Art & Music Breaks


Join us here in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known nationally as “The Artists Town”.

The story of its artists’ colony is full of examples of artists arriving on a summer painting visit and staying on for the rest of their lives.

The reasons why Kirkcudbright attracted so many painters and became an artists’ colony are not difficult to discern. It was, and remains, perhaps the most attractive small town in Scotland with impressive architecture. There is the High Street with its ancient Tollbooth and the 18th century town houses enlivened by their variously and sometimes eccentrically painted frontages, the myriad colours giving the street an exotic, almost continental, atmosphere. Between the houses are cobbled, crooked wynds, many of which contain artist’s and craftsmen’s studios. McLellan’s Castle an imposing sixteenth century ruin in the middle of the town, dominates the skyline. When E.A.Taylor asked Hornel why he thought Kirkcudbright was so popular with artists he said, “Well, it’s a fine old town and not too big, but big enough to keep you from vegetating.


2015 Painting Holidays at The Selkirk Arms Hotel

with Davy Brown, one of Scotland’s best known Artists


2-Night Art Escapes Winter Still Life breaks

Midweek Winter Still Life Break

Arrive Wednesday 18th Feb, 2 nights fully inclusive, £299

(Non-resident but inclusive of lunch and dinner and all tuition, £215)

Weekend Winter Still Life Break

Arrive Friday 20th Feb, 2 nights fully inclusive, £299

(Non-resident but inclusive of lunch and dinner and all tuition, £215)

APRIL 2015

5-Night Art Escapes Spring Landscape Holiday

Arrive Sunday 12th April for 5 nights fully inclusive, £799

JUNE 2015

4-Night Art Escapes Summer Landscape Holiday

Arrive Sunday 7th June for 4 nights fully inclusive £650


Your Break

Based in Kirkcudbright, Scotland’s Artists’ town, learn the skills which will enable you to capture the essence of the magnificent Galloway landscape or to become an accomplished still life painter under the expert tutelage of Davy Brown and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Selkirk Arms Hotel.

With a balance of professional tutoring and free time to explore the area for yourself, Davy Brown’s Art Escapes provide the perfect combination of learning and creativity with a luxury holiday. A warm welcome is extended to guests of all levels of ability, from the absolute beginner to the more accomplished painter, so no matter what stage you are at you will be given the chance to develop at your own pace in a relaxed and supportive environment.

During your stay you will enjoy learning much about the artistic process all the way from the blank canvas to the finished piece. You will learn how to gather information through thumbnail sketches, pencil drawings, charcoal studies and photographs. Explore composition and how to select and develop an idea using loose media such as charcoal, chalk and pastels, before moving on to explore and apply tonal values and the rules of perspective. As you move towards your finished painting, using either acrylic or oil colour, you will learn how to ‘block in’ before taking your time to enjoy the completion of your final work.

And remember, the emphasis is on developing YOUR personal vision and powers of perception, not on the style or techniques of the teacher.

Easels, desk easels and palettes will be provided. You are asked to bring your own personal choice of brushes and oils or acrylics. These will also be available should you wish at discount prices. Time off to visit the artistic attractions of Kirkcudbright. Every level of competence catered for.

Included in your break

Welcome cocktails and canapés at 6.30pm on the day of arrival, a chance to meet your host Davy Brown and get a full insight of the week ahead.

Dinner at 7.30

Each day thereafter will be:

Breakfast between 7.15am and 9.15am – come down at your leisure and at your own pace

Painting begins in the conference room at 9.45am

Break for a soup and sandwich lunch at 12.45

Free time will be made available during the afternoons if required

Meet again for dinner at 7pm / coffee and daily de brief after dinner 8.30pm 


See & Do