The D&G Standard: Spring Fling Hits Ten

10th February 2012

by Sara Bain, Dumfries Standard Friday

MARCH 2 is a very special day in the Spring Fling calendar.

Not only does it officially launch this year’s taster exhibition, brochure new Smartphone app and online shop, but it is also a celebration marking a decade of the May bank holiday’s open studio event.

For the 10th year the region’s popular annual open studio event will kick off with its taster exhibition and official launch.

MSP Joan McAlpine will do the honours at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries on Friday, March 2, and the evening will run from 6pm to 8pm.

The taster exhibition provides a sneak preview of the breadth of talent of the 76 artists, designers and craftmakers – including furniture by Daniel Lacey; ceramics by Andy Priestman; printmaking by Leo Blamire; Alison Macleod, jewellery; the paintings of Jane Blair; and illustrations by Clare Melinsky – who will be opening their doors to visitors in May.

The exhibition will have an additional element this year, as Spring Fling celebrates its 10th birthday.

A restrospective exhibition will include a looped slide show of images from the past 10 years and a specially commissioned Spring Fling film, by Picto Productions, showcasing the work of a handful of artists and makers and revelling in the perfect marriage of contemporary art and breath-taking landscapes.

Visitors can contribute to the exhibition by decorating and/or writing a message or memory of Spring Fling on a “paper man” to be added to the memory wall.

Spring Fling participants over the past 10 years have been invited to submit a piece of work made specifically for the retrospective and these artworks will be auctioned during the evening.

The evening will also see the launch of the event’s brochure, featuring the whimsical creatures of Glasgow-based illustrator Lesley Barnes.

Two firsts for Spring Fling will also be unveiled on the evening: the event’s new smart phone app and brand new online shop.

Last year 10,500 visitors flocked to Spring Fling to see behind the scenes and visit the studios of 84 visual artists, makers and designers.

The event brought over £780,000 to the local economy and each year leaps from strength to strength. For this year, between June 2 to 5, 76 professional artists and makers working across disciplines will open the doors of their studios.

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