Every year we are pleased to showcase some of the region’s finest galleries and art centres as part of Spring Fling Open Studios.

Please find information below on this year’s galleries with some updates on how they are getting on during the lockdown period.

Image by Colin Tennant

G1 Clience Studio, Castle Douglas

The gallery is closed for now, but I am able to paint commissions and new work, and I am able to send my paintings, prints et to my visitors.

On my website a large selection of work is on view and will be updated regularly with new paintings. Also, there are frequent posts of new work on my Facebook page, and hoping to post some videos from the gallery and studio. On the website people can easily enquire or order any item through the contact page which will come directly to my email. I answer all messages on the same day and am able to send or deliver very promptly any of my prints or originals, gift items from my Galloway paintings(includes mugs, coasters, placemats, notebooks and cards). I am also taking commissions for oils and watercolours of any size and these can be delivered safely locally, or by post if further afield.

Spring Fling Friends offer will now be 10 % on ALL of my paintings, prints and gift items. Additionally, I will make a large selection of paintings and prints available at between 15% to 50% discount on enquiry.

G2 Cample Line, Cample

You can access our spring exhibition – Helen Mirra’s Acts for placing woollen and linen – from home. 

Whilst our building remains closed, Helen Mirra’s exhibition Acts for placing woollen and linen remains on our walls and we will open it as soon as we are able and feel we can safely do so. In the meantime, our team has developed a number of ways you can digitally experience the exhibition whilst we are closed.

<>Short exhibition film (5mins, captions in English available)

Enjoy this short exhibition film, scripted and narrated by our Engagement Assistant Lucy Dale.

Virtual walkthrough (10mins, captioned numbering)

Enjoy a virtual walkthrough filmed by our Film programme co-ordinator Emma Dove. You can visit our website and download the checklist that accompanies it.

After John Cage: ‘Writing Through’ Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson

This May, watch out  for the first poems to appear as part of our online writing project led by writer Victoria Miguel. Following an online workshop led by Victoria that explores John Cage’s method of ‘writing through’, our participants are now at work applying some of his chance writing techniques to letters exchanged by the celebrated Scottish author and essayist Thomas Carlyle and the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. The finished writings will be gathered together in a pamphlet that will bring the writing of each participant into a collective form and contribute to a final outcome at CAMPLE LINE in late summer.

Keep an eye out for the first poems on our website:

<> Screenings At Home 

We are pleased to be able to make a number of films available for live streaming via our website throughout May and June, launched with communal screenings and live online discussions.

Our first film, Mohammad-Ali Talebi’s Willow and Wind (2000, 81mins, Iran) was available from 10-17 May, and was launched with a live discussion between Pete Borthwick, Jan Hogarth and Pete Smith.

Check out our Screenings at Home webpage for details of the next film:

<> Weaving activities for children

Compiled by Lucy Dale, our Engagement Assistant
As Lucy was not able to lead her paper weaving workshop for children on Sat 11 April, she has written out a wonderful step-by-step guide to the process for download here or on our website. Enjoy and please let Lucy know how you get on by sending an email FAO Lucy to!

G3 Thomas Tosh, Thornhill

Thomas Tosh is based in the old parish hall in Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway. Ordinarily, we have a café, interiors, gift and book departments, gallery and a busy diary of events including hosting Spring Fling artists each year. But of course this Spring Fling is different.

You can still see images of work from our 2020 Spring Fling artists Emma Visca and Deborah Campbell at our virtual Spring Fling gallery HERE and on Thomas Tosh’s Instagram. We would have loved to have Deborah and Emma exhibiting in person. But their strong work shines through online, and on their own websites. We very much look forward to the possibility of hosting them in person later in the year.

We’re busy preparing our building for reopening as soon as we are able. There will be the relaxed and safe shopping you’ve come to expect from us, and you’ll be able to get our delicious own-baked food, and range of teas and Matthew Algie coffee from our café area. And of course showcasing great artists such as Emma and Deborah, being part of Spring Fling, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and other regional events, and supporting live performance and art will remain a very important part of what we do.

Keep keeping safe. And hopefully see you as soon as we all can.


Paul and David and everyone at Thomas Tosh.

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