Spring Fling 2021

We’re delighted to share with you all that happened at Spring Fling 2021!

In light of the ongoing pandemic, we carefully planned to ensure that this year’s event could go ahead in the safest possible way whilst still bringing that Spring Fling spirit we all love! This year’s programme was a great mix of online and physical socially distanced activities to suit audiences from all over. Check out what we programmed below!

All event activity is now only available for Friends of Spring Fling to view until the end of June. If you’re a Friend of Spring Fling you should have received a password via email. Please email hello@weareupland.com for more information.


Digital Brochure

This year, we didn’t print our normal brochure. Instead, it was available to view on the website.

The brochure is available to view now HERE.

Virtual Studios

Since no studios were physically able to open as part of Spring Fling 2021, we were delighted to present our Virtual Studios.

Having piloted these in 2020 in response to the pandemic, we were pleased to continue with the virtual studios for the 2021 event as a way to promote our artists and makers and to educate, inspire and engage audiences. All event participants had a Virtual Studio

Head to the Virtual Studios HERE.

This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.

Spring Fling Pop-UP

Since we didn’t open studios this year, we were delighted to work with Ottersburn Gallery in Dumfries and Mill on the Fleet at Gatehouse of Fleet to present two temporary pop-ups.

Find out who exhibited where HERE.

This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.

Workshops, Talks & Demonstrations

We were delighted to bring you a brand new suite of interactive and engaging events as part of Spring Fling 2021.

These were a mix of online and physical which aimed to appeal to a range of audiences.

 View our full programme of Workshops, Talks and Events HERE.


This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.

Online Exhibition:
We Wish You Were Here!

An online exhibition of small scale work by Spring Fling 2021 participants, celebrating our magnificent region.

29 May – 23 June 2021

We’re delighted to present another way for you to view and buy work as part of Spring Fling 2021.

Find out more HERE.

Event Calendar

Since there was SO much going on, we were pleased to present a calendar to check out what was happening. 

See this year’s event calendar HERE.

Upland Creative Commission: The Call

The Call, produced by Dumfries & Galloway Artist, Katie Anderson, was a roaming artwork initiating a form of call and response between two ‘sounders’ or performers.

Find out about the work and where you could see/hear it HERE.


This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.

Spotlight on Wellbeing

Much of this year’s event had to adapt to include more digital elements so we wanted to highlight some parts of the programme that encouraged positive mental health and showcased some local businesses and things to see and do that helped you to reconnect, promote self care and get out in the great outdoors.

Find out more HERE.

This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.


Emerge is a 6 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 two Emerge bursaries which will see each recipient paired up with experienced Upland artists and makers.

Find out about this year’s participants HERE.

COVID-19 Guidance

Please visit this page to read our COVID-19 Guidance. This guidance related to the physical elements of the event like the Spring Fling Pop-UPs, the outdoor workshops and the Upland Creative commission.

Read our guidance HERE

Studio Insights

Since we couldn’t open studios, we commissioned some short films and photography to capture how work is made and showcase creative practice.

Find out more HERE.

This will be available to view to Friends of Spring Fling only until the end of June.

Audience Questionnaire

Each year we rely on Spring Fling visitors to give us honest feedback on what they thought of the event. THis feedback is invaluable for us to know what you like an don’t like, to help make the event better year on year, and to support us in getting funding.

Please help us this year by filling in the questionnaire and you could win a Spring Fling Friends for Life subscription!

Fill in the questionnaire HERE.

Our D&G

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

Donate & Support Spring Fling

Spring Fling is an annual event now in its 19th year. Next year, we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary.
Why not make a donation and support us in the delivery of this milestone year?

Next year, we are looking forward to a return to open studios!
As a not-for-profit, Upland CIC is delighted to receive support in any shape or form. Find out more HERE.


This year we have been trying to develop the accessibility and inclusion of the event. We still have lots to do but it’s a start!
Find out more HERE.

Future Spring Fling

We are pleased to announce that in 2022 we will be celebrating 20 years of Spring Fling!

Find out more HERE.

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