PRESS RELEASE: Spring Fling at the Lighthouse

28th November 2013

                                 Spring Fling at The Lighthouse

Design excellence from rural Dumfries and Galloway comes to Glasgow for the start of 2014


An exhibition of work by leading Dumfries and Galloway designers and makers opens in January at The Lighthouse, in Glasgow.

D&G|OUT will feature pieces by 18 ceramicists, jewellers, textile designers, printmakers and others with a national and international profile. Among them are glassmaker Amanda Simmons and potter Andy Priestman.

All are either based in Dumfries and Galloway, a large rural area of south-west Scotland, or have their roots in the area.

The exhibition is produced by Spring Fling, Scotland’s leading visual art and craft open studio event.

What: D&G|OUT – exhibition of quality Dumfries and Galloway craft and design

Where: The Review Gallery, The Lighthouse , 11 Mitchell Lane,  Glasgow, G1 3NU

When: Friday, January 31 to Saturday, 22 February

Times: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.00pm, Sundays noon to 5pm

Price: Free

A public preview with talks by designers Morag Macpherson and Suzi Plunkett takes place on Thursday, 30, January from 6pm to 8pm. Music and refreshments provided. Free but booking is required at

A series of talks and workshop is programmed for early February alongside the exhibition. Corsock-based glass artist Amanda Simmons will discuss her residency in the Highlands and her involvement in SOFA Art and Design fair in Chicago earlier this year. Ceramicist Wendy Kershaw will talk about the development of her illustrated ceramics, on how it was influenced by her three residencies in China. Jeweller Alison Macleod will lead a workshop for adults.

Further information:

The Lighthouse

·        Website


Spring Fling

·        Call 01387 213218

·        Email


D&G|OUT is the first of three national showcases for 2014. The others are at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 9 April to 18 May and James Harvey Fine Art, London, 23-6 April.



Notes for editors

● Pictures of work by the exhibitors are available on request.

● Spring Fling is now in its 12th year and is renowned as Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studio event. All participants are specially selected to ensure high standards.

● A crowdfunding appeal raised £3,000 to fund three national exhibitions during 2014 – these are in Glasgow, Newcastle and London. These exhibitions are designed to bring the phenomenal creativity of D&G to a wider audience.

● Spring Fling 2013 featured work by 93 artists and makers and attracted a record 35,850 studio visits, earning £990,000 for the local economy including £200,000 spent in studios.

● In 2014 the main Spring Fling weekend takes place from 24 to 26 May. A total of 95 studios across the region will take part and visitors will have the chance to see work by 22 artists who have never taken part before.

● Spring Fling is a Community Interest Company. Spring Fling has developed from its first annual open studio event in 2003 to an established, successful, nationally renowned arts organisation which produces a 3 day event which brings more than £1million to the local economy and amongst other things commissions public art, runs youth development programmes, provides professional support and development, organises a fringe festival and for the first time in 2013 co-produced Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS).

● The core event is funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council, youth development is funded by The Holywood Trust and The Archie Sutter Watt Trust, public art in funded by Creative Scotland and additional projects are funded by The Barfil Trust

● To find out more visit

● For Spring Fling media information contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at for media information about The Lighthouse contact Laura Sutherland on 0141 3376712 or 07764 936840 or email