PRESS RELEASE: Exclusive offers, product launches, special deals and fabulous art

17th May 2013


Exclusive offers, product launches, special deals and fabulous art

Spring Fling artists guarantee extra fun and bargains for visitors 

The artists have prepared a host of treats for visitors. There are have-a-go sessions, competitions, product launches, special offers, sales and gallery tours not to mention home cooking and the chance to be photographed as Humphrey Bogart.

These are in addition to the exhibitions by each of the makers and artists who will have superb displays of paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, metalwork, furniture, textiles and much more.

All the exhibitors have been specially selected to guarantee high quality. Thousands of visitors from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas, are expected to flock to this year’s Spring Fling.

Leah Black, Spring Fling Manager, said: “There’s an amazing amount to see and do, with all sorts of exclusive special treats and offers. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to what will be the biggest, brightest and most fun Spring Fling so far.

“Whether you are coming for the weekend, and relaxing in our beautiful countryside and enjoying local hospitality, or just having a day out we are sure that you’ll have a great time.”

Listed below are some of the delightful extras that visitors to Spring Fling studios can expect when this year’s event takes place from May 25 to 27:


Launches and previews

  • Be the first to get hold of beautiful hand-printed silk scarves, and other items, from textile artist Laura Perry’s new range which is being launched at Spring Fling. Wallaceton, nr Dunscore.
  • Renowned architectural blacksmith Adam Booth will be launching a “By Piper’s Forge” range of beautifully designed items including fire irons, candlesticks, letter racks and objet d’art. Kirkpatrick Durham.
  • Textile designer Emma Kerr will be launching a new range of silk screen printed T shirts featuring animal and naturalistic designs as part of her Elkbi brand. Kirkcudbright.
  • Acclaimed cabinetmaker Daniel Lacey is previewing a small range of limited edition furniture.  Dr Cat Barlow will also be on hand to talk to people about a project that Daniel supports which aims to revive the biodiversity of Langholm Moor.  Langholm.


Have a go

  • Have a go at creating your own delightful print of Colin Blanchard’s Spring Fling Chicken – a Scots grey seen among harebells. Your own artwork for just £10. Waterbeck, nr Lockerbie.
  • Do a doodle – artist Janina Harrower is opening up her summerhouse for adults and children to have fun doing some drawing of their own. Springholm.
  • Make your own lino cut – Clare Melinsky will have printmaking kit available so visitors can roll ink onto a piece of lino then make a print using her small cast iron press. Tynron.


Portrait photos

  • Photographer Roger Lever will take portrait photos of visitors to his studios as part of the pilot for his fantastic 1000facesscotland project. They can then buy them for just £5. Dalbeattie.
  • Be a star, portrait photographer Kim Ayres will photograph all visitors who would like to join in as Humphrey Bogart and will pin their pictures to the walls of his studio. Buy your own copy for a tenner. Castle Douglas.



  • Win a beautiful original painting by landscape artist Angela Lawrence – the visitor who gets closest to guessing where the picture was painted takes the prize. Castle Douglas. 
  • Take a “Zero Footprint” photo and you could win a bag by US photographic kit company F-Stop. The ZP project involves taking pictures from exactly the same spot outside the Leeming and Paterson studio at different times over a period of years. Glenhoul Brae, nr Dalry. 


Treats and presentations

  • Find out more about the plight of red squirrels – one of our loveliest but most endangered species. John Threlfall will be presenting a specially-created selection of paintings of red squirrels and will also have leaflets available about their plight. Rockcliffe.
  • Enjoy teas, coffees and home baking from a pop-up café while enjoying the work of painter Patti Lean and jewellery maker Alison Macleod. Newtonairds.
  • Landscape artist Anne Butler will have a shed sale of works, to accompany her studio exhibition, and her family will serve afternoon tea in the conservatory. Durisdeer, near Thornhill.
  • Ailsa Black, known for her delightfully light-hearted paintings depicting life in a coastal hamlet, will be offering homemade soup and cake to visitors. Kirkbean.
  • Ceramicist Wendy Kershaw will be doing demonstrations of how she creates her narrative illustrations on porcelain. Kipford, Dalbeattie.
  • Andy Priestman is celebrating 40 years as a ceramicist and will be offering tours round his fabulous purpose-built studios in a Glentrool beauty spot. He will also be having a sale of seconds and old stock Bargrennan, near Newton Stewart.
  • See a slideshow of wildlife artist Keith Brown’s work at various stages – how it all comes together for a beautiful end result. Caerlaverock.

Also, watch out for the special offers and discounts of up to 20% available to members of the Spring Fling Friends scheme – see for details.

Further information about the artists and where to find their studios is available at



Notes for editors

● Spring Fling is ideal for a day trip or for a short break – with lots of delightful small towns, villages and superb coastal areas to stay and enjoy.

● Studios are open daily 10.30am to 5pm during the event and are free to visit.

● The Spring Fling Fringe includes a range of evening events and activities for visitors to enjoy when the studios are closed. These include everything from classical music to a masterclass in artisan pizza making.

Getting around: There are three great alternatives to getting around the studios by car:

  • Six bus tours 
  • Bike tours 
  • Walking tours  

Finding the route: A fold-out map will be available which shows the studios and the fringe locations. There are also seven suggested coloured routes to follow – each provides a great day-long tour of studios and super countryside.

Smartphone app: An updated smartphone app can be downloaded for free so visitors can plot their own routes – choosing where they want to visit by area, name of artist or the type of work they produce.

● 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


Media information  

● Contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at

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