Spring Fling rakes in £1.4m for region

This year’s Spring Fling visual art and craft event was the biggest ever with 40,000 studio visits and £1.4 million brought in for the local economy.

Organisers are celebrating figures showing a huge turnout which brought visitors from across Scotland and the rest of the UK to Dumfries and Galloway between 24-26 May.

Three national exhibitions of work by D&G artists and makers, in Glasgow, Newcastle and London also proved a big hit, attracting over 18,000 visitors.

The statistics for 2014 show that the main weekend in Dumfries and Galloway attracted 13, 450 visitors (up 13% from last year) who made 40,340 visits to 95 studios and spent £1,405m (up 42% from around £990,000 the year before). Nearly £250,000 was spent in studios with the rest going into other areas of the economy such as restaurants and hotels.

Prize draw entries filled in by visitors showed that nearly a quarter were from other parts of Scotland and around 30% from outside the country.

For the artists themselves there were tremendous benefits, with an average 429 visits and spending of £2,645 per studio – an increase of around 24% from 2013. Three quarters of the artists were also commissioned to produce new work.

Applications open on 1 September for six weeks for Spring Fling 2015 with roadshow and photography sessions for those who are new to to the festival.