Associated Upland Projects


**Spring Fling has been and gone. Information on the 2019 event will be available in due course. Sign up to the mailing list for updates**

Upland has a year-round programme which includes exhibitions, projects and professional development. Spring Fling is our leading annual event.

We are delighted to showcase some of our other projects in association with this year's event. Here are a few Upland projects happening during Spring Fling and throughout summer 2018.


Wigtown Book Festival Residency

Upland is delighted to continue working with the Wigtown Book Festival to present this two-part residency enabling an artist to create work during the festival which is then presented at Spring Fling.

In 2017 photographer Laura Hudson Mackay began a collaborative project supported by Upland between photographers and storytellers based in Scotland and Morocco. The Confluence project looks to bridge cultures and highlights common links within the Arabian and Celtic storytelling traditions.

Taking part in the project alongside Laura are Celtic Storyteller Anne Errington, based in Dumfries and Galloway, photographer El Houssain Belabbes and Moroccan Storyteller Mehdi El Ghaly, both based in Marrakech, Morocco.

During the Wigtown Book Festival, 2017 the Confluence group continued their research, interacting with visitors and participants sharing traditional stories and gathering new ones. You can see the new work created as a result at Laura’s studio during the weekend.

For more information on Confluence, visit the Upland project page here. Information on Laura's Spring Fling studio here.

Image by Colin Hattersley


Coast to Coast

This is a joint exhibition for which printmakers from Dumfries & Galloway (Members of Upland) and printmakers from Iceland (Members of the Icelandic Printmakers Association) will exhibit work in both countries.

The exhibition will be first shown at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries and then on to Iceland to be exhibited at the Icelandic Printmakers Association in Reykjavik.

> 1st Exhibition:
19th May – 30th June 2018
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland

Find out more on the Upland project page here.

Image by Silvana McLean


Artful Migration

Artful Migration is a residency programme being developed by Upland in partnership with Ginnie Wollaston of Moving Souls Dance along with support from WWT Caerlaverock and the RSPB. 

Upland is pleased to have appointed visual artist Angela Alexander Lloyd as the first Artful Migration Artist in Residence. Angela will be resident at WWT Caerlaverock between November 2017-March 2018. Angela’s work will be exhibited at the WWT from late April and she will be present at the site on Saturday 26th May.

Find out more on the Upland project page here.

Image by Angela Alexander-Lloyd


Main image: Laura Hudson Mackay