Spring Fling 2021
In light of the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been carefully planning to ensure that this year’s event can go ahead in the safest possible way whilst still bringing that Spring Fling spirit we all love!
The dates for this year’s event are: 29 May – 6 June 2021
So save the date!
Applications now open
If you’re a maker and want to be a part of Spring Fling 2021, 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 2019 (and that doesn’t even include digital audiences!). Participating is a fantastic way of selling work and getting it seen by a wider audience.
Applications close at Midnight (11.59pm) on Sunday 14th March 2021.
Find out here.
Plans for 2021
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)
This scheme developed this year from our long-standing scheme Whilst in D&G. This was a response to Covid-19 and a desire to promote and support as many D&G businesses as possible, to residents as well as future visitors.
We are pleased to keep this going and invite businesses to get involved!
Visit Our D&G here.
Support Spring Fling
Spring Fling Open Studios is produced by Upland CIC, a not-for-profit arts development organisation in Dumfries and Galloway.
We would be delighted to receive donations, big or small, towards our flagship event, Spring Fling. You can do this here.
For more information on Upland CIC, our projects, ambitions, our team and how else you can get involved, please visit the Upland website here.
Images by Colin Tennant
Spring Fling Tours
As usual, we are working with Thornhill Community Transport and Cairn Valley Community Transport to deliver some tours across the region. We’ve also teamed up with the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere to offer a unique hosted bus tour through the Glenkens incorporating studio visits. Look out for bike and e-bike hire too!
Supported by Cavens Country House, Kirkbean, the Spring Fling Prize Draw offers visitors the chance to win vouchers to spend in the studios on high quality visual art and craft, plus luxury accommodation and fine dining!
Friends of Spring Fling can get exclusive discounts when booking in advance. Visit their website here.
Spotlight on Food & Drink
In our brochure we’ll be featuring a handful of food and drink providers from across Dumfries and Galloway that are doing something special this Spring Fling.
Why not add some local cuisine, a tour or a demonstration to your Spring Fling this year?
Across the Sea:
The North Channel
Upland and Island Arts Centre in Lisburn are pleased to present a new exhibition partnership for 2020. This exhibition brings together artists and makers taking part in Spring Fling Open Studios in Dumfries and Galloway and a handful of artists and makers living and working in Northern Ireland.
Modern Makers Exhibition
This year marks the fifth year of the Modern Makers programme, which gives young people from Dumfries and Galloway a chance to work intensively with a professional maker to learn craft skills. 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.
Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival
We are delighted that the Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival Residency returned for the 2019/2020 events with Emily Tough as our Artist.
This time the residency was for emerging artists and we changed the outcome from creating an open studio at Spring Fling to a final exhibition.
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 experienced Upland artists and makers.
Spring Fling App
We’re delighted to be presenting a brand new Spring Fling app for the 2020 event! Supported and delivered by CodeArcs, the new app is an essential companion to have with you on your Spring Fling visit.
DG Arts Festival
Dumfries & Galloway has a fantastic line-up of award-winning international, national and regional artists performing comedy, dance, theatre, music and spoken word, with some of the key highlights taking place alongside Spring Fling across our region.
We know that for some, taking children into studios with breakable objects is a bit daunting so this year we’re pulling together information on some family friendly studios and activities at this year’s Spring Fling Open Studios.
Some studios will open on Friday (6pm – 8pm) and late on Saturday or Sunday (until 8pm).
All studios are open Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th (studios aren’t open during the day on the Friday).
The 2020 brochure will be available from late March onwards.
Follow us on social media, sign up to our newsletters to find out when it is available or become a Friend of Spring Fling to get this delivered to your door before anyone else! More information here.