Future Spring Fling

Plans for the 2022 Event

We’re thrilled to finally announce the first details of next year’s event.

In 2022, we will be celebrating 20 years of Spring Fling – marking the 20th Spring Fling event to take place. This is a big deal and we intend to celebrate in style. We also plan to return to our normal open studio format and can’t wait to welcome you back to the studios.

Save the Date

Spring Fling 2022 will be:

2 – 5 June 2022

This follows the normal format of having the event at the late May Bank Holiday weekend, however, due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, these dates and the bank holiday have moved. Spring Fling 2022 will be a 4 day event.

Applications for SF2022

If you’re an artist or maker and want to be a part of Spring Fling 2022, applications are now open!

Spring Fling is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events with the event attracting over 140 000 visitors between 2003 and 2020 (and that doesn’t even include online audiences!). Participating is a fantastic way of selling work and getting it seen by a wider audience.

Deadline for submission: Midnight (11.59pm) on Sunday 24th October 2021.
For full information on how to apply please click here.
(This will take you to the Upland website)

Whilst we can’t completely return to an open studio format safely, we are building on the successes of 2020 to bring you a carefully curated line up of online events, including virtual studio tours, workshops and talks.
Alongside this, a brand new Upland commission and the SF Pop-UP showcase will provide the opportunity for makers and local customers to meet, discuss and buy/sell work in a safe socially distanced manner, in line with Government COVID-19 Guidance.

We will be developing the accessibility of the event. There are some elements we can’t change such as the access to private studios in homes but we are looking into what we can develop. Two elements we are pursuing is our digital offering and ways to connect with our audiences off the screen.

We can also share that due to the unforeseen changes to last year’s programme, Upland has offered all 2020 participants a place in this year’s event if they would like it AND that this year, we’ve introduced a new way for artists and makers to take part with our Online Only option!

We’re delighted to finally share our plans with you and to open applications. So stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks and months.


(Image of SF Pop-Up at The Oven by Colin Tennant)

Greener Event

Our new digital programme and the fact that visitors won’t be travelling from studio to studio means that this year’s event will be our greenest yet! Not only that, but our virtual studios, online workshops and programming will be available internationally for all audiences.

We are pleased to work with and promote environmentally conscious partners and organisations like the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and the Green Arts Initiative and Creative Carbon Scotland.

For next year’s event, we look forward to bringing back our bus and bike tours as well.

(Image: Galloway Cycle Holidays)

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