We are open again... 

please note, our website is undergoing a facelift so please contact us via facebook or phone



Frenchic paint now available in store




Artroom friends and family have been creating our collaborative piece of fabulous jigsaw art


our little ones have been enjoying busy bugs online, please visit our facebook page for story videos




 We are delighted to share our latest                                                   Opening hours

     award from scottish tourism                                                          Monday           closed

                                                                                                               Tuesday          10am - 4pm

                                           Wednesday     10am - 4pm

                                           Thursday         10am - 4pm

                                           Friday              10am - 4pm

                                           Saturday          10am - 4pm

                                           Sunday             closed








The Art Room within The Old School is situated in the former Saint Andrews Primary in Dumfries which is located in the south-west of Scotland. Our story began in 2012 with Rachel Speedie who opened the art room in the former staff room of this beautiful building. However it soon became apparent that space was somewhat limited and we needed a bigger venue. And as a result the art room moved to a bigger area located within the same building; which actually turned out to be the schools actual art room!!

in 2014 Emma Fisher joined the team and began her role mainly delivering art clubs for 5-11years and preparing materials in the creative workspace, whilst running a busy family home with 6 children at home and studying for a business/arts degree.

In 2017 Rachel took the massive decision to sell the art room and follow a dream of teaching art in schools, so went on to teacher training and loves it!

Emma bought the business from Rachel and grew it to what it is today. It's very much a family affair now. Since his retirement Emma's husband, john, helps deliver busy bugs (our baby art club) and our after school clubs, he's a dab hand with the biscuit tin.Their youngest son helps with Saturday morning clubs and other family members pop in and out to help in the shop. Theres always a "Fisher" somewhere within  the Art room!




In this "Aladdin's Cave" of a gift & craft shop we offer handmade products by local, national & international makers as well as a large range of unique & unusual gifts sourced from across the globe.  All treasures are complimented by The Art Room's vast windows & natural light, and The Old School's special original features.

Similarly, The Art Room Gallery exhibits the work of local, national & international artists, flowing throughout the whole of The Old School building - from it's glass-roofed balcony down to it's large-walled, grand main foyer. 

We offer art for all and an eclectic gift & craft shop, art gallery with seasonal exhibition programme, & lively creative workshops programmes for ages 9 months plus.

 A vibrant seasonal exhibition programme welcomes ever-changing collections of artwork to Dumfries & Galloway.

For any keen art participants there's creative workshops programmes for ages 9 months plus!  The popular Busybug programme offers messy & creative play sessions for under 5s, the after-school & Saturday morning workshops busy 5 - 11 year olds with a broad spectrum of art & crafts, the 12 - 18's programme is for any budding young artists amongst us, and the adults' programme ranges from evening classes to full-day workshops in anything from willow weaving to Trichinopoly (Viking Knitting!)! see our workshop page in the menu above for further information.

Prices start from 20 pence so there really is something to suit all budgets at The Art Room within The Old School. 








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