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Community Art Centre Update | A’ The Airts

In line with current government restriction, we are very pleased to say that our café is still open, but at a limited capacity.  Please call 01659 50514 to book a table, café hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday – Friday.  Facilities are open on the ground floor only, however the disabled toilet on the first floor can still be accessed via the lift.

As a community art centre we are unable to offer our usual classes, workshops and theatre events but we ran online Art competitions during lockdown and currently have a Christmas card competition for the local young people of Upper Nithsdale, please see below details of how to enter.

We are also open in the Craft shop from 10am until 4pm, please don’t forget your mask, and we have sanitiser, screens and gloves in place if you visit. Please do not hesitate to contact us, on 01659 50514 or email yvonne.barber@atheairts.org.uk and she will be only too happy to help with phone orders of shop stock and café bookings. You can also contact us via our Facebook page  and order from Sanquhar Pattern Designs online via their online shop.

We can assure you we are working behind the scenes to make sure our Centre is running safely and we’re more than aware that the community may desire our full facilities to be open, however, we must think about safety and how we do this without risking peoples’ welfare.  We are following the Scottish Government guidance in terms of health and safety so that the Centre is a safe space to visit and we have enhanced cleaning in place, personal protective equipment, and are using physical distancing measures to ensure your safety when visiting us and the safety of our staff and volunteers.

Please keep following us on Facebook or look in the windows for updates for more online activities and Centre updates. As soon as things change we will keep you informed. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Regards Yvonne Barber (Centre Manager)

Today we are 10 years old at A’ the Airts, and what better way to celebrate than with our community engagement with the local children. 🎂🥳

Check out our Victorian themed Christmas windows, the decorations made by Sanquhar and Kelloholm Primary Schools.

Winners of the Victorian themed Christmas card competition are;

Kelloholm Primary – Gabi Finlay P7

Sanquhar Primary – Alistair Innes P6

Home Educated – Lily Owens age 10

Thank you to all the students that entered. Please see the following posts of all of your entries, it was a difficult choice to pick the winner. Thank you to our judges; Shaun McNeil and Ann Leitch

Victorian Christmas Card Competition 2020

Here is how to take part in A’ the Airts Christmas card competition this year.

Please click on this video link to hear Kathleen tell you what it is all about or read below for entry details. Thanks to Merz for filming and Kathleen for her introduction.


Competition is open to all of the young people of Upper Nithsdale, and entry closes 20th November 2020. To enter, pick up a free copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens from A’ the Airts Community Centre reception desk, or from your class teacher and create a Victorian themed Christmas card using that story as inspiration. Drop the completed work into A’ the Airts reception (please remember to wear your facemask) or take a photo and send to A’ the Airts Community Art Centre Facebook page. The winner will receive a £25 gift card and their artwork published into printed cards for the Centre’s craft shop. Good luck everyone, we cannot wait to see your wonderful creative talents. If you need any further information do not hesitate to speak to us on 01659 50514 or mail Yvonne at yvonne.barber@atheairts.org.uk

AGM Wednesday 25th November 2020

All members and friends of A’ the Airts are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Upper Nithsdale Arts and Crafts Community Initiative Limited. Which will take place within 8-12 High Street, Sanquhar, DG4 6BL via Zoom, this is due to Covid-19 and the Government rules around social distancing.  If you would like to attend the meeting please let us know by contacting us at contact@atheairts.org.uk with your email address before the 16th of November. The meeting will take place on 25th of November 2020 at 5pm to conduct the undernoted business:

  1. To receive the Chairman’s report.
  2. To receive the report of The Directors and statement of accounts for the year 31st of March 2020.
  3. To appoint Directors to replace William Waugh, Fiona Najder and Andrew Williamson. All are eligible for re-election.
  4. To authorise The Directors to appoint accountants and fix their remuneration.

By Order of the Board

Mr K McLean



  1. A member of the company is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend/vote in place of him/her. A proxy must not be a member of a company.        
  2. The accounts are available at 8-12 High Street, Sanquhar, DG4 6BL from week commencing 16th of November.

Yvonne Barber (Centre Manager)