Icon Key Please refer to the key below for the icons in the brochure. All studios will be open on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May from 10.30am to 5.30pm each day, and some studios will also open for the evenings â€“ look out for the evening opening icons.
Spring Fling Friends Friendly
Also open through the year by appointment
Accepts credit/ debit cards
Evening Openings Some studios will open on Friday 6pm - 8pm and late on Saturday, or Sunday until 8pm. Please refer to the icons.
Late Night Opening on Friday 26 (6pm - 8pm)
Late Night Opening on Saturday 27 (until 8pm)
Late Night Opening on Sunday 28 (until 8pm)
Spring Fling Rural Mural 2016 (SFRM). Left to Right: Ali Wylie & Amy Whiten of Recoat, Kash and Joanna Macaulay, Uplandâ€™s Events & Exhibitions Manager.
Welcome to Spring Fling 2017 Our fifteenth year and, once again, full of wonderful things! Scotland’s original open studios event was started by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Visual Arts Officer Jane McArthur in 2003. Now Spring Fling is the leading arts event of the year, run by artists and dedicated to promoting and developing the visual arts and crafts in our beautiful region.
In the these pages, you will also find information about some of our projects, exhibitions, partnerships and public art – plus all the details you need to find your way around and make the most of your time exploring the landscape whilst visiting our artists’ studios in so many stunning locations.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our visitors who return year after year, and an equally big welcome to new visitors and to anyone who might have visited one of our national exhibitions over the years. This year we are really happy to be working in partnership with New Brewery Arts in Cirencester; there will be a selection of works from our artists and makers on display in the gallery from 24th March - 14th May 2017, and locally with Gracefield Arts Centre to celebrate our anniversary in April.
We would like to thank all those who have helped make these fifteen years possible: Dumfries and Galloway Council, The Holywood Trust, Creative Scotland, Event Scotland, the Barfil Trust, the Archie Sutter Watt Trust, the William Grant Trust, our dedicated board and staff, Friends and Members. And a special mention to Annandale Distillery which is sponsoring the prize draw this year. Be sure to pick up one of the prize draw cards available in the studios.
We are fifteen, so this is a celebratory year. At the heart of everything are our amazingly talented artists and makers - from artists who have taken part in every one of those fifteen years to recent graduates just embarking on their careers, all of whom work with such passion and skill and invite you into their studios and their lives over these three days. Wend your way through these pages, follow a route, or pick out your favourite artists or disciplines from the list on the back page and enjoy planning your travel.
Joanna Macaulay Events & Exhibitions Manager Upland CIC
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Essential Information 2017
Spring Fling 2017 takes place on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May from 10.30am to 5.30pm each day. All 93 studios included in this brochure will be open during these hours.
Spring Fling Friends Friendly
Also open through the year by appointment
Evening Openings Some studios will open on Friday 6pm - 8pm and late on Saturday, or Sunday until 8pm. Please refer to the icons.
Late Night Opening on Friday 26 (6pm - 8pm)
Late Night Opening on Saturday 27 (until 8pm)
Late Night Opening on Sunday 28 (until 8pm)
Accepts credit/ debit cards
Find Out More
Many studios do not take credit or debit cards so do take cash or a chequebook with you.
If you are a Friend of Spring Fling (see p13 -14 for how to sign up), you will need to present your Friendship Card to take advantage of the array of discounts and offers in studios.
If you would like to take photographs of artists’ studios or work, check with them first.
01387 213 218 @spring_fling /springflingopenstudios SF2017
Consider our environment, please pass on this brochure when you have finished with it.
Sponsored by Annandale Distillery, the Spring Fling Prize Draw offers visitors the chance to win vouchers to spend on art plus Afternoon Tea at The Maltings, and Distillery Tours.
1ST PRIZE – £200 voucher to spend in the artists studio of your choice and a guided Classic tour for 4 people at Annandale Distillery.
2ND PRIZE – £100 voucher to spend in the artists studio of your choice and a guided Classic tour for 2 people at Annandale Distillery.
3RD PRIZE – £50 voucher to spend in the artists studio of your choice and Afternoon Tea for two at The Maltings Coffee Shop, Annandale Distillery.
To Enter Prize Draw cards can be collected from any artists’ studio. Complete the information on the back and post back (freepost) by the deadline. An online version of the form will also be available from www.spring-fling.co.uk
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Photo: Annandale Distillery
Getting Here Dumfries and Galloway is well served by the railway network with train stations at Lockerbie, Gretna, Annan, Dumfries, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Stranraer, on routes between London, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. To find out more about travelling to Dumfries and Galloway by train, bus or ferry visit www.travelinescotland.com.
The West Tour:
By Car For local pubic transport information, including journey planning, please contact Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelinescotland.com The following are approximate drive times by road within Dumfries and Galloway: Dumfries to Moniaive (30 min) Moniaive to St John’s Town of Dalry (20 min) Dumfries to Eskdalemuir (60 min) Lockerbie to Dumfries (20 min) Dumfries to Castle Douglas (30 min) Castle Douglas to Kirkcudbright (20 min) Kirkcudbright to Wigtown (50 min) Stranraer to Wigtown (40 min) Gatehouse of Fleet to Stranraer (55 min)
By Bus With help from Thornhill Community Transport and Glenken Transport Initiative, we are delighted to provide 4 bus tours visiting studios in different parts of the region. All tours offer multi pick-up and drop-off points. The route and timing of all trips is left to the discretion of the driver. Planned tours and pick-up & drop-off points are as follows:
Pick up: New Galloway 9.30am | Castle Douglas 10am | Gatehouse 10.30am | Newton Stewart 11am Travelling around: studios in the west Drop off: New Galloway | Castle Douglas | Gatehouse | Newton Stewart
Pick up: New Galloway 9.30am | Castle Douglas 10am Travelling around: studios in Castle Douglas, Kirkpatrick Durham, Corsock Drop off: New Galloway | Castle Douglas
Tickets: £10 per person, £8 for Spring Fling Friends (find out more on p13-14) and Concessions Booking: Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm & Saturday 10am-1.30pm* | The Midsteeple Box Office, The Midsteeple, High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BH | 01387 253383 24 Hour Booking: www.dgboxoffice.co.uk *For booking during the Spring Fling weekend beyond Saturday 27th at 3.30pm, please phone 07787 299487
Whilst in D&G If you are a Friend of Spring Fling (see p13-14 for how to sign up), you can also claim amazing discounts and other special offers from local businesses, including accommodation providers and restaurants, during Spring Fling and beyond! Visit www.spring-fling.co.uk/whilst for more information.
27 May Pick up: Dumfries 10am | Auldgirth 10.30am Travelling around: studios near Thornhill, Moniaive Drop off: Dumfries | Auldgirth
The East Tour: Pick up: Dumfries 10am | Lockerbie 10.30am Travelling around: studios in the east Drop off: Dumfries | Lockerbie Spring Fling 2017 3
To Kilmarnock & Glasgow A76
To Ayr & Glasgow A713
To Ayr & Glasgow
Galloway Forest Park
To Ayr & Glasgow
St. Johnâ€™s Town of Dalry A712
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14 15 16 17 18 13 19 20 21 Knockbrex Kirkcudbright Borgue 22 A711 11 12
Castle D 31 32 33
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To Glasgow & Edinburgh A74
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Crocketford Kirkpatrick Durham
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Castle Douglas G1 31 32 33
27 28 29 30
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Gretna 48 49 50 New Abbey
To Carlisle & the south Carlisle Kirkbean
44 45 Kippford Rockcliffe 46
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39 40 41
Dumfries 52 53 54 55 56
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81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
Key Artists and Makers studios EDGE (see p9)
Galleries (see p68)
Evening Events (see p12) Visit Scotland Information Centre
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Fifteen Years - A Snapshot 2003 The inaugural year of Spring Fling: the event was founded by Jane McArthur, who was the Visual Arts Development Officer at Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with a committee of artists. 2004 First public art commission “Shifting”, a specially commissioned mobile caravan installation work by Jo Hodges and Alice Francis. 2005 The selection process was introduced this year. Spring Fling linked up with the launch of Art in Gardens and introduced collaborative exhibitions on two routes. 2006 New Faces was introduced this year, The Spring Fling Sing took place, and the event continued to grow as a partnership between the local authority and local artists. 2007 First Taster exhibitions. 2008 CREATE school’s residency with the education department. Also, Super Nature by Arts Collective CNN was hugely popular a solar powered dance floor deep in the woods with disco bunnies, badger bouncers and a duck cleaning lady.
A significant milestone this year was Spring Fling becoming independent from the local authority, forming a Community Interest Company with jeweller Natalie Vardey becoming the first Chair of the committee. Co-ran a residency with WASPS and public artist Tim Taylor. New Faces became the Homecomers Scheme, The Spring Fling Ceilidh and Hogroast.
2010 Calum Stirling created the artwork Hypobaric Empyr at Craigieburn Gardens. Across the region there were a series of Hidden Film Screenings, and for the first time there were Spring Fling cycle tours, offering a greener way to studio hop.
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2011 First Spring Fling + Wigtown Book Festival Residency with textile artist Deirdre Nelson exploring words and language in the setting of Scotland’s book town. 2012
A 4-day event over the Queens Jubilee weekend. Alice Francis created Couch, a subversive public art commission. Looking In Looking Out, a Pecha Kucha lecture series in partnership with Glasgow University. First year of the Young Artists Bursary Programme and the Springboard Project, piloting year round youth and community projects and digital developments.
2013 Robbie Coleman created Fragment this year, an audio public art project, Oceanallover performed Pollen in three gardens across the region. Introduction of the Neighbours scheme with three artists taking part from Cumbria, Borders and South Ayrshire. 2014 Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) in partnership with Recoat, created 13 murals across the region on farm buildings, houses, and ‘unexpected things’. A successful crowdfunding campaign enabled national exhibitions in The Lighthouse Glasgow, The Biscuit Factory Newcastle, and James Harvey British Art London.
2015 The national exhibition programme became “Spring Shows”, holding exhibitions in Edinburgh at Dundas Street Gallery and internationally for the first time in Berlin. In September Spring Fling CIC evolved in to Upland. 2016 We coloured more of Dumfries & Galloway with SFRM16 with help from 44Flavours from Berlin and Tellas from Rome. This was Upland’s first Spring Fling with a great new team in place: Clare Hanna as maternity cover director, Joanna Macaulay in charge of events and exhibitions, Amy Marletta organising youth projects and our professional development and Olive Melville looking after finance and admin.
Anniversary Exhibition This year we are excited to present two Spring Fling exhibitions, one at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries and another in South West England at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
Collected: 15 Years of Spring Fling 22nd April – 13th May 2017 Preview 6-8pm Friday 21st April 2017 Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ In order to celebrate our 15th year we are partnering with long-time Spring Fling supporter Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.
Clare Dawdry. Photo: Shannon Tofts
Join us as we showcase works by current and previous Spring Fling participants from private and public collections. This exhibition displays not only a broad example of Spring Fling artists, but also explores where works are now, how they have shaped people’s lives and homes, highlighting the special relationships that developed between artist and collector.
“Helen has been a great champion of my work ever since my first Spring Fling. Her enthusiasm and encouragement through the years has been fantastic and she is now a great friend” Clare Dawdry (Studio 41, p38)
Gracefield Arts Centre is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am till 5pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
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Exhibition Outpost | Spring Fling at New Brewery Arts 25th March â€“ 14th May 2017 Preview 6-8pm Friday 24th March 2017 New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1JH This year we are delighted that our flagship exhibition is taking place in the Cotswolds with new gallery partner New Brewery Arts. New Brewery Arts has a reputation for showing the best of contemporary craft from throughout the UK, so we are excited to bring innovative and beautiful new work from South West Scotland down to South West England. Each year Upland selects between 80 and 100 artists and makers from Dumfries and Galloway to take part in Spring Fling. From this extraordinary selection of artists and makers, The Crafts Council and New Brewery Arts have chosen over 20 makers to showcase their work in the South West. These include printmakers, photographers, jewellers, ceramicists, sculptors and textile designers.
