Useful Information

The following information about travel and supplies may be of use to those artists who have been offered a residency:

Suggested materials/things to bring:

  • In the winter it is very cold! Be sure to bring long johns and suitable warm clothing/outdoor wear
  • In the summer there are lots of midges so bring insect repellent, sun lotion, waterproofs and warm clothes as the weather is changeable.
  • Travel easel
  • Umbrella
  • Wellies / boots
  • Torch - it's dark walking back from the studios at night
  • If you won’t be driving - lots of food as there aren't any shops nearby (Cumnock is a 40 minute walk away)

The studios each provide:

  • Easels
  • Trestle tables
  • Kitchens with fridge
  • Kettle
  • Wi-fi
  • Excellent views
  • Portable Daylight Lamps 
  • Drawing boards.

Dumfries House Studio


There are no shops within walking distance of the Dumfries estate, however the village of Cumnock is a five minute drive away and has a small supermarket as well as a post office and small hardware store. The nearest large supermarket and hardware store is in Ayr, a 25 minute drive away. The nearest art shop is in Ayr or Glasgow so we suggest that you bring all the art materials that you think you might need with you.