MERZ Reconstruction & Fabrication

    MERZ is located in the former lemonade factory in Sanquhar while ZIPStudio, Museum of Model Art and art-houses occupy the site of the former abattoir: once derelict and neglected sites within 100m of the town’s historic Tolbooth Museum.

    MERZ was set up by the artist and filmmaker David Rushton and the Institute of Local Television. ILT is a not-for-profit company, a social enterprise limited by guarantee. Founded in 1989 the Institute developed policy initiatives around local and locally accountable TV and now runs to provide arts-news throughout Scotland with several related .tv channels on a variety of scales, including,, and

    In Sanquhar MERZ manages and contributes to Facebook Pages in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway supporting news clips by and for 7-12 year olds on Nith.TV as well as local arts and cultural events on Discover Upper Nithsdale: What’s going on?

    MERZ is supported by an Advisory Panel of local residents and artists who together help develop local and incoming arts and cultural initiatives to engage through enquiry and regeneration with the communities of Upper Nithsdale.

    MERZ’s objective is to re-use and recast narratives exploring reconstruction and fabrication in the arts.

    MERZ draws as a metaphor on Kurt Schwitters’ assemblages and the conceptual and protagonistic approach of Analytical Art and the early Art & Language.

    MERZ provides residency accommodation for artists and authors including workshop and exhibition space providing filmed exposition of work/ideas for TV, social media or archive.

    MERZ offers a hub for touring, swapping and exchanging art-as-idea among artists, collectives, progressive galleries supporting the virtual as well as the physical visitor.

    MERZ Gallery,
    Queens Road,
    DG4 6DH

    Tel: 07906 692 506


    How to reach MERZ

    By train

    • From London via Carlisle to Sanquhar
    • From Glasgow to Sanquhar

    By plane

    • Nearest airport Glasgow

    By car

    • A76