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Community Art Centre Update | A’ The Airts

In line with current Scottish government restriction, we are CLOSED.

To enquire about items in our craft shop please contact us via Facebook messenger or email contact@atheairts.org.uk

To enquire about Sanquhar knitting please contact us via Instagram or Facebook

Please keep following us on social media 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)


Sanquhar knitted scarf appears on BBC’s The Terror

SOURCE: Nithsdale Times issue CV5/21 11th March 2021
SOURCE: KKS News issue 135 18th March 2021

A’ the Airts presents Puppet Animation Festival 2021

We hope to have some live shows when restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, check out the wonderful Puppet Animation Festival shows. @puppetanimascot 🎭 They are just magical.
5 – 17 April 2021
The UK’s longest running performing arts event for families is back, offering young people the chance to discover, escape and create this Easter. Experience puppetry performances, workshops and animated films from the comfort of your own home throughout the Easter holidays.

This will be the 3rd year of the Sanquhar Garden Trail. The event will be regulated by the Government Guidance that will be in place at the time. If you would like your garden to be part of the trail, then contact the email address on the poster. Stay safe everyone, and let’s hope this event can go ahead in the summer.

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)