CAMPLE LINE is an independent arts organisation based rurally in south west Scotland.

We are located at Cample Mill, 15 miles north of Dumfries, and you will find us in a building that was once part of row of millworkers cottages.

Since we were established in late 2016, we have developed a public programme that includes exhibitions, screenings, readings, workshops, events and outreach projects.

Through our public activity we have been able to reach and engage wide-ranging audiences and participants. It is important to us that through our programme we amplify a diversity of voices, places and experiences and promote equality. 

We are very mindful of our location and the place we are in, and even though our programme connects to all corners of the globe, our aim is that it can offer perspectives, experiences, creative opportunities and ways to participate as positive benefits to those around us.

We don’t do this alone. We ourselves benefit from the skills of a wide range of local contributors, from our neighbouring joinery firm to the creatives based in our region or those working at our local Academy, and they help us achieve the best standards of presentation and the quality of engagement and experience – for the artists as well as for our audiences – that we possibly can.

We see what we do as a product of our place – our programme is in its own way very much an expression of where we are.

‘Down a single-track lane with no lighting, in a village consisting of a dozen or so houses, is not where you might expect to find a cutting-edge contemporary art centre’

Tom Jeffreys, Is the Countryside the Future of the Art World?

Learn more about our mission  

Our mission is to

Be an organisation that is distinctive and independent, whilst being firmly rooted in our place;

Increase access to and enjoyment of contemporary arts in a rural setting;

Develop a programme that is international in its scope and can resonate locally;

Support artists, filmmakers and creative practitioners to make new work, and to bring new work in to the public realm;

Build and develop audiences for artists and filmmakers working internationally today;

Be an effective partner with educational, community and cultural organisations, and a trusted contributor to our local communities and economies;

Contribute to the cultural offer of the Nithsdale Area and to Dumfries & Galloway region, and to high quality programming in Scotland.

Read our Statement on Anti-Racism

CAMPLE LINE stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with those rejecting racism and demanding justice and social change. 

We recognise that structural racism is deeply rooted within our society and remains endemic, including within the arts sector, and we acknowledge the inequalities it produces for Black people and for those who are from Asian and minority ethnic communities. 

Indeed, the insidious consequences of structural racism for individuals, families and communities and their traumatic impacts have been all too apparent in recent weeks and months. 

There is an urgent need for systemic and lasting change, and we are committed to doing our share and to taking actions within our own organisation to bring these about.   

Though we are a relatively new organisation, we have committed to building a public programme around visual arts, film and literature that amplifies a wide diversity of voices, places and experiences and promotes equality, with a particular focus on non-dominant narratives and communities, both within the UK and internationally. 

We recognise, however, that even within our short track record, there are imbalances and omissions in representation within our programme and our organisation, and that as such we contribute to rather than challenge longstanding inequalities as well as their impacts. 

As we continue to develop CAMPLE LINE, we will challenge ourselves and make changes within our own organisation and work with others to combat racism and inequality.

To do this, we are taking time to educate ourselves as an organisation on anti-racism, and we are examining how structural racism materialises within our own work, organisation and sector. 

As we do so, we are identifying ways that we can support, donate to, and actively engage with organisations that work directly to effect change, eradicate racism and alleviate its impacts.

Within this process we will articulate our commitments to anti-racism, equality and diversity, and set out the actions we will take to put these into practice in all aspects of what we do, how we work, who we work with, and who we reach and include. We will share these via our website by September. 

In the meantime, we would welcome a wider conversation with our neighbours and surrounding communities and audiences on anti-racism, equality and diversity. Below we list some of the resources that are helping us to steer our own learning and guide our next steps.

Learn more about our aims 

Over 2020-2022, we will

Continue evolving a programme that is wide-ranging, ambitious and thought-provoking; internationally informed and connected to the wider world; and approachable, locally relevant and meaningful;

Continue building and engaging the widest audiences through our programme, reaching and attracting members of our local communities; visitors travelling from further afield; remote audiences via our digital platforms; young people who can participate with our venue, our programme and its delivery;

Continue developing CAMPLE LINE towards a sustainable future, strengthening our operational capacity and developing our team; working towards sustainable financial future; consolidating good governance and an organisational culture that encourages us be ambitious and  think independnently;

Continue to build relationships and collaborations to the benefit of our audiences, strengthening our connection with existing arts provision in the region; developing collaborations with art partners, nationally and internationally; and reinforcing our relationships with our local community councils, education partners, and local estates and organisations.

Read about Lucy’s time with us

Lucy Dale, Young Assistants Programme 2019-2020:

As part of her time at CAMPLE LINE, Lucy undertook regular hours on Friday mornings over autumn 2019 and supported both our audience development work and our outreach programme. 

With support from our team, Lucy researched proposed two relief printing making sessions for junior and senior primary pupils at Wallace Hall Primary. The sessions tied in with the autumn exhibition at CAMPLE LINE, and Lucy participated in delivering four sessions in November and December.

Lucy was also involved in the creation of audience development materials over autumn 2019. Working closely with Tina Fiske and Emma Dove, she researched, scripted and voiced a short narration about a set of relief prints by Claire Barclay that were on display as part of our autumn exhibition. Claire Barclay approved the film and said: ‘Please thank Lucy, Chloe and Emma very much for taking time and care to create the film. It is such a positive project and I hope it sets a precedent.’

Lucy herself has said: ‘I was very happy to participate in the Young Assistants programme as I wanted to become more involved with the work that CAMPLE LINE does. I wanted to gain more skills and knowledge of the artists and artwork shown, and get involved with the workshops … Also to boost my confidence slightly by doing so. And I really think this has happened. I think that the most valuable thing I have taken from this experience is seeing the primary children enjoying the workshops that we recently organised, and that it is such a nice thing to be able to pass the skills that I have also recently learnt and enjoy, to then see them learning and enjoying too. I definitely have gained new skills and I understand in more depth how some of the artists such as Claire Barclay created their works … When I was given the opportunity to be a part of the film about Claire’s work, I not only gained knowledge of Claire and her work but also confidence in something that was really out of my comfort zone … I think it is so important to do things that are out of your comfort zone because you never know what experiences you will gain. So I think this will all help with many opportunities in the future.’

Our exhibitions programme

Since opening in 2017, we have looked to explore how best, through our programme, premises, relationships or location, we can support artists to make solo presentations of new and/or existing work at Cample.

Our screenings programme

Film and screenings play an important role for us in bringing wider audiences to our exhibitions programme. We are committed to the presentation of independent and artists’ film, and to date, we have screened work by a wide range of artists and filmmakers including Miranda Pennell, Corin Sworn, Rania Stephen, Laura Horelli, Fiona Tan, Jem Cohen, Werner Herzog, Margaret Tait, Norman McLaren, Pilvi Takala, Francis Alys, James Benning, Alfredo Jaar, Ang Lee, Bill Morrison, Ben Russell and Filipa Cesar.

Our Young Assistants  programme

Over the period 2017-2019, we received funding from The Holywood Trust to develop and pilot a Young Assistants programme, through which we work with a small group of local young people who support the delivery of CAMPLE LINE’s public programme. In 2019 five young people will support us with our Box Office/ Front of House, exhibition invigilation, programme installation, and documentation.

Our engagement programme

Over 2017-2019, we received funding from D&G Council through DGUnlimited to support engagement and participatory projects at CAMPLE LINE and to undertake outreach projects related to our programme in our local schools. To date we have undertaken projects in three local primary schools and two academies.