Creetown Initiative are launching an opportunity for local artists and craft makers across Dumfries and Galloway to become part of a new Arts and Crafts Co-operative retail space.

If you are a local artist or craft maker and cannot find affordable premises to run your own shop then this could be for you.

It will be opening in the new Creetown Enterprise Centre this spring, as part of the redevelopment of the former Barholm Arms Hotel.

The £800,000 centre project funded by the Lottery will also house a 29-bed bunkhouse, launderette, charity shop, bicycle hire and repairs, car and electric care hire and office and workshop spaces to rent.

The Arts and Crafts Co-operative will be housed in a shop space on the ground floor of the building and each artist will have a permanent display space within the shop for a minimal rent and electricity contribution. The artist will also be asked to staff the shop one day out of 30.

A spokesman said: “The sharing of the overheads and staffing makes this opportunity very affordable and a lot less time intensive. Plus the centre will be open all year round and there will be many visitors to the centre accessing the other elements, making this a potentially very lucrative opportunity.”

For more information contact Amy-Dee Watson at or call 01671 820654.