Upland Projects


Emerge is a 9 month programme of mentoring, with a bursary of £1000 for young artists and makers with a connection to Dumfries & Galloway. This year we have awarded two Emerge bursaries which will see each young artist paired up with an experienced Upland Member artist or maker. As well as creating new work and taking part in Spring Fling, the recipients will also benefit from go & see trips, networking and training opportunities. For more information on Emerge, click here.

Emerge Young Artists 2019

Jordan Chisholm (Studio 65)
Mentored by Jo Hodges

Sarah Rogers (Studio 17)
Mentored by Alison Macleod (Studio 75)
& Lisa Rothwell-Young (Studio 89)


A residency programme and exhibition exploring the history and legacy of the Galloway hydroelectric power scheme. The Energise project ran from October 2018 – April 2019 with the aim of giving artists the opportunity to research and creatively explore the subject of climate change in relation to the unique landscape of Dumfries & Galloway. The project aimed to connect artists with local communities, including young people and schools, in order to explore perceptions and responses to climate change with specific regard to renewable energy, in an imaginative and positive way. The residencies were undertaken by photographers Ted Leeming and Morag Paterson and visual artist Jason Nelson, who was assisted by associate artist Catherine Major. The work exhibited at Gracefield Arts Centre is a culmination of the residencies, presenting new artwork that reflects the research and engagement undertaken. For more information on Energise, click here.

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