Upland Projects

Modern Makers Exhibition

Modern Makers is a programme for a small group of young people from Dumfries and Galloway to work intensively with a professional maker to learn craft skills.

Developed from Modern Heritage Craft which ran in 2014 and 2015, the programme has seen young people learn skills in shoe making, furniture building, glass, jewellery and more. From 2016 – 2020 the programme developed and expanded, enabling young people to spend 30 days working with established makers gaining hands-on skills alongside a unique insight  into how an artist/maker functions in today’s social and economic environment.

This year marks the fifth year of the Modern Makers expanded programme and sees young people working with renowned glass artist Amanda Simmons.

The exhibition takes a look back at the programme’s origins with a focus on the last five years, showcasing work from both participants and lead makers – Sam Booth, Fitch & McAndrew, Alex Rigg, Pamela Grace, Hugh Bryden, Colin Blanchard and Amanda Simmons.

Find out more about the Modern Makers programme here.

Image by Colin Tennant

9th May – 27th June 2020
Gracefield Arts Centre (Gallery 1)

Address: 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ (View Map)
Opening Times: Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm (Open Sunday & Monday during Spring Fling weekend)
Entry: Free


Emerge is a 9 month programme of mentoring with a bursary of £1,000 for early career artists and makers with a connection to Dumfries & Galloway.

This year, we have awarded three Emerge bursaries which will see each recipient paired up with an experienced Upland 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.

Now in its ninth year, the programme is becoming a key part of the infrastructure for our next generation of artists and makers in Dumfries & Galloway.

Two of the 2020 Emerge Bursaries are funded by The Holywood Trust (specifically for artists and makers 30 years and under) and one Emerge Bursary is funded by Creative Scotland (for an emerging artist or maker of any age).

For more information on Emerge, click here.

Image: Stalemate Knight by Izzy Leach

Emerge Young Artists 2020

Izzy Leach // Mentored by Kim Ayres, Colin Tennant and Saskia Coulson

Blossom McCuaig // Mentored by Lucy Macleod, Emma Varley and Mark Zygadlo

Sophie Jarzyna // Mentored by Clare Dawdry and Christopher Taylor

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