Beer + Blethers on the Brewing of Creative Ideas and Processes

Artists Talk
The Sulwath Brewery
209 King Street
Castle Douglas
Friday 1 June

 An informal evening with talks by and discussion between three unconventional public and installation artists - each of whom has been involved with Spring Fling over the last ten years. Come, sample some Scottish beer and learn about the creative processes of creative geniuses Alice FrancisMatt Baker and Tim Taylor.



As a visual and performance artist, Alice is well-known as the creator of The People’s Palace, which is a caravan transformed into a travelling cinema, featuring fixtures and fittings from a demolished 1920s picture house in Castle Douglas. In the summer she sometimes takes The People’s Palace to music festivals and transforms it into an offbeat cabaret, featuring avant-garde circus acts.

Alice will talk about...

Couch - a temporary public artwork commissioned by Spring fling as part of our 10th Birthday celebrations. Highly visible to passers-by, Alice will cover a traditional Galloway Cottage in an archetypal floral stretch cover tailored to fit the building tightly so as to accentuate its contours and details.



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

Matt will talk about...

‘Artwork = Strategy x Process + Action / Place (+ the Scottish Nation)’



Tim Taylor's artwork spans disparite mediums. These include drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. His work celebrates the commonplace both as subject and material. Everyday stuff such as soap, sand, red wine, salt, shower screens and swimming pools pads are used to effect transformations in appearance, meaning and scale.

He has shown locally and internationally and in a variety of locations and mediums, from gallery-based work to public installation and performance. In 2005 he carried out the city-wide installation, ‘100 Gildings’, in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, gilding parts of the urban fabric to mark a new chapter of regeneration for the city. Three years later he swam 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.

His most recent project, brought his formal and informal educations together, seeing the installation of 26 permanent works throughout a new, award-winning health centre for families in Glasgow. He is currently constructing every water tower photographed by celebrated German photographers Hilla and Bernd Becher out of matchsticks.

Tim will talk about...

Tim was recipient of the WASPS/Dumfries & Galloway 2009 Spring Fling Residency in Kirkcudbright. The result of this two week residency was work installed throughout the ground and first floors of Claverhouse, a dwelling-turned-office, to mark its impending transformation to artist's studios. The work drew on two aspects of Kirkcudbright's past, its early maritime history (John Paul Jones in particular) and the town's later popularity with Scottish artists (notably the Glasgow Boys and Jessie M King). He will talk about the works created and attempt to chart the journeys that led to their creation.


Tickets for this event are free but booking is essential as places are very limited. Email Spring Fling manager Leah Black to book on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01387 213 218

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