Culture24: Dumfries and Galloway artists bid to go national in £3,000 Spring Fling Kickstarter

20th August 2013

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A bid by studios across the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, aiming to take some of the area’s best artists to a triumvirate of big city exhibitions by raising £3,000, is calling for supporters’ backing during the final eight days of the campaign.

An image of a painting of three gulls surrounding a lighthouse
Art fans in Glasgow, Liverpool and London could see more works by Ailsa Black if a Kickstarter campaign succeeds

Spring Fling normally showcases open studios to thousands of visitors each May. But curators, who have reached £1,150 towards their target so far, are hoping to lead a tour to Glasgow, Liverpool and London if they raise the money by August 28.

“The appeal is off to a great start,” said Leah Black, the Spring Fling manager.

“But it’s all or nothing, so if we don’t raise the full £3,000 by the deadline we get nothing.

“The planned exhibitions would be a great way to promote Dumfries and Galloway and the talent of its arts community. 

“By building on the region’s reputation as a centre for the arts we can bring in more visitors to stay and enjoy our beautiful landscape and the warm hospitality of our towns and villages.”

The campaign is being run through the increasingly widespread medium of Kickstarter, the site allowing fans to back a project in return for personalised rewards.

Donations of more than £3 stand to receive oil paintings, handmade glass, tea bowls, drawings and weaving classes among numerous thoughtful goodies being offered by the artists and galleries involved.

The potential exhibitions will take place at Glasgow’s Lighthouse, The Biscuit Factory on Tyneside and a commercial gallery in London next year.