Parts of a Dumfries art gallery have been transformed so visitors can see how beautiful craft, design and visual art would look in their own homes.
The Spring Fling @ Home exhibition, which opened at the Gracefield Arts Centre yesterday (Saturday), shows how you can get a full range of high-quality furnishings and decorations which are all created in Dumfries and Galloway.
Lucianne Lassalle, a sculptor from Wallaceton, said: “Most work is made for a home, not a gallery. This is a great chance to visualise what things will look like in your own house.”
Lucianne is known for her sculptures, which include fabulous figures of creatures which are part human and part animal.
The exhibition also reflects how much work produced by the region’s designers and makers is intended to be used rather than just displayed.
Clare Dawdry, who makes stoneware and earthenware, said: “I’m really excited about this exhibition because it will put my work in context, rather than having it up on a white plinth.
“I make pots which I hope people will enjoy using in their own homes and which will enhance the experience of eating and cooking.”
Clare, based in Kirkpatrick Durham, was originally inspired by a friend in Australia. She said: “When I went round there I loved choosing the pots and plates we would eat from.
“It’s something I now want to offer other people – everything I make is home-made and hand thrown on the wheel. No piece is ever exactly the same, so people have something that is distinctively theirs to enjoy.”
Urpu Sellar, from Dundrennan, is a ceramicist whose work brings out the humour in the everyday. She said: “What’s lovely about this exhibition is that it’s a chance to see art and craft in its natural habitat – which is the home.”
The exhibition is produced by Spring Fling, the Dumfries and Galloway visual art and craft movement, which is currently promoting the region’s creative community through a series of regional and UK exhibitions.