Artists to share their love of Dumfries and Galloway during Spring Fling

Spring Fling has unveiled the full list of artists and makers taking part in this year’s celebration of creativity from Dumfries and Galloway.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:41 pm
Angela Lawrence and Caroline Hone are inspired by the local area

As Covid restrictions mean it will be a largely online event from May 29-June 6, many participants will highlight work inspired by Scotland’s rural south west.

Among them are landscape artist Angela Lawrence, from Castle Douglas, and semi-abstract landscape painter Caroline Hone, from near Kirkcudbright.

Angela said: “It’s such a wonderful place, with so much variety in its coasts and landscapes. I love the skies here, they are always changing, full of amazing clouds and so many different colours.

“Many people come to Spring Fling time and again because they enjoy having a break in such a beautiful part of Scotland and meeting up with artists who they have become friends with over the years.

“I think they will miss that at the moment, so even though they can’t come to our studios we are looking forward to letting them see art that’s inspired by a part of Scotland we all love.”

Caroline added: “It’s always so different and magical and there’s so much space – I especially love those moments in winter when the sun pierces through and the hills are lit with electric colours; it’s just incredible.”

Work by both artists will be shown in online studios and at physical pop-ups which are planned for people living in the region to attend.

There will also be online exhibitions, workshops, talks and demonstrations featuring the work of 61 specially selected painters, original printmakers, photographers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, glass makers, textiles designers, woodworkers and others.

Joanna Macaulay, assistant director for organisers Upland Arts Development, said: “Even though this year’s event is largely online we are doing all we can to give audiences the chance to join us in celebrating both the creativity and beauty of south west Scotland.

“We are very grateful to all the artists and makers who are showing such enormous support for an event that is a much-loved part of Scotland’s cultural calendar.”

The full programme will be published in coming weeks, for more information visit www.spring-fling.co.uk.