Creative Coathanger Galashiels

Creative CoathangerCreative Coathanger is a new concept which will showcase creativity in the Scottish Borders.

The region has a rich creative history and thriving contemporary community of artists, craft makers, musicians, poets, sculptors, designers, architects etc.

This includes the world renowned fashion and textile design school at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels, and some of the world’s most famous textile mills.

Creative Coathanger Galashiels is a festival of everything creative.

Events will cover a broad range of activities:

  • 3D arts like sculpture and carving, buildings, outdoor space and public art
  • 2D arts like painting, drawing, photography, printing, design and books
  • Makers, doers and performers, including fashion, film, music and interactive

We are also hoping to make the Galashiels town centre unrecognsiable for the weekend, and will be inviting all shops and businesses to get involved in the event. We want to see empty shops and outdoor spaces turned into space for artists, designers and makers to exhibit, host pop-up studios and art installations, makers demonstrations and markets.


Saturday 24th September - Sunday 9th October 2016

The festival runs from Saturday 24th September to Sunday 9th October 2016.

There will be a concentration of activities during the first weekend in October (Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October) but we hope to get lots of events happening in the weeks either side.

Most events will be taking place in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, with some events being held in the neighbouring towns of Selkirk and Hawick. Galashiels is 33 miles south of Edinburgh and 74 miles north of Newcastle.