“Phong cảnh và lễ hội Scotland” was the headline on the BBC gallery of Spring Fling photography for its Vietnamese news service. This (my computer tells me) translates as “Scottish scenery and festivals”. It was just one example of how far afield the work of Phil McMenemy, Ted Leeming & Morag Paterson, Allan Wright, Kim Ayres and Roger Lever has now been seen thanks to the global reach of the Beeb’s web service. You can read about them in Persian and Arabic too.
This is my second year doing the PR for Spring Fling and, as ever, it’s full of fascinating and colourful stories. Some make quite a splash – for example the five pages in D&G Life devoted to the 25 new artists and makers taking part this year, followed by five more in the May issue about Spring Fling at Lochinch Castle. Others are small, but delightful, taking the message to specialist audiences. One of my favourites (which will hopefully appear in an apiary magazine) is about how Janina Harrower keeps bees but never paints them, while Leo Blamire doesn’t have them, even though the bee has become an artistic trademark.
Something I particularly enjoy about Spring Fling is the sheer variety of projects that people get involved with. Sarah Keast has a truly intriguing commission from an author and historian to create a piece commemorating the whaling ship Abram which was destroyed by Arctic ice 150 years ago.
It’s been a pleasure talking to Spring Flingers about their work, and getting to meet a fair few of them at events like the launch of the pop up taster exhibition at Gracefield. I’m pleased that this year’s exhibition is having a lengthy tour – first to Stranraer (until 11 May) and then Annan Museum (18 May to 15 June). It does a great job of showing off the diversity among Spring Flingers – the marvelous sculpture of metal flowers by Adam Booth appealed to me, as did Lucianne Lassale’s bronze Eve.
But what interests me most – the legacy of more than 20 years as a journalist and PR – are the stories behind the art and the artists. I enjoyed finding out about Colin Blanchard’s involvement in country sports, Michael Clark’s links to the Ryder Cup and Joanne Kaar’s string dogs.
There’s not long to go now before the Spring Fling weekend, and media coverage is going very well, but I’m still on the lookout for unusual stories. So, if there are any Spring Fling artists out there with a tale that would interest the newspapers please just give me a call or drop me an email.
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