Wasps opened this facility in 2010. Wasps was looking to provide artists with studios in Dumfries and Galloway for the previous 8 years, understanding the high demand in the area.

Both the Cannonwalls and Claverhouse buildings sit in Kirkcudbright’s historic High Street, close to the Tolbooth Arts Centre and near neighbour to the Selkirk Arms Hotel, where Robert Burns reputedly wrote his famous “Selkirk grace”:

Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.

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Wasps was drawn to Kirkcudbright due to its reputation as an ‘Artists Town’, one of several themed towns in Dumfries & Galloway, complementing Wigtown as the ‘Book Town’ and Castle Douglas as the ‘Food Town’.

It is home to historical buildings, such as the Tolbooth and the 16th century remains of MacLellan’s Castle. The surrounding landscape has long attracted artists – in the early 20th century many distinguished practitioners lived in the town: E.A. Hornel (whose former home is now a National Trust property); Jessie M. King and her husband, E.A. Taylor; and Charles Oppenheimer. It was also the summer haunt of visiting creatives, such as S.J. Peploe, the Scottish Colourist, and Robert Burns, Head of Painting at Edinburgh College of Art.

Several contemporary artists live and work in the town today and there are some great local galleries.

Launched in late 2010, the artists based there have frequently held popular events both within the building and the town.

being a wasps tenant

With over 40 years worth of expertise, we are the UK’s largest provider of affordable studio space for artists and creative industries.

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • Affordable studio prices with no hidden costs – utilities and Wifi are all inclusive in artist studios (rates apply for creative offices)
  • Building security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals
  • 24/7 secure access all year round
  • Part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives in our 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our Arts & Enterprise programme including:
    • Exhibitions – over 50% of artists exhibited in our gallery programmes are tenants
    • Makers Markets
    • South Block shop
    • Open Studios
    • Art Fairs
  • Ability to join our Own Art scheme
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff team
  • Promotion on our website with an artist profile

accessibility & getting here


Ground floor level is fully accessible. Visitors with disabilities to first floor may need some assistance as there is no lift.


117 High Street
Dumfries and Galloway

getting here

The studios are closely located to the town centre. Travelling from the bus stop at Harbour Square head southwest onto Beaconsfield Place before walking to your left towards St Cuthbert Street. Turn right onto St Cuthbert Street. Turn left onto Castle Street and walk until you reach High Street where you will turn left. The studios will be on the right.

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