Spring Fling aims to be bigger as it returns for 2021

Spring Fling 2021 will offer new and different ways to showcase some of the best contemporary visual arts and craft from Dumfries and Galloway.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th March 2021, 5:33 pm
Upland assistant director Joanna Macaulay
Upland assistant director Joanna Macaulay

Organisers, Upland CIC, announced this year’s event will be a vibrant mix of digital and some physical activities in place of the usual open studios weekend.

This will hopefully include a pop-up shop and walks with artists plus online exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, live talks and studio tours.

Upland also hopes that this year’s Spring Fling can be extended beyond the traditional three-day late spring bank holiday weekend. It will begin on May 29, b ut it could run right through to until June 6 .

The around 80 artists and makers selected for the disrupted 2020 open studios weekend will be offered the chance to take part in the 2021 event. Applications are also open for others who would like to take part.

Upland assistant director Joanna Macaulay said: “The spirit of Spring Fling is alive and well, and even though we can’t hold our traditional open studios weekend we hope to provide all sorts of fun and creative ways to let people engage with the region and its arts.

“We know that people are as eager as ever to see painting, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and other arts and crafts – and to engage with the makers and artists, and to learn new skills for themselves.

“Our idea is to offer a whole variety of digital and safe physical events for people to choose between. So although the format will be different, Spring Fling will continue to be a joyous celebration of the rich variety of artistic talent that exists across Dumfries and Galloway

Spring Fling once again has the support from Dumfries and Galloway Council as one of the region’s Signature events, and EventScotland, through the Scotland’s Events Recovery.

Creative Scotland has provided funding towards digital accessibility and to commission small-scale performance or installation.

Artists and makers selected for Spring Fling can choose to participate online only, or be part of the physical activities and events as well.

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