About Spring Fling
Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.
In Autumn 2015 Spring Fling CIC evolved to become Upland CIC, a bold, ambitious, rural based visual art and craft development organisation. Spring Fling is Upland’s Flagship Event.
Dumfries and Galloway; inspiring, vibrant and buzzing with creativity is a well recognised as a haven for artists and makers and Spring Fling has helped put the region on the national and international cultural map. Between 2003 and 2018 Spring Fling has attracted over 100,000 visitors who have made almost 300,000 studio visits. Over 16 years £1.9 million of art and craft had been bought in studios and the event has brought over £8.5 million to the local economy.
What is Spring Fling?
Every year between 90 – 100 professional artists and makers throw open the doors to their studios for three days over the late May bank holiday weekend, offering visitors the chance to get behind the scenes of artistic practice, experience artists and makers demonstrating and explaining their processes and inspirations and have the opportunity to buy a piece of art direct from the artist. Each studio experience is unique, every artist is different but each will offer a meaningful insight into the inner workings of an artist’s life.
In addition to the core event, over the Spring Fling weekend visitors can enjoy a number of extra events and happenings such projects as EDGE; Spring Fling Rural Mural (SFRM); Spring Shows, a series of local, national and international exhibitions. And visitors can studio hop the green way on one of the Spring Fling Bus Tours.
Upland is a bold, ambitious, rural-based visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland. Having evolved from Spring Fling, Upland not only presents the UK’s premier arts and crafts open studios event but it also provides year round support for artists and makers. Upland projects include Modern Makers, Emerge (Young Artist Bursary), Energise and Artful Migration along with professional development opportunities for young people and Upland Professional Members.
Visit www.weareupland.com for information about Upland CIC, it’s projects, opportunities and how to become an Upland Professional Member.
Contact Amy Marletta, Creative Director, for all professional development, youth and community projects and Upland managements.
T: 07871 201 473
Contact Joanna Macaulay, Assistant Director, for Spring Fling, Exhibitions, Public Art, Cultural Tourism and Sponsorship.
T: 07787 299 487
We are pleased to be working with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival in jointly promoting our events. The Arts Festival offers a range of music, theatre and performing arts events from 24 May – 2 June.
Find out more here.