/coffee and cakes.

Fiona says: "I've run workshops for young people before, but this is my first workshop for adults, and I'm really looking forward to it."
If you would like to sign up to the limited places just call us on: 01848 331 553 or email