About Us

Scotland’s premier Art and Craft open studios event.

Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.

Dumfries and Galloway; inspiring, vibrant and buzzing with creativity is a well recognised as a haven for artists and makers and Spring Fling has helped put the region on the national and international cultural map. Between 2003 and 2014 Spring Fling has attracted over 100,000 visitors who have made almost 300,000 studio visits. Over 12 years £1.8 million of art and craft had been bought in studios and the event has brought over £8.5 million to the local economy.

Between 90 - 100 professional artists and makers throw open the doors to their studios for three days over the late May bank holiday weekend, offering visitors the chance to get behind the scenes of artistic practice, experience artists and makers demonstrating and explaining their processes and inspirations and have the opportunity to buy a piece of art direct from the artist. Each studio experience is unique, every artist is different but each will offer a meaningful insight into the inner workings of an artist’s life.

In addition to the core event, over the Spring Fling weekend visitors can enjoy a number of extra events and happenings such as Couch; Spring Fling Rural Mural (SFRM); Spring Shows, a series of local, national and international exhibitions; Spring Out, a series of evening music, performance events. And visitors can studio hop the green way on one of the Spring Fling Bus Tours, Bike Rides or Walking Tours. 

In Autumn 2015 Spring Fling CIC evolved into Upland CIC, a bold, ambitious, world-class, rural-based visual art and craft development organisation with Spring Fling remaining as its Flagship Event. Upland presents a year round programme of arts and crafts development opportunities. More information on Upland's projects and management can be found at www.weareupland.com

 

Upland is registered in Scotland as a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee No. SC350101
Registered office. Gracefield Arts Centre. 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries. DG1 1JQ



Upland is delighted to work with media partner, Dumfries & Galloway Life in the promotion of Spring Fling Open Studios 2017.