The In the Artists’ Footsteps project is managed by the Cultural Services department of Dumfries and Galloway Council. It began in 2002, and European grant funding was obtained through the Leader+ scheme. Initial research was undertaken in 2003, and website design, construction and acquisition of content took place in 2004 and 2005. The site was launched in January 2006.
Many people were, and are, involved in the project, but particular thanks must go to Dr David Steel. He came forward with the original idea, conducted most of the research and has been extremely generous with his time and support for In the Artists’ Footsteps throughout. Margery and Alan Wilkins have helped with artists from the east of the region. Other helpers include Beryl Moultrie, Haig Gordon, all at Bourne Fine Art in Edinburgh, Emily Hope Thomson at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Shona Corner at the National Gallery of Scotland, Winnie Tyrell at Glasgow Museums, Niamh Conlon and Katherine Shearer at Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Joanna Soden at the Royal Scottish Academy, Michael McGuinness at the Smith Art Gallery, Stirling, Robin Rodger at Perth Art Gallery, Ian O’Riordan at the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Bruce Morgan at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, Kathleen Ramage at the Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Ann Dulau at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Neil Duncan at the McGill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas, Valerie Sadler at the Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright, Maureen Briggs at the High Street Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Andrew Martin at the National Museums of Scotland, Imogen Gibbon at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, All at the Witt Library, Helen Rawson at the University of St Andrews, Ann Jones at Heriot- Watt University, Niki Pollock at Glasgow University, Logan Sisley at Edinburgh College of Art, W J C Henderson, Euan Robson MSP, Gwen Yarker at the National Maritime Museum, Judy Lindsay at Dorset County Museum, Melanie Gardner at Tullie House Museum, Jim Allan at Broughton House and Jim Bell, Steve Kirkpatrick and all at weesleekit, Moffat, Allan Scott and all at CMS, Twynholm, Kirkcudbright. Our thanks go to all of the above and of course to everybody else who has helped.