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New Brewery Arts is open Monday â€“ Saturday 9am till 5pm and Sunday 9.30am till 4pm. More information at www.newbreweryarts.org.uk
“They walked the tide line led by the echoes and voices among the debris sea worn fragments thrown across the beach by the storms blackened hand”
EDGE Let EDGE whisper to you of parted lovers, lost sailors and forgotten journeys. Coleman and Hodges intervene in the ancient conversation between land and sea, creating a ghost tideline along Carrick foreshore that reveals stories of arrivals, departures, of distance and loss.
Carrick Foreshore, Nr Knockbrex, Kirkudbright DG6 4UE EDGE is a public art project commissioned by Upland for Spring Fling 2017
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Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival Residency Artist in Residence Since 2010 this two-part residency has created a place for an artist to create new work through an intensive period working with Wigtown Book Festival. The work is then presented in an open studio setting in Wigtown for Spring Fling. This year we welcome Kate Timney who makes work about the relationship between humans and the natural world. Working across painting, drawing and printmaking, her recent work has drawn on ideas of wilderness and the sublime. Throughout Wigtown Book Festival 2016 Kate looked at peopleâ€™s responses to books that have changed them â€“ work which she has subsequently developed for her exhibition at Spring Fling.
Visit Kate in Wigtown (Studio 06, p18)
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Emerge This year we have awarded two Emerge bursaries which will see each young artist paired up with an experienced Upland artist or maker.
Now in its sixth year the programme is becoming a key part of the infrastructure for our next generation of artists and makers in Dumfries & Galloway. Through continued support by The Holywood Trust, the Archie Sutter Watt Trust and Creative Scotland, we are delighted to be able to support two young artists in 2017.
While creating new work, and taking part in Spring Fling, the recipients will also benefit from go & see trips, networking and training opportunities.
Morag MacPherson. Photo: Kim Ayres
Emerge is a nine month mentoring programme with a bursary of ÂŁ1000, for young artists.
Emerge Young Artists 2017 Luke Fitch (Studio 53, p45) Mentored by Katharine Wheeler
Rosie Reid (Studio 20, p26) Mentored by Morag Macpherson (Studio 16, p24)
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SATURDAY 27 MAY
During Spring Fling, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is in the first weekend of its ten day performing Arts Festival. Here are some recommendations for after the Spring Fling Studios shut their doors. Advanced booking is recommended. Tickets are available from the Midsteeple High Street, Dumfries, 01387 253383, online or at the door when available. www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
The Tinderbox Orchestra 7.30pm: Theatre Royal, Dumfries | £10/£5 U26 “Rave culture meets last night of the Proms” The Herald a game changing youth music project: The Tinderbox Orchestra has the approach of a band, a fusion of instruments & styles, and exciting original music. The Daleian Singers Male Choir In Concert with Robyn Stapleton 7.30pm: Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries | £10 Winners of The North Wales Choral Festival 2015 in concert with BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, 2014.
FRIDAY 26 MAY Karine Polwart: Wind Resistance 8.00pm: Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries | £22 / £11 U26 An immersive musical essay. A meditation on sanctuary. A moor walker’s journal. A personal memoir of maternity. An archaeology of flight science and football, medieval medicine and compassion. A wonder tale.
Mark Nelson with guest, Micky Bartlett 8.00pm: The Millennium Centre Stranraer | £12/£6 U26 Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses.
Mark Nelson with guest, Micky Bartlett 8.00pm: The Corner House, Annan | £12/£6 U26 Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses.
SUNDAY 28 MAY
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The Daleian Singers Male Choir In Concert with Robyn Stapleton 7.30pm: Penninghame St. John’s Church, Newton Stewart | £10 Winners of The North Wales Choral Festival 2015, in concert with BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, 2014.
Karine Polwart: Wind Resistance
Phil Hardie: Welcome My Son 7.30pm: Theatre Royal, Dumfries | £10/£5 U26 Circus acrobatics & physical theatre are taken to a dark place in this show which explores themes of isolation & prejudice. Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Suitable for 16+.
Artist Badges A key to the badges appearing on artists’ pages: SPRINGBACK
Our Springback Scheme provides the opportunity for artists who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway to take part in Spring Fling. Many grew up in the region, and some have lived or worked in Dumfries and Galloway in recent years. NEIGHBOUR
Our Neighbours Scheme was introduced in 2013 to strengthen our links with artists and makers from our neighbouring regions and allows a limited number of them to take part in Spring Fling in venues across the border from where they live and work. EMERGE
With continued support from The Holywood Trust and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust, Emerge, our Young Artists Programme awards a bursary and a period of mentoring to three recent graduates with a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Find out more about the programme on p11.
Each year in Spring since 2003, artists and makers in Dumfries & Galloway have opened their doors to visitors from around the world…
Our Mentoring Programme is linked to the Emerge, young artists’ bursary. Each mentor has dedicated time and professional expertise. Find out more about the programme, on p11. WIGTOWN RESIDENCY
Working with Wigtown Book Festival, each year Spring Fling hosts the second part of this residency. Find out more about the programme on p10. NEW STUDIOS
Photo: Colin Tennant
Brand new artists taking part in Spring Fling for the first time.
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We do much more than Spring Fling Open Studios each Spring. Upland also supports and provides opportunities for our artists and makers all year round through workshops, exhibitions, career development programmes and much more.
There are many ways to connect, interact, and keep in the loop with all things Spring Fling.
Become Our Friend!
Following updates on Spring Fling, our artists and our Upland year round activities on www.spring-fling.co.uk / www.weareupland.com
• Advance brochure
The Spring Fling Online Shop is open for business 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to purchase vouchers and order brochures.
• Discounts and offers in artists’ studios • Discount on the Bus Tours • Discounts with local businesses through Whilst in D&G
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Name(s): Email: Address: Please return this to the address below or sign up online at www.spring-fling.co.uk/friends Spring Fling is presented by Upland Arts Development CIC, an artist led notfor-profit company. The information you supply is secure and will not be passed on to third parties. When you sign up to be a Friend of Spring Fling, you will receive a welcome letter and Friendship card in the post, followed by regular e-newsletters.
Put Your Own Stamp On! Spring Fling offers exciting opportunities for business of all sizes to sponsor the most successful open studios event in Scotland. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with: Joanna Macaulay, Events & Exhibitions Manager E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07787 299487 Spring Fling is presented by Upland Arts Development CIC Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, Scotland DG1 1JO T: (01387) 213218 E: email@example.com W: www.spring-fling.co.uk
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01 PETER WAREING
Seymour House, 25 High Street, Port William, Newton Stewart DG8 9SL T: (01988) 700392 E: firstname.lastname@example.org @LisaHooper20 W: www.hoopoeprints.co.uk Lisa Hooper- Hoopoe Prints
16/18 George Street, Whithorn DG8 8NZ T: (01988) 500633 E: email@example.com W: www.peterwareingceramics.co.uk
Inspired by the wildlife and landscape of Scotland, my prints, in a variety of print media, are intended to resonate with the viewer. I use collagraph, etching, linocut, woodcut and other printing techniques to capture the essence of my subjects.
Producing mostly thrown pottery forms illustrated using images of objects found along the shore and in local forests. The compositions I create are based on the way the wind and the tide randomly assemble them. The end result often suggests a narrative open to interpretation.
what to expect: I have two presses in my well equipped print studio which I will be using throughout the weekend to demonstrate the techniques I use. A separate gallery will be hung with framed pieces of recent work alongside unframed prints, books and cards.
£10 worth of greetings cards with any non-card purchase.
directions: From Wigtown, take the road to Bladnoch. Cross the river and then turn right (B7085) to Port William. Seymour House is the first house on the right after the traffic calming. If you are coming from Stranraer, Seymour House is the last house in the village on the left on the Wigtown Road.
£3 - £600
recommendation: Tea, cake and coffee will be
available in our kitchen/garden throughout the weekend: proceeds to a local charity.
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what to expect: Examples of my work will be on show at different stages of production. My studio is situated in an eighteenth century cottage to the rear of our Georgian town house. There is a gallery space where various examples of finished pieces will be for sale.
10% discount on any purchase over £50 £7.50 - £500
directions: Turn south off the A75 at Newton Stewart on the A714 and follow the signs to Whithorn. At Bladnoch follow the A746. The studio gallery is in the centre of the town opposite the Central Cafe. recommendation: Whithorn Round House – A large replica Iron Age round house has been constructed forming part of the Whithorn Museum and Visitor Centre.
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107 George Street, Whithorn, DG8 8PZ T: (01988) 500066 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.mcgintyart.com kevan.mcginty1
The Bookshop, 17 North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HL T: (01671) 403767 E: email@example.com W: www.davybrown.com
My inspirations in painting are my intimate connection with the beautiful character of Scottish landscapes, and the mystery and beauty of space, light, colour and texture. All my works are acrylics based, the greatest of versatile mediums.
My work is inspired by the light, the colour and the forms of the Galloway landscape. I work outdoors whenever possible, gathering information in pastel and oil sketches, which I use indoors, stylising and inventing the finished paintings.
what to expect: Visitors will see the full range of my studio work, from small intimate studies to grander gallery pieces. My range of work encompasses both the lovingly representational and organic abstract explorations.
what to expect: My Spring Fling exhibition will consist of oil paintings, landscape and still life, as well, as high quality giclee prints of some of my originals. Also on sale will be cards and back-catalogues of past exhibitions.
10% for Friends of Spring Fling. 10% off multiple buys of paintings/framed prints £50 - £1200
directions: My studio is on the A746 that runs through the village of Whithorn. Coming from Wigtown direction I am on the right, up the hill and past the shops, and coming from Port William direction I am on the left before the shops. recommendation: Saint Ninian’s Cave – Just 5 minutes’ drive away this walk through beautiful woods to a splendid beach and atmospheric cave is uniquely beautiful.
£90 - £2500
directions: From the A75, take the exit towards Wigtown from the Newton Stewart roundabout. In Wigtown, pass the Primary School on the left, and at the T-junction, turn right. The Book Shop is 100 yards from the junction, on the right. recommendation: The Bookshop – The venue itself is the biggest in Scotland’s Book Town, housing one of the most varied collections in Scotland.
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05 KATE TIMNEY
NEW STUDIO / WIGTOWN RESIDENCY
Craigard Gallery, 13 North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HL T: 07903 044929 E: firstname.lastname@example.org sarahmakesprints SarahMakesPrints
Number 11, North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HM T: 07453 710004 E: email@example.com @KateTimney W: www.katetimney.co.uk kate_timney
Inspired by patterns and typography found within my environment, my work focuses on the creation of collage, print and surface pattern design to create a variety of contemporary artworks, handbound books and home furnishings using traditional printing methods.
I am an illustrator and visual artist. Working across painting and printmaking, I explore the relationship between people, presence and place and often incorporate elements of narrative. I have worked on numerous illustration commissions and run Beaumont Printshop, a small-scale publishing house.
what to expect: Visitors will be able to see my working studio, printing press and equipment. Sketchbooks and works in progress will be presented alongside finished work. I will demonstrate mono printing, relief printing and screen printing and visitors will have the opportunity to create their own prints.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £2.50 - £400
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what to expect: My space will act as a pop-up printmaking studio! Visitors can make a print and contribute to the collection of reinterpreted book covers created during my residency at Wigtown Book Festival. I will also be showing a series of prints made in response to WBF.
directions: Arriving in Wigtown on the A714 from Newton Stewart, turn right at the T-Junction onto North Main Street. Craigard Gallery is the second door on the right, next to the Engravers. recommendation: Craigard Gallery Coffee Bar –
Enjoy freshly roasted artisan coffee and a slice of cake in our pop-up third wave coffee bar.
directions: The venue is situated on New Road, directly behind the main building of Number 11. Parking is freely available around Wigtown Square. 10% for Friends of Spring Fling £50 - £300
recommendation: Glaisnock Café - delicious meals and home baking.
