PRESS RELEASE: Backers Offered Artworks to Help Spring Fling Go National in 2014

9th August 2013

For immediate use                                     09/08/2013


Backers Offered Artworks to Help Spring Fling Go National in 2014

Scotland’s top open studios visual art and craft event in funding drive for exhibitions in London, Glasgow and Newcastle 


Spring Fling has launched a 20-day crowdfunding drive to raise £3,000 to stage special exhibitions in three major UK cities.

Backers are being offered a host of rewards, including work by some of the finest artists and makers in Dumfries and Galloway, in return for their support.

Each year Spring Fling, which is Scotland’s leading open studios visual art and craft event, attracts around 10,000 visitors from Britain and abroad.

Spring Fling hopes to celebrate its 12th year with special exhibitions in London, Glasgow and Newcastle which will showcase work by some of Dumfries and Galloway’s best artists and makers for a whole new audience.

Hazel Campbell, artist and chair of Spring Fling, said: “It’s a long-held dream of ours to spread our wings and through this campaign will help us achieve that goal.

“Dumfries and Galloway is absolutely oozing with talent in everything from painting, photography and ceramics to jewellery, furniture-making and textiles.

“If we can raise £3,000 by 28 August we can showcase what the region has to offer across the UK – and that in turn could attract more visitors to our beautiful region in south-west Scotland.

“The idea has already got a fantastic level of support, with artists and galleries all offering special rewards to people who make a donation.”

There are rewards available for donations of £3 to £1,000. These range from badges, posters and special invitations to original artworks such as:

  • Handmade glass by Amanda Simmons
  •  Slip trail wood fired mugs by Hannah McAndrew
  • A photograph by Phil McMenemy
  • A lovely tea bowl by ceramicist Andy Priestman
  • Prints by Ailsa Black, Val Macadam, Colin and Heather Blanchard
  • A Joyce Woodcock scarf
  • A drawing by Gary Craig
  • Original painting by Angela Lawrence
  • Full day willow weaving class with Geoff Forrest
  • A place on a five day painting course with Hazel Campbell
  • Limited edition publications from the Lighthouse
  • Special rewards offered by the Biscuit Factory

The exhibitions will act as tasters – showing examples of work by a selection of the artists and makers who will be taking part in the main weekend event which runs from 24 to 26 May.

The first will be at The Lighthouse in Glasgow next January/February, the second will be at The Biscuit Factory, Newscatle in March/April. Discussions are also underway with a commercial gallery in London.

Spring Fling’s purpose is to promote artists and makers, giving them opportunities to develop their work and wider skills. This May’s event was the biggest ever, with 93 artists and makers taking part.

To see what’s on offer and make a donation go to the Kickstarter site at

Kickstarter is an innovative and successful way of raising money for arts projects and works on an all-or-nothing basis, so if less than £3,000 is pledged by the closing date Spring Fling won’t receive anything at all.



Notes for editors

● Spring Fling is a Community Interest Company. The core event is funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council. The Springboard Project is funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust. Additional projects are funded by Creative Scotland and The Galloway Association of Glasgow. The Trigony House Hotel are the 2013 Prize Draw sponsors. To find out more visit

● The Lighthouse is Scotland’s National Centre for Design & Architecture:

● The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s biggest independent commercial gallery:


Media information  

● Contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at

● Free-to-use pictures are available on request.