PRESS RELEASE August 17 2009
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New lease of life for a nail factory
The beginning of August saw the opening of an exciting new art space in Dalbeattie offering a multitude of creative opportunities for both locals and visitors to the area.

The unusual location for this new studio and gallery is in the heart of Dalbeattie in a building which was formerly used as a nail factory, and more recently, a scout hut. 

The aptly named Nail Factory, a stone hut which has been transformed into a bright and airy gallery space, complete with solar panels and living accommodation, and will be host to a wide range of artistic activities. 

Temporary exhibitions will be shown throughout the year but the Nail Factory will also offer a live-in studio space for artists searching for inspiration from the nearby Dalbeattie Forest and Solway coastline, or simply looking for a retreat to focus on their creative skills.

The Nail Factory will also be offering arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults, providing a perfect opportunity for the development of a range of skills, supported by talented and experienced artists from Scotland and further afield.

Founder, Rupinder Dulay, is very excited about the opening of the Nail Factory, “I see this as a constantly evolving art space which I hope will nurture the creativity of young people in our area whilst also highlighting the work of many inspirational artists”.

The opening exhibition Creative Roots (which ran from 8-15 August) showcased pieces created by her immediate and extended family, including photography, painting, jewellery, and more.  One visitor commented “Just what Dalbeattie needs!  Lovely space, beautiful exhibition”.

The Nail Factory will open its doors again in October for an exhibition from local artist Marcer Campbell.
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Attached images:

  The Nail Factory   Private View at the Nail Factory 7 August 2009   Creative Roots exhibition, August 2009

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