Old Gala House to open its doors for the summer season on Saturday 22 June

Old Gala House opens its doors for the 2024 summer season on Saturday 22 June, with a showcase of four new and exciting exhibitions.

This season is a particularly exciting one, with some major exhibitions and some great events lined up. As ever, the historic house and grounds, themselves, are there to be enjoyed along with the art and museum exhibitions and events, all with free admission.

Phoebe Stewart Assistant Curator for Live Borders Museums and Galleries Said:

“This year’s exhibitions has something for everyone to enjoy. It is lovely to be opening the doors again and welcoming all our visitors old and new back to Old Gala House for 2024.

“This year also sees the opening of an ‘Artisan Gift Shop’ on the ground floor which is filled to the brim with an array of beautiful art and hand-crafted items all created by local artisans, manufacturers and small businesses. This is a great opportunity for people to browse a wide range of wonderful unique arts and craft items, from small tokens to unique gifts for that special someone or just to a treat for yourself.”

The Museum Room showcases “The Prominent Borderer – George Hope Tait” exhibition, that explores a gentleman whose life and influence on art, architecture, journalism, civic legacy, writing and the promotion of Borders heritage and traditions has left a bigger legacy in the town of Galashiels that many will realise.

The Lairds Room,  plays proud host to Borders based artist Ann Louise Kieran with her exhibition ‘else where some where else’ which is an exhibition of drawings, painting, and objects. The placing of which invites the viewer to form a relationship between the individual pieces of art on display.

Artist Ann Louise Kieran said:

“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to show work at Old Gala House. Having moved to The Borders three years ago, it’s my first solo exhibition in the region. Working towards this exhibition has definitely increased an awareness and appreciation of place and given me a stronger sense of belonging here.

Many thanks to Live Borders and to VACMA, who helped to fund the development of new work”.

The Christopher Boyd gallery is taken over by Galashiels Studio Club for their Annual 76th Exhibition of members’ work.  As ever, this is set to be a wonderfully varied show, with something to interest everyone.

We would encourage everyone to visit Old Gala House this season.


Date of opening:            Saturday 22 June

Venue Address:             Old Gala House

Scott Crescent



Opening Hours:             Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:00

5a Bank St, Galashiels, TD1 1EN

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