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Everything you need to know about our Emerge mentoring and bursary plus our brand-new residency, MORAG x TELLAS.


Emerge is a programme of mentoring and a bursary of £1,000 for early career artists or makers, working in any visual art or craft medium, who have a strong connection to Dumfries & Galloway.

This year we have awarded two 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.

Emerge aims to provide support which will enable the participants to develop both creatively and professionally, providing a stepping stone between education or employment and a career in the arts. One of this year’s bursaries is specifically for an emerging artist or maker aged 30 years and under, which is supported by the Holywood Trust and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust. The second bursary is for an emerging artist or maker of any age, which is supported by Creative Scotland.

Emerge recipients for 2023 are:
Rachel Ashcroft 
Abbie La Rooy 

Spalted birch stool with driftwood legs
detail of black and wood ash candlesticks
Patchworked silk kimono-style reversible jacket with combination of eco-print, digital print and reused textiles


As part of a new collaborative residency exchange, Morag Macpherson and Tellas (based in Sardinia) have joined forces again, after their collaboration for Spring Fling Rural Mural in 2016. This time the artists will use mixed media methods to create a new series of artworks inspired by the merging of their own styles. During the residency, the artists will welcome the public into their working space to chat to the artists and discover their process, culminating in a short exhibition of the finished work.

1-4pm, Sunday 24 April*
6-8pm, Wednesday 26 April

27-30 April
10am till 4pm, Sunday 11-3pm

Ottersburn Gallery
Nith Avenue, Dumfries, DG1 1EF

Find out more HERE.


*This was a typo in the brochure – should be Sunday not Monday and Wednesday not Thursday!

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