Spring Fling at Gracefield

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Spring Fling is the annual open studios event taking place across Dumfries and Galloway and this year runs from Saturday to Monday, May 24-26.

Some 95 professional artists, designers and makers have been selected for the quality of their work and each has been invited to submit a piece to the Gracefield exhibition, which this year explores art and craft in a domestic setting. All the work is available to buy and offers viewers a sneak preview of the wide range of artists’ work before the main Spring Fling event.

A busy programme of Spring Fling workshops will accompany the show each weekend for adults and families. They are: March 29: Family Creative Art Play with Joanne Garner (all ages); April 5: Collograph Print with Jenny Smith McOnie (age 16+); April 19: Lisa Rothwell Young Jewellery for young people and adults (age 8+); April 26: Lino cut with Clare Melinsky (age 16+); May 3: Abstract Art with Amy Winstanley (age 16+). Full details on www.Spring-Fling.co.uk or call Gracefield on 01387 262084.

In Gallery 2, Gracefield is delighted to present a national touring exhibition Sparkle and Spin by Dundee-based artist Paola McClure. Well-known for her alien-like creatures, handmade from vintage fabrics and second-hand clothing, Paola is interested in fabrics, pattern and colour, and her influences range from the primitive to the kitsch. Taking its name from a popular children’s book by Ann and Paul Rand, Sparkle and Spin features new “soft sculpture” characters and large-scale installation pieces.

Paola will be in the gallery to give two talks on Saturday, March 15. The first, at 11am, is specially for kids, which also includes a change to join in with sock puppet making workshop, and then open to all at 1pm with refreshments served and a chat with the artist about her fascinating work. Places are free at both talks, but please book on 01387 262084 as space is limited.

Admission to exhibitions is free, and Gracefield is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am-5pm, at 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries.