Sponsor Us


Spring Fling is marketed as a unique opportunity for the public to visit artists and makers in their studios, see how they work and buy or commission artwork. With this year's Spring Fling just passed, we are still collecting the data, so the following relates to last year - our most successful year to date!

In 2016 there were 40,549 studio visits equating to 13,516 unique visitors with sales across all studios over the weekend totalling £216,000­­. The event contributed over £1.5million to the local economy in 2016, making it the most successful year to date. Spring Fling team is committed to operating an effective press and marketing campaign to attract visitors to the region for the Spring Fling weekend and to raise awareness of the event amongst local residents – 51% of our visitors come from the rest of the UK and beyond.

With national exhibitions in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Berlin and Spring Fling Rural Mural gaining national press profile, in 2016 we achieved national and local coverage valued at £121,744.63, reaching over 3 million audience. It is anticipated that the Spring Fling 2017 press strategy will include a regional press and media campaign, advertising in specialist arts press and coverage in national newspapers and magazines.

2017 Marketing Campaign

18,000 Brochures

Printed in February 2017 and distributed to ‘Friends of Spring Fling’, to postage paid requests through the website and through tourist information centres, libraries, museums, galleries, recommended venues and accommodation providers.

25,000 Fold Out Maps

Distributed to our over 5000 strong UK mailing list along similar lines, as well as among relevant outlets across Scotland, the North of England and further afield in the UK and appropriate arts mailings outside the region

Press & Media

Locally and nationally – in 2016 we had press coverage in places such as The Times, Reporting Scotland, BBC Good Morning Scotland, The Scotsman, The Herald, ITV News, and The Scotland on Sunday and Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine.


Web profile for each Spring Fling Artist

Monthly email newsletters to 5000 mailing list

Social Media

Marketing campaign using primarily Facebook, Instagram & Twitter (@spring_fling) This is regularly linked up with the Spring Fling website and individual artists websites, artist social network profiles. At 22/09 we have 2700 Twitter followers, 1590 Facebook fans and 400 followers on Instagram (this account was set up for the 2015 event).


Sponsorship Opportunities

Prize Draw

Cash prizes for the visitors prize draw where they can win a voucher to spend in studios and in-kind offers of dining/sleeping experiences – 700 visitors enter each year so this is a great way to get involved. THe 2017 sponsor is Annandale Distillery, last year Mabie House Hotel.


Public Art

More information on the 2018 Public Art project coming soon!

In 2016 we had Spring Fling Rural Mural – a large scale project that saw 3 murals painted across the region and 3 out with in Glasgow, Newcastle and Berlin. This achieved great international coverage!

Bus Tours

We run a number of local bus tours taking visitors around the various studio routes and the Rural Murals - we are looking for local route sponsors, or for a regional sponsor.


National / International

We have a variety of upcoming national and international projects that you could be involved in! Previous projects include exhibitions, public art, residencies and youth work. More information will be coming soon!


Youth Development

We run a number of youth projects, mentoring, heritage craft training, school design competitions, work in schools and are looking for a youth sponsor.



Our brochure and map and collectable and are our most powerful marketing tool -  we are now looking for a print sponsor to sponsor the Spring Fling 2018 brochure! This is an incredible opportunity to support the arts across the whole of D&G


Local Events & Exhibitions

For 2016 we ran an exhibition at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and celebrated our 15 year anniversary at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries – we are interested in speaking to local sponsors



The Benefits to Sponsors: We are open to discussing these on an individual basis to enable us to create a bespoke package with interested sponsors. To discuss get in touch with Joanna Macaulay, Events & Exhibitions Manager – joanna@weareupland.com

2018 Brochure