07 ANDY PRIESTMAN
Mochrum Park House, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, DG8 0BY T: (01671) 830285 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.kayribbens.co.uk
Minniwick, Bargrennan, Newton Stewart, DG8 6SS T: 07775 973732 E: email@example.com W: www.andypriestman.tumblr.com minniwick
I am interested in the concept of good design in contemporary living and attempt to create a continuous Collection of original distinctive hats of universal appeal. I make individual pieces of wearable sculpture, hand woven and finely detailed thus avoiding mass production.
Wheel thrown and wood fired porcelain and stoneware, with slips and glazes of rich depth and complexity. I make pots that are great to hold and use. My paintings are quiet and abstract, they are informed by my ceramics and nature.
what to expect: A warm welcome awaits in my large colourful country studio located in an unusual setting. Baskets of yarns, exhibition pieces, tools, sit amongst my new Collection of original, innovative, extraordinary, but very wearable hats and headwear. Old favourites, new designs. Large eccentrics, traditional berets.
directions: From Newton Stewart roundabout take A75 towards Stranraer. Then take 2nd left after hospital onto minor road. Stay on this road 5 miles until reaching B733, gates opposite. From Wigtown 10% discount for Friends take B733 towards Kirkcowan for 4 miles. Follow of Spring Fling. signs to Mochrum Park House. 10
£29 - £390
recommendation: Standing Stones of Torhouse – Ancient Stone Circle approx. 1 mile from my studio towards Wigtown.
what to expect: There will be pots at all stages of the process in the pottery, both pots and paintings exhibited in the studio. Outside tours of the kiln with some work exhibited around the kilnshed and garden areas, where visitors can wander and absorb the beautiful views.
A selection of small pots to choose from are available to Friends. Please bring Membership details. £12 - £1500
directions: From Newton Stewart take the A714 north for 7 miles. Turn right at Clachaneasy, keep straight on for 2 miles. Minniwick is a right hand turn directly after a sign for Holm Farm. From the Girvan direction, turn left at Bargrennan, then right just beyond Glen Trool village and right again just before the bridge and the Visitor Centre. Minniwick is the first road end on the left. recommendation: Glentrool Visitor Centre – Trail head for walks and bike rides with a café and toilets next to the beautiful Water of Trool. Spring Fling 2017 19
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09 CAROLINE MCQUISTIN
NEW STUDIO / NEIGHBOUR
Mill on the Fleet, 65 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS T: (02844) 831199 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.alganarts.com alganarts
Mill on the Fleet, 65 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS T: 07491 311144 E: email@example.com carolinemcquistin W: www.carolinemcquistinphotography.com carolineandhercamera
I print lino cuts on Irish linen and sew small pieces of fabric together to create larger images of traditional farmhouses and cottages. The colours, patterns and changing seasons of the countryside are my inspiration.
Caroline is an Edinburgh based photographer originally from a farm near Stranraer. Caroline works with both digital and analogue photography, creating images of a documentary style, telling stories through photography.
what to expect: Visitors will get an insight to the way I work from cutting the lino to piecing together the final image with lots of tiny stitching and embroidery.
what to expect: In her studio there will be examples of the photo series Caroline has created in the past year as well as prints from her travels around America. Caroline has a rich portfolio of Landscapes. When creating these images, she researches the history and facts about the location to channel an essence of it into her imagery.
directions: Take the A75 west towards Stranraer. Follow this for about 30 miles, turning on to the A727 towards Gatehouse of Fleet. Follow this road in to the town. The Mill is situated over the bridge on your left 10% discount for Friends hand side. of Spring Fling on purchases over £40. £2 - £600
recommendation: Café, Mill on the Fleet – Great home baking, soups and sandwiches. Sit on the terrace by the river, polite dogs welcome!
£25 - £75
directions: Take the A75 west towards Stranraer. Follow this for about 30 miles, turning on to the A727 towards Gatehouse of Fleet. Follow this road in to the town. The Mill is situated over the bridge on your left hand side. recommendation: Cream o’ Galloway, Rainton – A great stop for award winning ice cream!
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11 ALISTAIR HAMILTON
The Laundry, Kirkandrews, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4UB T: (01557) 870003 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross Cottage, Ross Bay, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TR T: 07970 825264 E: email@example.com alistairh W: www.alistairhamilton.co.uk
I currently make works sourced from the local shoreline: abstract paintings using paint I make from rocks and clays, plus tiny containers woven from salvaged plastic. By Spring Fling I hope to have reconciled the natural pigments with the bright synthetics of the fishing-industry discards.
I make photographs that show pattern, detail and texture. My subjects range from tiny features that people do not notice to whole landscapes, but it is always the details that are important to me. I like to show how things appear different when photographed.
what to expect: All stages of processing rocks to paints to paintings and reclaimed rubbish to finely crafted artefacts. Plus tea & cakes and some friendly chat about the theory and practice of creating artworks directly from the local environment.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £10 - £1000
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directions: From Borgue village take the turning past the church towards Carrick. After 2 miles turn left just before a small bridge. Pass the tiny Kirkandrews Kirk on your left, and The Laundry is on the left straight after it. recommendation: Kirkandrews Kirk – A unique miniature kirk with Arts & Crafts influence, specially open for Spring Fling. Also walks on the beach.
what to expect: A friendly welcome to a studio by the sea with coffee and cake. Lots of work to see from cards to framed work. Demonstrations of digital image processing and printing. Visitors can try the techniques and can bring their own digital images to work with.
£2.50 - £300
directions: Turn South off B727 1.5m east of Borgue signposted Brighouse Bay and Ross Bay. After 3/4m, turn first left signposted Ross Bay. Follow the road 1.5m down to the bay. There will be lots of signs and arrows to follow. recommendation: Coastal Walks – Walk or drive round beautiful Ross Bay then walk to look over to Little Ross Island and Alan Stevenson’s lighthouse.
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The Smithy, Culdoach Road, Tongland, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4LU T: (01557) 330415 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.AndersonsArt.co.uk
9 Bourtree Crescent, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4AX T: 07796 506349 E: email@example.com W: www.rossfulton.com @fulton_66
I have developed a very individual approach to mosaic, often fusing hand-moulded materials with more traditional combinations to create embossed surfaces in screens and wall pieces. I am interested in making virtual symbols into visual messages. I favour the Picts above the Romans!
Recently I have been making paintings of transient scenes within Dumfries and Galloway. I hope to use this form of painting to give an extended life to otherwise fleeting moments.
what to expect: I will be exhibiting finished drawings and paintings as well as works in progress, sketchbooks and photographs.
what to expect: Visitors will see experimental works in progress together with some more traditional pieces for sale and exhibition with accompanying prints and illustrations. Examples of materials and tools will be displayed for children and adults, and a slide-show of Smithy Studio work.
£25 - £6000
directions: Coming from Dumfries take the A75 towards Stranraer. Turn off onto the A711 to Kirkcudbright. Continue for three miles, Culdoach Road is on the left, just before Tongland Power Station. Continue over the small bridge to the first house on the right. Go through large side gate accessed by a small road to the studio. recommendation: The Schoolhouse, Ringford – Excellent snacks and meals, open daily (except Weds.) at 10 am, with High Tea, and free Wi-Fi.
10% discount on all purchases. £40 - £1000
directions: Entering Kirkcudbright from the A711 over Tongland bridge continue on to St Mary’s Street then take the first right after the tennis courts onto Barrhill Road. Take the next right onto Bourtree Avenue then right again onto Bourtree Cresent. recommendation: Kirkcudbright Tennis Club – Friendly and well looked after tennis club. Court hire is available from the Stewartry museum on St Mary’s Street - take first left after tennis courts.
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15 MORAG MACPHERSON
WASPS Studio Garden, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: (07803) 228504 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk
Studio 2, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: (01557) 331968 E: email@example.com @MMTextiles W: www.moragmacpherson.com Morag Macpherson Textiles
I continue to work on varied commissions. My style is tending towards the architectural, with the inclusion of glass and steel. I am pushing the boundaries with the use of glass in my work, creating extraordinary pieces of practical, minimalist furniture.
I create surface patterns which are digitally applied to textiles. I research behind each pattern’s story which is integral to the finished work. I’m influenced by art history, different cultures and Galloway. I enjoy photography and often work with my own images.
what to expect: I will be in the garden at WASPS again this year and will be showing the development of my plinth design in all its many and varied forms, from its very early stages to current incarnations.
what to expect: Inside and out of my studio there is colour everywhere! Exciting patterns applied to cushions, scarves and my artwear range of kimono coats and robes. Work in progress adorning the walls – photography, paintings, press clippings and evidence of a recent residency and other projects.
5% discount on sales during Spring Fling. £350 - £6000
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directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council car park – access to the garden is through the wall to the right. recommendation: Polarbites Fish Restaurant – A wide choice of quality fish and seafood dishes including fabulous fish suppers – dine in or take away.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £30 - £500
directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council car park – access to the garden is through the wall to the right. recommendation: Brambles Delicatessen – Sells fine foods, cheese, local produce, world foods, home baking at 48 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DN.
17 CLAIRE CAMERON-SMITH
Studio 4, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07815 528827 E: firstname.lastname@example.org maggieayresart W: www.maggieayres.co.uk maggieayres
Studio 8, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07967 327564 E: email@example.com W: www.cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk
I am in love with all the processes that go into a finished piece! Working over numerous layers with molten beeswax, tree resin and oils allows for expressive immediacy, shaped by preparatory sketches and some sense of direction as I build stories.
Japanese woodblock techniques and tools (carving knives, chisels and printing presses) are the vital common denominator in my various printmaking methods, whilst the carving medium, ink type, inking method, and papers vary with each print.
what to expect: As well as ongoing demonstrations of melting, painting, incising and fusing, each morning I will be unwrapping paper and fabric from rust-printing set up the previous day. It is always a surprise and the results are ever different!
what to expect: Visitors will see a wide selection of my original, hand-pulled prints from both limited and open editions, both framed and unframed. The tools and materials used to make these prints will be on show to aid an understanding of my printmaking processes.
directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the 10% discount for Friends council car park – access to the garden is through the of Spring Fling. wall to the right. 6
£25 - £1500
recommendation: Solway Tide Cafe Bay – 16 St Cuthbert Street. Good, strong fairtrade coffee.
10% discount on prints for Friends of Spring Fling. £5 - £450
directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council car park – access to the garden is through the wall to the right. recommendation: The Masonic Arms, Castle Street, Kirkcudbright – A great real ale pub with a wide selection of world beers to choose from too.
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19 ROSIE REID
Studio 9, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07985 770131 E: firstname.lastname@example.org littledotcreations W: www.littledotcreations.com littledotuk littledotcreations
Studio 10, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07493 059614 E: email@example.com Colour Rosie W: www.colourrosie.co.uk colourrosie
Armed with my tiny pens, I create my illustrations using thousands of little dots and circles. I draw inspiration from my love of children’s stories, fairy tales and my life growing up in rural Dumfries and Galloway.
My love of nature is the main inspiration for Colour Rosie. Finding unique shapes and textures on nature walks around Dumfries & Galloway, I create colourful abstract textiles to brighten up people’s homes and wardrobes.
what to expect: Visitors can expect to find me working on new artworks and my first Little Dot book. My studio will include original artwork, limited edition prints and a wide range of greeting cards and quirky illustrated gifts.
what to expect: Visitors can expect to see the process behind my textiles, mostly in the form of sketchbooks, collages and paintings. They can also take part in my “Trail” colouring in book and have a go at making a colourful collage.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £2.50 - £375
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directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council car park – access to the garden is through the wall to the right. recommendation: Galloway Wildlife Conservation
Park – Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals amongst 27 acres of mixed woodland.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £3 - £300
directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council car park – access to the garden is through the wall to the right. recommendation: Mulberries – A lovely place to visit for lunch, generous portions and free coffee refills too!
