Spring Fling 2017
Spring Fling Applications for 2018 are now open - visit the Upland opportunities site to apply.
Spring Fling 2017 was another incredible year...
Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studioes 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 visual art and craft events. The 2016 event took place from the 27 - 29 May when carefully selected Artists & Makers opened their doors to visitors showcasing their work throughout the Dumfries and Galloway area.
The open studios event is produced by Upland CIC as its annual flagship event, bringing around 30,000 unique visitors to D&G across its's three days and more than £1.5 million to the region economy.
Spring Fling 2017 has been and gone! 93 artists and makers opened their studios to the public, offering insights, exclusives, demonstrations and the opportunity to buy directly from the studio. The open studio weekend celebrated arts and crafts in Dumfries and Galloway, a region with a recognised high number of high quality artists and makers. Joining these local artists were a handful of artists and makers from neighbouring regions (through our Neighbour Scheme) and those with links to Spring Fling and/or the region (through the Springback Scheme).
To find the full directory of this year's participants, click here.
Accompanying the open studios was an array of arts programming designed to promote and enhance both the visitors and the participating artists experience of the event. This year we were very pleased to present our Flagship exhibition Outpost | Spring Fling at New Brewery Arts which was held in partnership with New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. This exhibition focused on the Applied Arts and has been curated by representatives from New Brewery Arts and the Craft Council England. The exhibition ran from 25th March - 14th May 2017. For information on New Brewery Arts you can visit their website www.newbreweryarts.org.uk Find out more about the exhibition here.
To celebrate 15 years of Spring Fling, we partnered with Gracefield Arts Centre to host an exhibition from private and public collections by artists and makers who have taken part in Spring Fling over the last 15 years. Collected: 15 Years of Spring Fling celebrated the open studio event from a visitor's perspective, looking at where works are now, how they have shaped people's lives and homes and highlighting the special relationships built between artist and collector. This anniversary exhibition ran from the 22nd April - 12th May 2017.
Please note, these exhibitions are now closed.
We were also delighted to present a public art commission for this year's event, EDGE. Find out about EDGE here.
Many artists and businesses in D&G offer 10% off all year round to Friends of Spring Fling. To receive exclusive benefits and information about 2018's event as it becomes available, why not become a Friend of Spring Fling? For more information on benefits and how to become a Friend of Spring Fling, click here.
(Please note: Spring Fling membership runs from March 2017 - March 2018 and will be up for renewal in 2018)
Image by Colin Tennant