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Made for Chelsea Work by some of Dumfries & Galloway’s Spring Fling artists and makers is being showcased at James Harvey British Art in Chelsea

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helsea gallery owners James and Flora Harvey’s love of Dumfries & Galloway has led to a Spring Fling partnership introducing some of the region’s best contemporary art to the London ‘scene’. As part of Spring Fling’s D&G Out initiative, James Harvey British Art is hosting a pop-up exhibition of Dumfries & Galloway artists and makers’ work from April 24 to 26. Flora is the daughter of Stewartry Lord-Lieutenant Sir Malcolm Ross and Lady Ross and spent much of her childhood at the family home, Netherhall near Castle Douglas. She and husband James

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now relish sharing the “haven away from the rest of the world” at Netherhall with their own children Willa, six, and Molly, three. “Since we married and I have been coming up to Dumfries & Galloway I have always been interested in what the Spring Fling folk are doing,” James explains. “I believe the quality of work and what they are offering is exceptional, organised in such a professional way with such a highly motivated group of people.” Although the Harveys’ gallery specialises in 18th and 19th-century British and sporting art, the couple love working with contemporary artists whose work they incorporate into their

James and Flora Harvey. Flora is the daughter of Stewartry Lord-Lieutenant Sir Malcolm Ross

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Who’s in D&G Out

Detail from Tenement Demolition by Patricia Cain; below: Dreams of Wild Things by Lucianne Lassalle

programme of events. D&G Out, says James, was “a great fit”. “This is an opportunity for Dumfries & Galloway artists to be exposed to the international market we have down here in London. Our client base is varied but includes successful, discerning collectors, entrepreneurs, people who own large international companies, stars of the entertainment world… We have a lot of interest in the US and Europe and we hope the young people of Dumfries & Galloway who are living in London will support it as well.” James has been an art dealer for 25 years and was Director of Fine Art for international antique furniture dealers Mallett. He opened its US operation and worked there for five years before returning to London and launching the gallery in 2007 with Flora, who had worked in events marketing for the banking sector all over the world. “We joined forces

and took the brave decision to open a gallery away from the West End, in the slightly more Bohemian end of town. Chelsea has a great history in art dealing and was ‘the place to be’ in the 1960s.” The gallery forms the ground floor of the family’s traditional townhouse home and James says he is excited to see which Dumfries & Galloway art works have been chosen for display there. “Although we are doing this as commercially as we can, we feel it’s largely about drawing attention to what goes on in Dumfries & Galloway to a new market. It’s as much about tourism and promoting the region. “I wanted to offer my experience and expertise and a platform through our gallery to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to do it. “It will bring the magic of D&G to London and it will be so exciting to have it on our walls.”

D&G Out is a new initiative for Spring Fling which began with an exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow in February and continues with the James Harvey British Art show (April 24 to 26) and a third at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle from April 9 to May 18. A series of talks and workshops by some of the Dumfries & Galloway artists will link with the exhibition at James Harvey British Art in Chelsea: Thursday 24, 6-8pm Clare Melinsky; Katharine Wheeler Friday 25, 6-8pm Margaret Walty; Amy Winstanley and Patti Lean Saturday 26, 1-4pm Adam Booth; Lucianne Lassalle; Silvana McLean Also showing at James Harvey British Art are: Jane Blair, Heather Blanchard, Patricia Cain, Hazel Campbell, Sam Cartman, Gary Craig, Caroline Dalton, Philip Gunn, Steven Higginson, Suzan Malcolm, Helen Ryman, Maggie Savage, John

Amy Winstanley; below: Patricia Cain

Threlfall, Jennifer Watt. Showing at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle are: Helen Acklam, Mike Batey, Pete Brown, Heather Davies, Lizzie Farey, Jo Gallant, Pamela Grace, Shona Guthrie, Lisa Hooper, Janet Ibbotson, Daniel Lacey, Hannah McAndrew, Hannah Morris-Knowles, Lisa Rothwell-Young, Peter Wareing.

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