21 HEATHER M NISBET
Studio 14, WASPS Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07531 939697 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fox Hole, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4XD T: 07712 131455 E: email@example.com heathermnisbet W: www.heathermnisbet.com heather.m.nisbet.art
When creating my digital artwork I work from my own sketches and photographs, utilising sophisticated software programs to transform the original image into a digital form, or I create digitally purely from scratch with my imagination as the source material.
My paintings are produced in the studio from a combination of on site sketches, photographs and imagination. Generally the finished works don’t represent any particular scene but I hope that viewers will find them appealing and evocative of the local landscapes and fishing harbours.
what to expect: I will be exhibiting my latest animal themed artworks as well as a selection of my other work. I am also planning to set up a monitor where visitors can view a short film demonstrating how I created one of my anatomy-based digital paintings.
directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right into Daar Road. The WASPS Studios are at the end of the council 10% discount for Friends car park – access to the garden is through the wall to of Spring Fling. the right.
what to expect: Original paintings, framed prints and cards are for sale, with the experience (hopefully) enhanced by country garden views and some gentle background music. Many of last year’s art lovers enjoyed the Beach Boys, Dr Feelgood and the Bay City Rollers, but there’s something for everyone!
£6 - £750
recommendation: Town Walk – Take the circular walk around Kirkcudbright, starting in the Harbour Square and finishing with a stroll through Barhill Woods.
£2.50 - £1350
directions: Travel south on the main road out of Kirkcudbright (A711 – a continuation of St.Mary Street). The studio is on the right hand side of the road, before you reach the national speed limit (end of 30mph) sign. recommendation: Rhubarb – St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright. A light filled, welcoming and stylish contemporary homeware and gifts shop.
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23 JENNIE ASHMORE
Bankhead, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4QP T: 07703 170029 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.urpusellarceramics.co.uk
61 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, DG1 7QU T: (01556) 640566 E: email@example.com leafworks W: www.leafworks.co.uk
I do multimedia ceramics with a humorous twist. The works have a pun or wordplay as a title. I hope my works cheer up your day.
Leafworks are created using pressed leaves and flowers collected from woods and gardens. I sometimes use watercolour which I combine with the dried materials. Everything I do has, at its heart, my love of the natural world.
what to expect: My studio is a working one, with all stages of making. It has the materials, inspirations, found and bought objects still waiting to be incorporated into works.
£2 - £750
what to expect: I will show visitors, by demonstrating all the processes, how I complete my work, including my collection of pressed materials. This year I will be back in my studio and I am intending to open my garden, weather permitting, for people to view.
directions: On the A711, three miles from Auchencairn, one mile from Dundrennan. recommendation: The Crown and Anchor, Dundrennan – A café with good coffee, home baking, soup and they do amazing breakfasts.
directions: I am situated at the top of Main Street, on the right, opposite the bus stop, just off the A711. 10% discount on Leafworks. £2 - £500
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recommendation: Dundrennan Abbey – The beautiful ruins of the abbey [Historic Scotland] and the new tea room in Dundrennan on the A711.
25 JANET IBBOTSON
8 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 1QU T: (01556) 640161 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Trevor Leat W: www.trevorleat.co.uk
5 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 1QU T: (01556) 640552 E: email@example.com W: www.janetibbotson.co.uk
I make figurative sculpture using willow and other coppiced material which I grow and harvest annually. Once seasoned, I weave the slender rods to create flowing figures which are sometimes of large scale. I also design and make carrying baskets and creels using traditional techniques.
I design and make tailored clothes in tweeds, and also give the customer many colour options and different finishes. I paint using watercolour and turn the results into embroidery for sheer cashmere scarves. I am experimenting more with printed designs. Watch this space.
what to expect: As you enter my workshop you will be aware of the lovely fragrance of willow. I will be demonstrating various weaving techniques when time and space allow and I will be happy to chat. There will be some smaller sculptures and new baskets for sale.
what to expect: In the studio which is at the end of a pretty garden there will be garments to see, scarves a plenty and mountains of fabrics and fabric swatches from which to choose as well as all the tools of my trade.
directions: From Dalbeattie (A711), turn right after The Old Smugglers Inn. The workshop is 100yards up the hill on your left at the junction with Spout Row. From Kirkcudbright (A711), turn left down Main Street after the primary school. The workshop is half way down Main Street on your right.
directions: On the A711 near the bottom of the village set slightly lower than the road. Crisp green paintwork blends the house into the garden. Entrance through a five bar gate. The studio is shaded by a large Yew tree.
£20 - £5000
recommendation: Cliff walk at Balcary Bay –
Take the Shore Road from Auchencairn, park near the hotel and follow signed footpath to view the cliffs.
£135 - £750
recommendation: Balcary Country House Hotel – Book a table overlooking the bay, and enjoy a good meal.
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27 ALAN BROCKBANK
Studio 1, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SX T: 07532 230065 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.suzannestuartdavies.co.uk
Studio 2, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SX T: 07542 186850 E: email@example.com @ajbncle W: www.alanjbrockbank.co.uk
My paintings derive from journey books, made after walks, which stimulate ideas and provide imagery, absorbed both consciously and subconsciously. Observation combines with memory and imagination, shaped and influenced by poetry, history, philosophy and the work of other artists and writers.
I work with kiln-formed fused glass using variously translucent, opalescent and dichroic glass and inclusions, often with strong colour contrast. Pieces produced are decorative: some designed for everyday use and others purely for artistic and sculptural effect.
what to expect: My workspace will be a ‘pop-up’ studio this year – with art materials and the journey books, alongside paintings for sale and new work.
10% off paintings for Friends of Spring Fling. £75 - £750
directions: From A75 take turn to Rhonehouse. Left in village (Craig Terr) then right 1/4 mile further on. Lochdougan House is 2 miles further along on right up tree lined avenue. From Kirkcudbright or Gelston take B 727 and follow signs. recommendation: Threave Estate Walks – Park at Threave Garden & follow the marked path on to Kelton Mains Visitor Centre and spectacular Threave Castle.
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what to expect: A working studio with completed work and work in progress as well as reference material, machinery and tools of the art to see together with cutting glass, preparing for firing and post-firing operations explained. Maybe you can try glass cutting!
10% discount for Spring Fling Friends on marked items. £9.50 - £190
directions: From A75 take turn to Rhonehouse. Left in village (Craig Terr) then right 1/4 mile further on. Lochdougan House is 2 miles further along on right up tree lined avenue. From Kirkcudbright or Gelston take B 727 and follow signs. recommendation: Broughton House and Garden – (NTS) High St Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX. Home of painter E.A. Hornel: studio & lovely travel-inspired garden.
FITCH & MCANDREW
29 HAZEL CAMPBELL
Studio 3, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SX T: (01556) 680220 E: firstname.lastname@example.org fitchandmcandrew W: www.fitchandmcandrew.co.uk @hannahmcandrew fitchandmcandrew
Studio 4, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SX T: (01556) 680214 E: email@example.com Hazel Campbell W: www.hazelcampbell.com @hazelkcampbell
As partners we work with the same limited raw materials and use the same techniques of throwing and press molding, slip decorating and firing with both our wood and electric kilns. The pots that we create however carry our own individual identities and characteristics.
I work in a loose, bold style with Galloway landscape, interesting roadsides and our garden being the main source of ideas. I have to constantly remind myself that it is all about paint, not the subject!
what to expect: During the weekend, as time allows, we will be demonstrating the various aspects of our making. We plan to be firing the wood fired kiln on one of the days of Spring Fling so visitors can see the kiln in action.
directions: From A75 take turn to Rhonehouse. Left in village (Craig Terr) then right 1/4 mile further on. Lochdougan House is 2 miles further along on right up tree lined avenue. From Kirkcudbright or Gelston take 10% discount for Friends B 727 and follow signs.
what to expect: Visitors to my studio, which was converted from an old byre, can see recent work and all the materials used on the journey. The usual clutter on shelves and window sills show the things that stimulate my imagination.
of Spring Fling. £10 - £680
recommendation: Momtaz Indian Lounge, Castle Douglas – Excellent curry house, no sauces from tins here, everything is delicious and cooked from scratch.
Free gift of my brochure, and pack of greetings cards. £200 - £850
directions: From A75 take turn to Rhonehouse. Left in village (Craig Terr) then right 1/4 mile further on. Lochdougan House is 2 miles further along on right up tree lined avenue. From Kirkcudbright or Gelston take B 727 and follow signs. recommendation: Earth’s Crust Bakery – Wonderful new artisan bakery on St Andrew Street in Castle Douglas DG7 1EN. Top quality!
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31 ANGELA LAWRENCE
Visitor Centre, Threave Garden and Estate, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS T: 07595 465258 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.lucyhadley.com @lucyswarbler
Clience Studio, 212 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS T: 07902 301883 E: email@example.com @cliencestudio W: www.cliencestudio.co.uk angelalawrencecliencestudio
I am an illustrator whose love for the natural world is often reflected in my personal work. I use a variety of materials to create my visual language and enjoy mixing traditional mark-making techniques with modern digital practices.
I find and paint beautiful places around me, where mood, light, foreground or shoreline interest and alluring horizons intrigue. I love walking coastal and mountain paths, ever vigilant for aspects to conjure up and share by strong attention to light, and naturalistic, vibrantly fresh colour.
what to expect: For this year’s Spring Fling my work will have a strong focus on Threave Garden and Estate. Look for my illustrated map that pinpoints the inspiration for much of this year’s work to date. My sketchbooks of Threave and elsewhere will also be on display.
directions: From Dumfries take the A75 towards Stranraer. Taking the turn off on to the B736, follow this road for about a mile, turning right onto the Old Military 10% discount for Friends Road. Follow signs for Threave Gardens and Estate and of Spring Fling. Spring Fling signs. My studio is in the building with the £2.50 - £300 visitor centre and cafe.
what to expect: Newest Galloway seascapes – accessible to “secret” places. Equipment, references, and progress of a painting (live or recorded). Contrasting colour in latest landscapes inspired by high walks on Lake District Fells and Galloway Hills, where atmosphere and high drama reign. Drying-rack bargains and a Competition!
directions: From Dumfries or Stranraer take A75, enter castle Douglas by the B736 or by A713 from Ayr/Auchencairn. Clience Studio is under the tall clocktower,lower end of town. It’s on the corner of King Street at it’s crossroads with A713 Ayr/ Auchencairn.
recommendation: Threave Garden and Cafe – Enjoy a bite to eat in the Cafe then head out for a stretch on the lovely Threave Estate Walk.
Spring Fling Friends will receive a 15% discount on selected paintings and prints. Open to All: recommendation: Red Kite Trail – Situated around Competition to invent a Loch Ken. For information on where to start the trail title for a newly unveiled painting: best title wins a visit www.gallowaykitetrail.com. signed print (choice of 10). £30 - £3500 Spring Fling 2017 33
33 RUTH LAIRD
NEW STUDIO / SPRINGBACK
Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Market Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1BE T: 07791 633374 E: firstname.lastname@example.org michalsurphotography W: www.michalsur.sk
Ernmenzie Bungalow, Castle Douglas, DG7 2NX T: 07732 586797 E: email@example.com RuthLairdJewellery W: www.ruthlaird.com @RUTHLAIRD ruthlaird_
I specialise in B&W infrared photography, a technique that uses light invisible to the human eye. It enhances contrast and creates surreal effects. I look for contrast and simplicity and my inspiration comes from nature. I use long exposures to emphasise contrast between static and moving subjects.
Inspired by weathered textures, distorted perspectives and architectural details, I experiment with shape compositions and surface finishes to create wearable sculptures using silver, gold and spray paint.
what to expect: In 2016 I started working on my new project “Galloway Ruins”. I will present some of the images from this collection. There will also be some of my older work as well as images that have not been previously exhibited.
