PRESS RELEASE : Meet Three Unconventional Artists for the Spring Fling Beer + Blethers

15th May 2012

Join unconventional artists Alice Francis, Matt Baker and Tim Taylor for the Spring Fling Beer + Blethers. It’s an evening of relaxed chat on the brewing of creative ideas and processes.

The event takes place from 7-9pm on Friday, 1 June at Sulwarth Brewery, 209 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DT. Beer + Blethers is free but places are limited and need to be booked in advance Places can be reserved at or by calling 01387 213 218.

About the artists

● Alice Francis will talk about her forthcoming project to wrap the entire outside of a traditional Galloway cottage in floral stretch fabric. The temporary piece of public art has been commissioned by Creative Scotland as part of Dumfries and Galloway’s highly successful annual Spring Fling open studios arts and crafts event.

Alice was chosen by the organisers because of her unfailing talent for producing entertaining and thought-provoking work. In the past she has taken part in some delightful pieces of performance, including one where she dressed as a pink rabbit and vacuum cleaned local woodlands, in a gentle send-up of domesticity. In another she quietly travelled through the Dumfries and Galloway countryside polishing the white lines in the middle of the roads.

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● Spanning drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and performance – Tim Taylor's work celebrates the commonplace both as subject and material. Everyday stuff such as soap, sand, red wine, salt and shower screens are used to effect transformations in appearance, meaning and scale.

In recent years Tim has swum Edinburgh’s chlorinated river of public and private pools from the hills to the sea in a day, walking between them in sandals and robe; installated 26 permanent works throughout a new, award-winning Glasgow health centre, and is constructing every water tower photographed by celebrated German photographers Hilla and Bernd Becher out of matchsticks.

Tim will talk about his 2009 Spring Fling/WASPS residency in Kirkcudbright - the result of which was work installed throughout the ground and first floors of Claverhouse, a dwelling-turned-office, to mark its impending transformation to artist's studios. His work drew on Kirkcudbright's early maritime history and its later popularity with Scottish artists notably the Glasgow Boys and Jessie M King.

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● Matt Baker is a public artist based in D&G, working on projects nationally and internationally. He is recognised for his ability to create unlikely partnerships between people, place and artists – to engage creatively with issues of identity and imagined futures.

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About Spring Fling

• Spring Fling runs from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June.

• Some 76 artists and craft makers are taking part and visitors will be able to see, and buy, a diverse range of outstanding items spanning painting and photography, jewellery and textiles, glass, ceramics and furniture.

• All of the studios taking part open daily from 10.30am to 5pm and free to visit.

• For full details of the programme and the artists, makers and designers taking part, see the website at .


About Creative Scotland

• Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.

• Its vision is that Scotland will be recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured; a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population.

• The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and is a chance to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland.

• More information about the programme can be found at:

• The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

Media information

• Free-to-use pictures of Alice (which should be credited to Colin Tennant) are available at:


• For enquiries, interviews etc. contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or Ellen Drummond Ferroni on 07801 820757

• A backgrounder with additional details on Spring Fling accompanies this release.

• Other free-to-use images are available from the Spring Fling website.