PRESS RELEASE: Spring Fling Post 2011 Event10th August 2011
10 August 2011
Art and craft lovers from across the UK and further afield flocked to Dumfries and Galloway for Spring Fling over the May bank holiday weekend this year, helping to make Scotland’s premier annual art and craft open studio event, now in its 9th year, a huge success.
Evaluation based on both visitor and participant feedback suggest that the open studio event received 10,419 visitors this year and that the total spend in the region during the event (including that spent on accommodation, food and at local visitor attractions) was £781,490. The feedback also suggests that overall visitor satisfaction was high; over 583 evaluation forms were returned with 99% of Spring Flingers rating the event as excellent or good.
For many of the Spring Fling participants it was the chance to share their creative spaces and techniques with visitors that proved the most rewarding aspect of their weekend. However, the figures above highlight the very substantial economic impact Spring Fling has in Dumfries and Galloway – and is testament to the hard work of its participants in celebrating the best of the region’s attractions; the 15,000 copies of the Spring Fling brochure that go out each year, for example, encourage visitors to eat at local cafes and restaurants, explore the local sights and try local walks.
Visitors to this year’s event were also offered the chance to join one of three Spring Fling bus tours, dance the night away at a ceilidh, step out on a studio-to-studio walk, join an expertly organised Spring Fling bike ride, and also take in the oldest Bookshop in the Scotland where artist-in-residence, Deirdre Nelson, produced a word related installation based on her time spent at Wigtown Book Festival 2010.
Spring Fling has recently been awarded funding of £51,418 and £27,640 from LEADER and Holywood Trust respectively. This funding will be used to deliver the Spring Fling ‘Springboard’ project. This project will provide a bursary and mentoring scheme for recent graduates to take part in Spring Fling, develop a community and education outreach program of residencies and workshops and introduce a year round digital marketing platform.