10% discount on framed photographs to Friends of Spring Fling. £1 - £300
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directions: Driving from Dumfries (A75) enter Castle Douglas via A745. The gallery is situated next to the Information Centre just before you enter the town centre at the top end of King Street. The gallery is adjacent to the Library. recommendation: Carlingwark Loch – Only few
hundred yards from the gallery. Three miles long footpath around the loch is ideal for birdwatching and relaxation.
what to expect: Over the weekend I will be demonstrating the various tools and techniques involved in my work, alongside showcasing a range of new pieces.
15% off for Friends of Spring Fling. £45 - £900
directions: From Castle Douglas, head out of town on Dunmuir Road, passing Castle Douglas High School. At the crossroads turn left onto B795 towards Laurieston, the venue is half a mile down this road on the right. recommendation: The View – Visitors can enjoy views of the hills and surrounding countryside and skies.
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The Gallery at Laurieston, Laurieston, Castle Douglas, DG7 2PW T: (01644) 450235 E: firstname.lastname@example.org galleryatlaurieston W: www.pmcphotography.co.uk @galleryphil
Bennan Bank, Mossdale, Castle Douglas, DG7 2NG T: (01644) 450552 E: email@example.com @JoGallant1 W: www.jogallant.co.uk Jo Gallant – Studio Textiles
Scotland’s glory! This is my muse – this is what I aim to capture. Those fleeting moments, those instants of pleasure, those searched-for places which move and resonate within. It’s a tortuous game of patience sometimes but worth the effort always. The journey continues!
My love of colour and texture is evident in my work which combines fabrics ranging from fine translucent silks to rich cotton velvets which I hand dye. I then use a variety of techniques to create pieces inspired by my surrounding landscape and its wildlife.
what to expect: Visitors to my gallery can expect to be presented with work which depicts Scotland and her moods and faces. The gallery always offers a warm welcome and an ever-changing display of work which is beautifully presented to reflect the beauty we are surrounded by.
10% discount under £100. 15% discount for over £100. £20 - £500
directions: From Castle Douglas, left off A713 (at Greenlaw) onto B795 through Glenlochar to Laurieston. At village crossroads straight through onto C13 (Gatehouse Rd) – gallery at laurieston situated on right after 100yards. recommendation: The C13 Road to Gatehouse of
Fleet – glory. A road which captures Galloway and Scotland perfectly – deciduous & coniferous woodland, moorland, views, picnic areas, flora & fauna – wonderful!
what to expect: I will have cushions, scarves and wall-hangings for sale along with work in progress, photos, design-work and explanations of materials and technical process. Visitors can also use my fabric to decorate their own cotton bag to take away for just £5.
10% discount on cushions for Friends of Spring Fling. £25 - £1500
directions: On the A762, one mile north of Mossdale and 4 miles south of New Galloway, between the end of the Raiders Road and the Bennan viewpoint but on the opposite side of the road. recommendation: Stroan Loch – With a nice picnic spot can be reached by car along the Raiders Road or by foot along the old railway-line from Mossdale.
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37 SUSAN MCKAY
Bennan Bank, Mossdale, Castle Douglas, DG7 2NG T: 07707 714644 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.bethwatsondesign.co.uk @bethwatson_
Craigmore, Parton, Castle Douglas, DG7 3NL T: (01643) 470093 E: email@example.com W: www.susanmckay.co.uk
I am a Scottish designer working from my studio on the west coast of Scotland and find endless inspiration in my local landscape and architecture. Using predominantly precious metal and gemstones, I develop a sleek and structured geometric aesthetic that creates timeless, stylish jewellery and tableware.
I look, listen, smell, feel and absorb the environment around me. Somewhere between the ‘outer’ and the ‘inner’, there is a resonance that transforms these into colours, images, designs and artworks. The creative excitement is all encompassing. A passion that I hope I express.
what to expect: At my pop-up studio, visitors will be welcomed to see a wide body of work including jewellery, tableware and samples. There will also be a selection of tools and equipment on display with the chance to have a go at some activities.
what to expect: In the workshop, I’ll be demonstrating and encouraging everyone to try cutting glass. There will be examples of the processes, design source books, slide shows of my own and students work and of course the Gallery. Visitors will also have a chance to discuss my courses.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £15 - £2500
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directions: On the A762, one mile north of Mossdale and 4 miles south of New Galloway, between the end of the Raiders Road and the Bennan viewpoint but on the opposite side of the road. recommendation: The CatStrand Café – A brilliant contemporary performance, art and meeting space where you can plan your route in the cosy cafe.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £20 - £5000
directions: From the A75, take the Ayr road north for 7 miles. At Parton, turn right at the row of pretty houses and drive for about half a mile till you come to a dead end sign. TAKE THIS ROAD, and follow the signs. recommendation: Designs Gallery and Cafe, Castle Douglas – This is a lovely place for lunch and more art!!
39 PAMELA GRACE
Pipers Forge, 4 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, DG7 3HQ T: (01556) 650513 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.pipersforge.com
The Bothy, 23 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, DG7 3HQ T: (01556) 650498 E: email@example.com W: www.pamelagrace.co.uk
As a proud holder of the title “Eminent Master Blacksmith”, I create individually designed contemporary hot forged metal work for architectural and sculptural use made using both modern and time honoured techniques.
I am an artist and printmaker. Much of my work is based on drawing, preferably working outside, capturing seasonal changes in the Galloway countryside. Alongside wider landscapes, I look at details of hedgerows, gardens and allotments.
what to expect: Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a working forge, eighteenth century processes enhanced by an array of 21st century equipment. Demonstrations of hot forging steel and a slide show will be ongoing for the entire event.
what to expect: Work on display will include a new selection of paintings in watercolour, pen and ink, a wide range of new and recent etchings and original lithographic prints. Sketchbooks and visual information on techniques and working methods will be on show, along with my etching press.
directions: From Springholm on the A75 follow signs to Kirkpatrick Durham the forge is up an alley on the right hand side just before the cross roads. recommendation: Kirkpatrick Durham hall – The legendary baking and soup making skills of the village will be available to purchase throughout the whole event.
10% discount on selected Spring Fling prints. £45 - £600
directions: From Springholm village on the A75, follow signposts for Kirkpatrick Durham. 23 Victoria Street is just over half way up the village on the left hand side – a short narrow lane leads to the bothy which sits on the recreation field just off Victoria Street. There is also flat, tarmacked access from Church Road for wheelchair users and limited vehicular access for less able visitors this way. recommendation: Pop-up Cafe, Village Hall – Great food and coffee, run by local community in aid of village charities. Spring Fling 2017 37
41 AMANDA SIMMONS
33 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, DG7 3HQ T: 07789 348477 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Clare Dawdry - WeMakePots W: www.wemakepots.com @wemakepots wemakepots
Rosebank, Corsock, Castle Douglas, DG7 3DN T: 07777 684546 E: email@example.com @cameoengraving W: www.amandasimmons.co.uk Amanda Simmons Glass
I make useful pots that are well crafted and a pleasure to use. Bowls, mugs, vases and jugs are the foundation of my practice and provide infinite possibilities in exploring clarity of form and functionality. The decoration is quietly evocative of local land and seascapes.
My recent work stems from two intense weeks spent on residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. I worked with the Environmental Research Institute, based in Thurso, investigating the impact of sustainable energy on sea life and the peat restoration programmes in The Flow Country.
what to expect: As well as my finished pots, expect to see demonstrations and examples of work in various stages of production.
what to expect: This year’s Spring Fling will feature a collection of preliminary work and samples made for my first major solo show at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, throughout July. Natalie and I are once again working on a collaborative project, this time examining our working practices.
Free pocket sized pot for the first 10 Friends of Spring Fling. £8 - £250
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directions: From Springholm village on the A75, follow signposts for Kirkpatrick Durham. 33 Victoria Street is half way up the village on the left hand side. recommendation: Pop-up Café in village hall – Serving excellent soup and raising money in aid of village charities.
£20 - £1500
directions: From the A75 at Crocketford take the A712 signposted New Galloway, Balmaclellan and Corsock (6miles). We are in the middle of the village at the white house opposite the bus stop and phonebox. recommendation: Lochenkit Loch – A water reservoir on the A712 from Corsock to Dumfries, 2 miles from the studio.
Spring Fling 2016 | The Facts 40,549 visits / 13,516 unique visitors 51% of Visitors came from outwith D&G
Rosebank, Corsock, Castle Douglas, DG7 3DN T: (01644) 420634 E: firstname.lastname@example.org NatalieVardey W: www.natalievardey.com NatalieVardey
Over £1.5 million generated for regional economy
Things I love: well designed bits of engineering, making simple shapes into complex forms, frosted silver and the warmth of polished gold, attention to detail, working in fine silver, necklaces of lustrous pearls, brooches, and a good play on the radio. what to expect: A cheery welcome! A rare opportunity to see a comprehensive collection of my work, with illustrations of special commissions, tools, techniques, work in progress at a replica of my workspace, astonishing results of another winter’s collaboration with Amanda, and (surprise, surprise) strawberry tarts.
Special gift for Friends of Spring Fling. £15 – £850
directions: Amanda’s studio is in the centre of Corsock (A712 Balmaclellan/New Galloway to Crocketford), opposite the bus stop and phone box. recommendation: Designs Gallery Café – Great coffee, good food, a conservatory and a lovely garden. 179, King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ. T: 01556 504552.
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44 CHRISTINE HESTER SMITH
Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford, Dalbeattie, DG5 4LE T: (01505) 843764 E: email@example.com Wendy Kershaw Ceramics W: www.wendykershaw.org @Wendy_Kershaw
Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford, Dalbeattie, DG5 4LE T: (01556) 620695 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.christinehestersmith.co.uk http://barnbarrochpottery.blogspot.co.uk
I use clay to tell stories, drawing into porcelain with needles, to create detailed and unique panels. I illustrate lines from poems, and my own narratives, such as the tea and coffee angels who fly in, ready to pour, just when you need them to.
I am happiest when absorbed in a new idea, often working intuitively and solving problems as I go along. Whether it is one of my larger illustrative pieces or a simple slip decorated mug, I devote the same amount of love and attention to each.
what to expect: A warm welcome to a working pottery, with its own gallery, complete with the fresh smell of coffee and flapjacks. I’ll be showing my work at the different stages of its making, from first sketches, through four firings to the finished wall hanging panels.
what to expect: You will find a well-loved ceramic studio, full of pottery gadgets and equipment, where I will be delighted to share my ideas and inventions with you over coffee and flapjack. Finished work will be displayed in the gallery, the courtyard and the garden.
A brooch with each piece bought for Friends of Spring Fling. £30 - £1400
directions: The studio is three miles from Dalbeattie on the A710 coast road, on the T-junction to Kippford. Look out for the Barnbarroch Pottery sign. recommendation: Summer seat – For a stunning view across the estuary take a walk up Barnbarroch Lane in Dalbeattie Forest to the Summer seat.
Friends who make a purchase can choose a penguin and a greetings card.
directions: The studio is three miles from Dalbeattie on the A710 coast road, on the T-junction to Kippford. Look out for the Barnbarroch Pottery sign. recommendation: The Tee Room, Kippford – A warm friendly tea room with home baking.
£15 - £1500
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46 AILSA BLACK
The Rockcliffe Gallery, Baron’s Craig Hotel. Rockcliffe, DG5 4QF T: (01556) 630262 E: email@example.com JohnThrelfallWildlifeArt W: www.johnthrelfall.co.uk
Kirkbean Village Hall, Kirkbean, Dumfries, DG2 8DW T: 07789 128833 E: firstname.lastname@example.org ailsablackart W: www.ailsablack.com ailsablackart
To draw and paint directly from the natural world is my way of connecting with and celebrating the existence of the other species, with which we share this planet. Many pieces are finished ‘on the spot’, others become essential reference for my studio paintings.
My art is inspired by living on the beautiful Galloway coast and my love of wildlife and animals. Each painting is created using a carefully selected palette of colours to create images which capture the happiness and simplicity of the good things in life.
what to expect: Sketchbooks and portfolios of field work from recent travels at home and abroad will be available as well as unframed studies, sketches, finished gallery paintings, books and cards etc. I will be working at the easel over the weekend.
what to expect: Original paintings will be for sale as well as a large choice of cards, mounted and framed prints, mugs, calendars and gifts. Look out for work in progress and the children’s drawing corner. There will be a free prize draw to win an original painting.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £30 - £800
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directions: Take the Dumfries-Dalbeattie coast road, the A710. At Colvend take the road signposted to Rockcliffe and follow the brown tourist signs and the Spring Fling arrows to the Gallery. recommendation: Footpath to Castle Point – A lovely
coastal walk from the village to the site of an ancient fort, giving superb views of the Solway.
£10 - £1000
directions: Follow the A710 coast road to Kirkbean. Turn into Kirkbean village following the road signs for Carsethorn. Take the first road immediately on your right. After 50m you will see Kirkbean Village Hall on your right and the studio is located inside. recommendation: Village Hall Cafe – The local community will be running a lovely cafe in the hall serving hot soup, sandwiches and delicious homemade cake.
48 LAURA HUDSON MACKAY
Kindar Mill, New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8EH T: (01387) 850314 E: email@example.com
Abbots Tower, New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8HH T: (01387) 850239 E: firstname.lastname@example.org LHMphotoLRPS W: www.laurahudsonmackay.co.uk @LHMphotoLRPS
The work is thrown in stoneware and richly decorated. Over many years motifs are developed and distilled from observation of the natural world and incorporated into personal narratives. Surfaces are built up using layers of glazes and oxides with an additional firing of gold lustre.
Using analogue and digital cameras, I work in black and white, which gives a raw sense of beauty. I then hand-print much of my work in the darkroom. Inspired by Time and Threshold, I strive to create a complex simplicity, reflecting esoteric spirit and culture.
what to expect: I will present a body of decorative work in my house with a new range of kitchen/tableware and work-in-progress on display in my garden studio. I will explain processes and techniques as well as the background and history of the work and Kindar Mill itself.
directions: From Dumfries follow the A710. Enter the village of New Abbey, passing Sweetheart Abbey on your left. Then take the first right into the Church drive. 10% discount for Friends Kindar Mill is on the left past the Church. of Spring Fling. recommendation: Shambellie Walled Garden, £75 - £400 Beeswing Road – A beautifully restored walled garden on the outskirts of New Abbey. 4
what to expect: A working photographic studio, darkroom and gallery. New hand-printed work from the Visions of Time series, along with images from a recent trip to the Sahara Desert. Photography demonstrations and workbooks. Cake and refreshments, in the setting of a restored 16th Century Border Tower House.
directions: From Dumfries, follow the A710. Just before the village of New Abbey, turn left and follow signs for Landis Farm. Take the driveway to the right of Landis farm entrance. Abbots Tower is situated behind 10% discount for Friends the farm. 8
of Spring Fling. £25 - £500
recommendation: Shambellie House – New Abbey, DG2 8HQ. B-Listed Scots Baronial mansion with good walks through Shambellie Wood.
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50 DEBORAH CAMPBELL
Guild Hall, New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8DX T: 07854 091003 E: email@example.com W: www.michaelpell.net
Bankend Studio, 2 Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries, DG2 8LA T: 07775 665771 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.deborahcampbell.com deborahcampbell02
I am a designer and maker creating jewellery and small objects in precious materials. Working mainly in silver and gold, diamonds and gemstones sometimes find themselves sitting with acrylic or found objects in this engaging collection of work. Personal commissions for jewellery and silverware are happily accepted.
I take inspiration from the detail that occurs through the interaction of the land and sea. I like to work outside responding directly to my subject using acrylic and watercolours then develop these observations in painting, print and constructed textiles.
what to expect: Visitors will see my latest jewellery together with other work to collect or perhaps inspire a conversation considering the possibilities of developing individual bespoke pieces. I get great pleasure from working directly with clients designing and creating new, relevant, wearable jewellery.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £25 - £500
directions: Travelling 7 miles from Dumfries on the A710 New Abbey Road you will find my studio in the Guild Hall on the left just before you enter the village of New Abbey next to the old bridge. recommendation: The Abbey Arms – The pub on the Village Square always has a good real ale on tap, need I say more!
what to expect: I will be exhibiting a new collection of my paintings and constructed textiles, alongside this I plan to show and demonstrate the process of my work looking at the combination of techniques I use to create my textile pieces.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £3 - £1000
directions: From Dumfries direction take A711 past Beeswing and turn right into Kirkgunzeon and follow signs to Bankend Studio, opposite phone box. From Dalbeattie, turn left after 4miles and follow the road until the Y junction, taking the right fork, over the bridge and up the hill, Bankend on the left. recommendation: Kilnford Farm Shop – A short drive from Kirkgunzeon is Kilnford Farm Shop and Deli which also boasts an elegant farmhouse kitchen café and restaurant – well worth a visit.
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52 LUKE FITCH
EMERGE / NEW STUDIO
Solway House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA T: 07833 290976 E: email@example.com firvineart @fraser_irvine Fraser.irvine
Solway House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA T: 07495 890529 E: firstname.lastname@example.org lukefitchart W: www.lukefitchart.com lukefitch93
I am a landscape artist focusing on the Dumfries and Galloway area, drawing inspiration from everyday scenes. My work is loose and expressive often unplanned, working on building layers and textures, I aim to catch the atmosphere of the location I’m depicting.
In my work I look to subtly reveal the myriad of stories told by a person’s features. Although I avoid overt symbolism, I hope to capture the character of my subject. I also place an emphasis on the process of painting through broad, expressive brushstrokes.
what to expect: Visiting my studio, I will show you my process, starting from my sketchbook, works in progress, finished and unfinished work will be on show, as well as my inspiration.
what to expect: People viewing my studio can expect to see a combination of both finished paintings and works in progress. My sketchbooks will also be available for people to look through.
directions: Take either the Glencaple or Bankend road out of Dumfries on the B725, past the hospital until you see the Spring Fling signs which will direct you through the Crichton grounds to Solway House which borders 20% discount for Friends the Crichton farm. 30
of Spring Fling. £50 - £700
recommendation: The Coach and Horses –
Great little pub, friendly atmosphere, live bands and good selection of drinks.
directions: Take either the Glencaple or Bankend Road out of Dumfries on the B725, past the hospital until you see the Spring Fling signs which will direct 10% discount for Friends you through the Crichton Grounds to Solway House of Spring Fling. which borders Crichton Farm. 40
£50 - £1000
recommendation: Crichton Gardens – The studio is situated at The Crichton, a place of great significance to Dumfries. It’s gardens are well worth exploring.
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54 SHONA GUTHRIE
Solway House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA T: 07780 673337 E: email@example.com Mark Gibbs Artist W: www.markgibbs.co.uk
Solway House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA T: 07872 301536 E: firstname.lastname@example.org shonaguthriejewellery W: www.shonaguthriejewellery.co.uk Shona Guthrie Jewellery
I make sculptures featuring animals, and sometimes ships, influenced by archaeology they resemble ancient ritual artefacts. Referencing shamanism, the animals are built from the inside out, starting with a skeleton. All my work considers the preciousness of life and its fleeting nature.
I make wearable jewellery that is evocative of a place and rich in texture. All pieces are handmade from my studio, where the surrounding environment provides inspiration for much of my work.
what to expect: You will see me working on a sculpture, bending bundles of wire around a skeleton, surrounded by sketch books, anatomical reference images and some finished pieces. As a guest artist, I am normally based at West Walls Artist Studios in Carlisle.
£300 - £2500
directions: Take either the Glencaple or Bankend Road out of Dumfries on the B725, past the hospital until you see the Spring Fling signs which will direct you through the Crichton Grounds to Solway House which borders Crichton Farm. recommendation: Peter Pan Moat Brae - The childhood playground of J.M Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, and the place where he first found Neverland.
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what to expect: In my studio visitors can expect a warm welcome and a full sense of my working practice – from conception through to production.
£40 - £500
directions: Take either the Glencaple or Bankend Road out of Dumfries on the B725, past the hospital until you see the Spring Fling signs which will direct you through the Crichton Grounds to Solway House which borders Crichton Farm. recommendation: NonaLou’s, The Old School – Treat yourself to some ridiculously good cake!
56 ANDREW ADAIR
Solway House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA T: 07923 857069 E: email@example.com steven burnie artist
Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ T: (01387) 252510 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.axisweb.org/artists/andrewadair
I work from the landscape to create paintings and drawings that detail the character of the region. I seek to capture the light of the Solway Firth and surrounding landscape. In my most recent work I have moved inland to draw from the region’s woodlands.
I am now playing in 2D using old metal shelving and disused wooden crates, attacking the surface with paint, a blow torch and a lot of elbow grease. The outcome is not gentle or pretty, but hopefully more challenging and dramatic for the viewer.
what to expect: Completed paintings in oil and watercolour will be displayed along with work in progress giving visitors an insight into my painting process. There will also be studies and sketches to demonstrate the editing and evolution of each image on its journey to realised vision.
what to expect: Visitors will be given an insight into my working methods, materials and equipment that I use and, in addition to the finished works there will be works in progress. There will also be a ‘Guess the Weight of the Pot’ prize draw.
directions: Take either the Glencaple or Bankend Road out of Dumfries on the B725, past the hospital until you see the Spring Fling signs which will direct you through the Crichton Grounds to Solway House 10% discount for Friends borders Crichton Farm. 40
of Spring Fling & Upland recommendation: Cycle Tour – A popular cycling loop Members. £50 - £1000
from the studios passes by Caerlaverock Castle via Glencaple Road and back on the Bankend Road.
directions: Gracefield Arts Centre is clearly signposted. Gallery 2 is the modern, flat-roofed brick building that also houses the Craft Shop and Café Hubbub.
‘Guess the Weight of recommendation: Andy Goldsworthy the Pot’ prize draw. Whoever is closest wins ‘Cones’ – Situated in the grounds of Gracefield Arts Centre behind Gallery 1. said pot. £10 - £500
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58 EMILY COOPER
Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ T: 07904 993082 E: email@example.com gwenadairpainter W: www.gwenadair.wixsite.com/gwen-adair-painting
Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ T: (01387) 870232 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Emily Cooper Artist
I am a painter working mostly in oils. I am fascinated by the human figure, and by the way paintings suggest narratives, tapping into the experiences and memories of the viewer to let them weave their own. I also paint birds and still lives.
I am a mixed media portrait artist. I draw inspiration from pure human emotion however many of my pieces have strong culturally relevant themes such as war, human trafficking and gender equality. Most of my work involves reclaimed materials, pallets, paving slabs, vintage mirrors etc.
what to expect: Visitors will see an exhibition of a variety of my paintings and drawings. I will happily talk about my practice, inspiration, media and techniques.
£50 - £1800
directions: Gracefield Arts Centre is clearly signposted. Gallery 2 is the modern, flat-roofed brick building that also houses the Craft Shop and Café Hubbub. recommendation: Live music – There is lots of great
live music at weekends in Dumfries. Check out Gigs in and around Dumfries on Facebook.
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what to expect: Visitors will get the chance to view and purchase new work. There will be works in progress and an explanation of my background and creative process.
A prize draw for a small original piece. £250 - £500
directions: Gracefield Arts Centre is clearly signposted. Gallery 2 is the modern, flat-roofed brick building that also houses the Craft Shop and Café Hubbub. recommendation: The Stove, High Street – An artist-led organisation with exhibitions, events, a great café with good coffee, free Wi-Fi and allows dogs!
60 HELEN ACKLAM
Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ T: 07983 247250 E: email@example.com MorganHardieArt
Bellevue Villa, 113 Lockerbie Road, Dumfries, DG1 3BN T: (01387) 254654 E: firstname.lastname@example.org @HEAcklamArt W: www.helenacklam.co.uk Helen E Acklam Mixed Media Art
My paintings explore facial expression and body language. Painting mainly in watercolour, I am interested in layering the colours and seeing how they work together on bringing depth to my work. I’ve recently been experimenting with contrasts between strongly defined areas and blank space.
Inspiration for my mixed media work comes from the Scottish islands with their rich heritage, archaeology, geology and Norse links. Techniques are used to produce watercolours, textured canvases and continuing development of my plaster and textile works.
what to expect: Visitors can expect to see my finished paintings as well as work in progress. There will also be a selection of my sketchbooks to look through freely and a series of experimental work on display. I will also explain my creative process.
A free card with every purchase. £30 - £500
what to expect: My dining room studio is also a welcoming gallery space. New works inspired by travel to the Outer Hebrides and in display boxes developed with MAKLab will be on show. My 2016 Instagram daily sketch challenge will be presented in a photo book. Light refreshments also available.
directions: Gracefield Arts Centre is clearly signposted. Gallery 2 is the modern, flat-roofed brick building that also houses the Craft Shop and Café Hubbub. recommendation: Café Hubbub – Café within Gallery
2 at Gracefield. Offers delicious food served by lovely staff – I highly recommend their scones!
10% off sales over £100. £5 - £1000
directions: From the A75 exit on to A709 Lockerbie Road into Dumfries. Drive past the Peel Centre, continue over the mini roundabout. Bellevue Villa is situated opposite Houston’s Butchers. From Dumfries follow Lockerbie Road out to the A75. Number 113 is the second house past Bane Loaning. recommendation: J. B. Houston – Quality, family-run butchers selling quality produce including award-winning steak pies on Greenbrae Loaning.
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62 ALISON PROUDLOCK
Highland Cottage, Gatelawbridge, Thornhill, DG3 5EA T: (01848) 331733 E: email@example.com W: www.claremelinsky.co.uk Clare Melinsky Illustration
Broomlea, Gatelawbridge, Thornhill, DG3 5EA T: (01848) 330412 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.alisonproudlock.co.uk
My lino cut illustrations are commissioned for use in books and magazines and for decorative packaging. Black and white or brightly coloured images from a lifetime of lino cutting. Each year in January and February I run lino cut print making workshops in Thornhill.
I am a painter. Although trained in oils I use various media, most recently favouring watercolour. I like the challenge of using a medium with a mind of its own. The beauty here in my home region of Dumfries and Galloway never fails to inspire.
what to expect: A wide selection of prints for sale. A display of book covers and packaging shows examples of published work. Visitors can roll ink onto a lino cut, and make a print using the small cast iron press: take the print home with you, no charge.
A free mini print to Spring Fling Friends. £35 - £350
directions: At the monument in the centre of Thornhill on the A76, take the turning signposted Gatelawbridge 2.5 miles. Follow this road, bearing right at a fork. Gatelawbridge doesn’t have a village sign but it does have a red letterbox on a post. You can leave your car here or bear left and carry on over the bridge, where you will see my house on the left. recommendation: Buccleuch and Queensberry, Thornhill – A stylish venue for dinner in the centre of Thornhill.
Alison Proudlock Artist
what to expect: Visitors will see work in progress, finished work, limited edition prints and cards. My tools and materials will be on display to experiment with. Teas and home baking will be served in the garden which is also open for visitors to explore.
£50 - £2000
directions: From Dumfries take the A76 north to Thornhill. Turn right at the cross in the centre of Thornhill, signposted Gatelawbridge. Follow this road for 2.5miles. On entering Gatelawbridge, Broomlea is the second house on the left, after crossing the bridge. recommendation: Morton Castle – The ruined Morton Castle is a beautiful spot. There are nature trails around the castle and loch.
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64 VICTOR HENDERSON
Ferndale Studio, Durisdeer village, Thornhill, DG3 5BJ T: (0184) 8500322 E: email@example.com annebutlerart W: www.annebutlerart.com annebutlerart
Carronbridge Village Hall, Carronbridge, Thornhill, DG3 5AY T: (01848) 600120 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Often working outdoors, I paint loose and colourful, semi-abstract landscapes. I use a range of tools to layer paint, before scraping back to reveal underlying colour. My paintings are usually a response to wild Scottish landscapes. Some paintings are more abstract than others.
I am a watercolour artist making contemporary colourful work in a very loose style. I am currently using multi-media materials on both water-based and oil-based works. I am currently artist in residence at Drumlanrig Castle so that is reflected in much of my work.
what to expect: My new work will be exhibited in Ferndale Studio. My workroom will be open to visitors where there will be some sale paintings. Afternoon Tea will be served every afternoon in the garden or conservatory.
10% discount when spending over £100. Available to those who have signed up as Spring Fling Friends. £30 - £800
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directions: Durisdeer lies off the A702. From the South turn right at Carronbridge, after 4miles turn right, signposted Durisdeer. From the North leave the A74 at Junction 14. After 10 miles go through Durisdeer Mill then after one mile turn left to Durisdeer. Ferndale is first on the left after the church. recommendation: Durisdeer Church – Durisdeer Church and Mausoleum, Durisdeer Village Square, DG3 5BJ. Beautiful, historic church. Burial place of the second duke of Queensberry.
what to expect: I am using the village hall in preference to my studio so that I can show large banner pieces and set up a demonstration; I also have a children’s corner and a charity table. I will have lots of work on paper from small to large.
Friends discount of 20% on works over £50. £5 - £550
directions: Leave Dumfries travelling north to Thornhill on the A76. Continue through Thornhill to the village of Carronbridge. The village hall is on the right at the top of the hill. The venue will be signposted for those coming south on the A76 and A702. recommendation: Thomas Tosh – A popular venue in Thornhill for good food, coffee and gifts. 19 East Morton St., Thornhill DG3 5LZ. T: 01848 331553.
66 KAZ ROBERTSON
Zitan, Mossdale, Townhead Street, Thornhill, DG3 5NW T: 07786 434981 E: email@example.com Alison Macleod Jewellery W: www.alisonmacleod.com @alison_macleod alison_macleod
Zitan, Townhead Street, Thornhill, DG3 5NW T: 07779 602148 E: firstname.lastname@example.org kazrobertsonjewellery W: www.kazrobertson.co.uk @KazRobertson1 kazrobertsonjewellery
I make jewellery inspired by antique treasures and the stories they tell. Heirlooms passed through generations building significance. The Catkin Collection draws on folk art motifs and a pattern seen on an antique ring. My designs are intensely decorated but with a restrained approach.
Working mainly with resin I create pieces which combine a bold colour palette with pattern. Some pieces have magnets incorporated and others are reversible. Mismatch is also a strong element within my work.
what to expect: Tools of the trade and works in progress will be on display for visitors to handle and admire alongside a collection of finished pieces for sale. I’m looking forward to chatting to visitors about my inspirations, design process and the craft of gold-smithing.
directions: From Dumfries, take the left turn at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel into Townhead Street. Right at the end of the street you will see a red 10% discount for Friends sandstone church. of Spring Fling. recommendation: Morton Castle – 4 miles into the £25 - £2000 hills behind Thornhill you will come across this 15th century ruin surrounded by a picturesque loch.
what to expect: I’ll have on display new work along with my popular collections. I’ll also have pictures/examples of work in progress, and end of line work. I’m sharing the venue with Alison Macleod (jeweller), Myer Halliday (ceramics) and Terri Campbell (jeweller) so there will be lots to see.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling (excluding sale items). £20 - £750
directions: From Dumfries, take the left turn at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel into Townhead Street. Right at the end of the street you will see a red sandstone church. recommendation: The Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre – Celebrates local culture and the life of the Victorian explorer Joseph Thomson.
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68 TERRI CAMPBELL
Zitan, Townhead Street, Thornhill, DG3 5NW T: 07737 102792 E: email@example.com W: www.myerhalliday.co.uk
Zitan, Townhead Street, Thornhill, DG3 5NW T: 07413 733083 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.terricampbelljewellery.co.uk terricampbelljewellery
I am a ceramicist based in Edinburgh but originally from Dumfries. I make decorative, slip-cast porcelain and parian pieces that are decorated by drawing on the fired surfaces with stains and enamels.
My jewellery is inspired by nature, organic forms and my home environment. I work mainly in silver, using yellow gold for subtle details. I also have a range of jewellery made from animal horn from the farm where I live.
what to expect: In the main this will be a tabletop display of new work shown alongside three other makers, Alison MacLeod, Kaz Robertson and Terri Campbell.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £25 - £350
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directions: From Dumfries, take the left turn at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel into Townhead Street. Right at the end of the street you will see a red sandstone church. recommendation: Drumlanrig Castle – A 17th century renaissance castle with incredible grounds to take a walk.
what to expect: A new jewellery collection will be released shortly before Spring Fling – this collection will first be available to buy over the weekend, giving Spring Flingers first grabs. Also some work in progress and inspirational material will be available to view.
10% off for Spring Fling Friends during Spring Fling weekend.
directions: From Dumfries, take the left turn at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel into Townhead Street. Right at the end of the street you will see a red sandstone church. recommendation: Crawick Multiverse – A spectacular artland designed by Charles Jencks. Situated off the A76 beyond Sanquhar.
NEW STUDIO / SPRINGBACK
70 JENNIFER WATT
Thomas Tosh, 19 East Morton Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LZ T: (001510) 3162587 E: email@example.com charmfoundry W: www.katemink.com
Burnhead House, Burnhead, Thornhill, DG3 4AD T: (01848) 331524 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.jenniferwatt.co.uk wattsculpture
Using ephemera, found photos and printmaking I create mixed media collages, prints and encaustic paintings reflecting on memories from my childhood growing up in Dumfries and Galloway. Distilling stories from fragments of the past and feelings from the land.
I search to create work which achieves an emotional response. I am moved by simple forms, clean and void of any unnecessary components, sculpture sincere to its form, material and surface. I work mostly in clay, then cast in bronze or resin, in limited editions.
what to expect: I will have framed collages, encaustic paintings and screenprints in the main gallery area of the shop. I will be recreating part of my studio and creative process on the balcony, with an inspiration wall, sketchbooks, works in progress and will demonstrate encaustic techniques.
Pack of 6 postcards with each purchase for Friends of Spring Fling. £5 - £500
what to expect: In my studio will be finished work and work in progress. You will see the processes I go through from drawing to armature, first stages in clay, to finished pieces, mostly in bronze and resin. Larger work can be seen in the garden.
directions: From Dumfries take the A76 north for approx. 13 miles to Thornhill. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto E. Morton St. Destination will be on the right. recommendation: Thomas Tosh and Scaur
Glen. – Thomas Tosh: for delicious lunch, great coffee and cakes. Scaur Glen: beautiful river valley, site of many Andy Goldsworthy Sculptures.
directions: From the A76 at Thornhill follow signs to Penpont on the A702. Turn right after about one mile at the small red postbox. This is Burnhead village I am the last house on the left.
10% discount for Friends recommendation: Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture can of Spring Fling. be seen just a few hundred yards off the A702 on the Delivery will be free way to Penpont. on larger pieces of sculpture in the UK. £250 +
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72 EMMA VARLEY
Princes Street, Penpont, Thornhill, DG3 4BZ T: (01848) 392007 E: email@example.com ToolsandTimbers W: www.toolsandtimbers.wixsite.com/toolsandtimbers philipjwilson2
Masonic Hall, High Street, Moniaive, DG3 4HN T: (01387) 320 639 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Varley Open Studio 2017
I design, make, restore and upholster furniture here in my workshop in Penpont. I mostly use Scottish hardwoods and source locally where possible. I hope my designs make people stop and have that second look, then I know I have done my job.
My interest is in the natural world, specifically in the ‘strata’ that connects layers of landscape to the wider environment. I have returned to the printmaking studio to explore traditional processes which have been exchanged for technological advancement and digital innovation.
what to expect: Visitors will get to see new pieces of my work on display in different rooms as well as seeing what I do in the workshop. I will give various demonstrations and let visitors try their hand at a bit of French polishing.
£10 - £5000
directions: As you enter Penpont from Thornhill, turn left along the road to Keir, travel about 50 yards past the Post Office/Tearoom and we are on the right, next to the Gladstone Hall. recommendation: Penpont Tearoom – Don’t miss
nipping in here for homemade cakes, tea and coffee. A wee gem of a place.
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what to expect: Visitors will have the opportunity to see a new range of prints, mixed media and an installation. Monoprint demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend.
10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £30 - £400
directions: The Masonic Hall is on Moniaive High Street just between the narrow section of road and the petrol station, opposite Glen Whisk and The George pub. There is a signposted public car park very nearby at the sharp bend by the bridge. recommendation: Glenwhisk Cafe & Bistro – Fantastic Cafe & Bistro across the road from the Masonic Hall.
RUTH ELIZABETH JONES
74 SARAH KEAST
Masonic Hall, High Street, Moniaive, DG3 4HN T: (01848) 200622 E: email@example.com W: www.ruthelizabethjones.com
Masonic Hall, High Street, Moniaive, DG3 4HN T: (01848) 200526 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah Keast - visual artist W: www.sarahkeast.co.uk
I am back on the wheel exploring new clays and techniques. By applying spirals of slip on the wheel with dots and splashes of oxide I have achieved a rich multi-layered finish to my tableware collection. Experimentation with textured clay and handbuilding also feature.
I am motivated by my life-long connection to the environment. I am currently making paintings and screen printing large scale images and small studies. I am working on evoking a sense of place, intertwining history and the natural world to describe landscapes.
what to expect: Hand thrown colourful tableware made from different clays and glazes. Bowls, tapas dishes, plates, tea bowls, coffee cups and mugs and a collection of larger handbuilt vessels. Throwing demonstrations at 2.00pm daily. Handbuilt vessels on the go all weekend.
10% for friends of Spring Fling on purchases over £50.
directions: The Masonic Hall is on Moniaive High Street just between the narrow section of road and the petrol station, opposite Glen Whisk and The George pub. There is a signposted public car park very nearby at the sharp bend by the bridge.
£20 - £400
recommendation: The Craigdarroch Arms Hotel
- Serving good coffee and cold beer in the lounge. Famous for its live music too.
what to expect: I am currently working on a project about the landscape of Dumfries and Galloway, combining air photos and abstraction with traditional landscape techniques. There will be finished and unfinished prints and paintings on show alongside studio equipment, materials and my sketchbooks and studies.
directions: The Masonic Hall is in the centre of Moniaive, next to the garage and opposite Glenwhisk Café. Some parking is available opposite the hall 10% discount for Friends and the village car park is close by, situated over the of Spring Fling. bridge beside the George Hotel. £5 - £1000
recommendation: Watsons – Moniaive has a wonderful village shop which is well worth a visit!
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76 MELVILLE BROTHERSTON
The Tower House, High Street, Moniaive, DG3 4HN T: (01848) 200321 E: email@example.com W: www.silvanamclean.co.uk Silvana McLean – Artist and Printmaker
Mill Studio, Dungalston Farm, Moniaive, DG3 4JA T: (01848) 200673 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.melvillebrotherston.co.uk
‘The geology, structure and scale of mountains. The quality of snow- reflected light’. These thoughts accompany me as I try to engage with the deeper story of landscape, looking beyond appearances. This way of working is my version of being an explorer.
My primary interest in painting is in the use of colour, light and tone in expressing dramatic mood in landscape. I work mainly in oil but occasionally in watercolour and pastel. I often change colour and composition to maximise impact.
what to expect: A warm welcome, with paintings on show in all media and sizes, framed and unframed original prints including coloured etchings, collagraphs and mono-prints, cards and postcards. Sketchbooks will be displayed showing the development of current and past work. The studio SALE section is back.
10% off fully priced work for Friends of Spring Fling. £15 - £3000
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directions: From A76 at Thornhill take A702 signposted Penpont/Moniaive. In Moniaive find the Clocktower in the centre of the village. The studio is on the ground floor. From Dalry/Corsock turn left at Craigdarroch Hotel and from Ayr/Carsphairn look for the Clock tower. recommendation: Piccola Italia, Moniaive – Italian
bistro on the High Street serving great Mediterranean food and wood fired pizzas.
what to expect: I frequently visit Wester Ross, Sutherland and the Isle of Arran to obtain material for landscape paintings. There will be a new series of paintings inspired by the glens around Moniaive. Sketches, studies and work in progress will also be seen.
10% discount to Friends of Spring Fling. £150 - £2500
directions: Mill Studio is on the B729 leaving Moniaive by Ayr Street and following the sign for Carsphairn. Dungalston is 1 mile from Moniaive, a pink farmhouse on the right hand side of the road. Mill Studio is sign posted at the bottom of the drive. recommendation: Trigony House, Thornhill – Great food and accommodation.
MINETTE BELL MACDONALD
78 BELLA GREEN
The Art Hut, Hartwood Farm, Hightae, Lockerbie, DG11 1JG T: (01387) 811850 E: email@example.com Minette Bell Macdonald
The Little Theatre, Well Road, Lockerbie, DG11 2EZ T: (01576) 204 646 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.bellagreen.co.uk
The more I paint landscape the more I seek out very remote and empty spaces. I just want to express through painting the silence and beauty of our wilderness. My work is just about landscape and me. It’s where I feel most at ease.
I make playful, colourful compositions from observation of everyday objects and places. Vessels, flowers, and window views feature strongly. To my usual mediums of oils/acrylics I have recently added polymer clay, and am exploring using gestural paint in combination with geometric and organic pattern.
what to expect: There are paintings on the walls and in browsers, sketch books to leaf through. Works in progress, sometimes three at a time. The exhibition extends out of the studio into the barn so there is plenty of room to wander.
Discounts on the day. £1 - £1000
directions: From Lockerbie – A709 towards Dumfries, at Lochmaben turn left at head of Loch on to B7020 after 1/12 miles take right after small bridge, follow signs. From the South: take A75 towards Dumfries after Annan turn onto the B7020 for Dalton. Through Dalton past Mossburn Animal Centre take the first left, left again and up very steep and twisty hill. recommendation: Rammerscales – Georgian house
with Russian connections and some wonderful paintings.
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what to expect: On show will be mixed media pieces in two and three-dimension paintings, small bowls, boxes and other objects, as well as examples of my working methods and tools. This is a rare chance to see inside the Little Theatre – a hidden gem in Lockerbie.
10% discount on items over £20 for Friends of Spring Fling. £10 - £1500
directions: LT is adjacent to rail station carpark. From Town Hall go north past Dryfesdale church. Union street is first on the right, leads to Well Road. From north, exit M74, J17, enter Lockerbie on Towhead Street. Turn left just before Dryfesdale church at Union Street, to Well Road. Parking also in McJerrow carpark, opposite town hall, 5 minute walk away. recommendation: The Townhead Hotel – Fresh, local menu. Great lunches, dinners and accommodation at respectable prices. Townhead Street, Lockerbie DG11 2AG.
80 CATHY SIDHU
Lockerbie Town Hall, High Street, Lockerbie, DG11 2ES T: (01576) 202 996 E: email@example.com W: www.marcercampbell.com Marcer Campbell artist
Art Corner Gallery, Commercial House, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: (01387) 373721 E: firstname.lastname@example.org The-Old-Burrow W: www.theoldburrow.com @theoldburrow
I am a painter of contemporary landscape, still life and portraiture. My work is a highly personal exploration, always presenting a unique interpretation of the people and places that influence and affect me in my day-to-day life.
I’ve always been fascinated by what I call the ‘realm of story’ and art that belongs to that realm. It feels to me as though it is a method of transportation by entrancement and each journey we take has the capacity to enrich us.
what to expect: I am currently undertaking an artist residency at The Old Fire Station music and arts venue in Carlisle, Cumbria. Along with this unique style of landscape and still life painting, there will be a selection of work reflecting my current residency.
what to expect: There will be original paintings, sketches and sketch books as well as stories and other writing. And just for something a little different, there will be a few paintings on wood.
directions: The Town Hall in Lockerbie is hard to miss. It is an impressive and elegant Victorian civic building with clock tower, commanding a central site within the town on Lockerbie’s High Street. £120 - £800
recommendation: Lockerbie Wildlife Trust and Eskrigg Reserve – Eskrigg Reserve and woodland walks offer the opportunity to enjoy peaceful surroundings and observe the resident fungi, flora and fauna.
directions: Art Corner Gallery is located at Commercial House High street (A7) in Langholm. 10% discount on original artwork. £2.50 - £1000
recommendation: Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre and grounds in Eskdalemuir. Close by is the Eskdalemuir Hub restaurant and cafe as well as two stone circles – the Girdle Stanes and The Loupin Stanes.
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82 LISA ROTHWELL-YOUNG
Art Corner Gallery, Commercial House, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: (01387) 373725 E: email@example.com W: www.fergushall.com
Cut the Mustard Gallery, 54-56 High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: (01387) 381180 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Rothwell-Young Jeweller @RothwellLisa
I express the spiritual through my work. For me it’s in the land and its history; its legends and its energy. I try to show an ‘otherworld’ that allows us to connect with something deeper and more profound. An ‘otherworld’ that heals the soul.
I make subtle contemporary jewellery from my workshop in our gallery, Cut the Mustard. I like to make my pieces by hand using traditional tools and I enjoy the challenge of mount making and stone setting. About 50% of my work is to commission.
what to expect: Each piece of work is extensively researched and I hope I can engage the viewer with an interesting and entertaining explanation of its development.
what to expect: Visitors will be able to see my workshop, view work in progress, chat to me about how I work and discuss potential commissions if they like. I’ll be doing some demonstrations and they can also take time to view the rest of the gallery.
directions: Art Corner Gallery is located at Commercial House High street (A7) in Langholm. £300 - £2000
recommendation: Eskdalemuir Hub Restaurant and Café, The Girdle Stanes and The Loupin Stanes (two stone circles).
10% off for Friends of Spring Fling, first person through the door each day will also get a 10% off voucher. £20 - £3000
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directions: 54-56 High Street, on the A7 tourist route to Edinburgh, opposite Latimers. Plenty of free parking (with a disc) is available at the rear of the gallery or in the various car parks around the town. recommendation: Buccleuch Park – Just across the suspension bridge by the Parish Church and the river, a lovely spot for a picnic.
84 VICKY SWALES
NEW STUDIO / NEIGHBOUR
The Wee Workshop, Easton’s Entry, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: 07794 183327 E: email@example.com JoWalkerCeramics W: www.jowalkerceramics.co.uk @joceramics jowalkerceramics
The Old Post Office, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: 07856 221582 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.vickyswalestextiles.co.uk Vicky Swales Woven Textiles
My ceramics celebrate a love of nature, especially the often overlooked and unloved. Using the technique of sgraffito, I draw onto my pots delicate weeds and wildflowers. I also incorporate seaweed, shells and pebbles and make flocks of little sgraffito birds.
I am a Woven Textile Designer/Maker specializing in hand woven, beautifully made textile products. My current work is influenced by my own photography of decaying architectural details and tiles. My colour palette is inspired by my surroundings as well as mood boards and jewel tones.
what to expect: I will be explaining and demonstrating the sgraffito technique and showing work in various stages of completion. Visitors will also have the chance to make their own little clay bird to take home with them. There will also be refreshments available.
Free prize draw to win a piece of my work. £16 - £150
directions: Approaching Langholm from the South along the A7. The Mustard Gallery is on the left hand side of the High Street and Easton’s Entry can be entered on foot just to the left of it. The Wee Workshop is located on the right hand side of Eastons Entry. recommendation: Pelosis Corner Café – