PRESS RELEASE: Just Seven Days Left in Drive to Raise Funds to Take Spring Fling National

21st August 2013


Scotland’s top open studios visual art and craft event hopes to show off region’s talent in London, Glasgow and Newcastle 


Spring Fling has just one week to go in its bid to raise £3,000 to stage special exhibitions in three major UK cities.

Backers have already pledged around £1,150 towards the project which is being run on a crowdfunding basis, which allows people to donate to causes they support and to receive exciting rewards.

Spring Fling is Scotland’s leading open studios event and each year attracts thousands of visitors to the region, helping promote it as a great visitor destination and a centre of creativity.

The exhibitions would raise awareness of the region’s artists among a far wider audience and would hopefully benefit the local economy by attracting yet more people to the annual open studios event.

Leah Black, Spring Fling manager, said: “The appeal is off to a great start – 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 in Glasgow, Newcastle and London 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.”

If the money can be raised by 28 August there are rewards available for donations of £3 to £1,000. These range from badges, posters and special invitations to original artworks such as:

  • Mounted, framed and signed open edition fine art print by Kevan McGinty
  • Oil painting on card by Steven Higginson 'Algarve Rocks' 
  • 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



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.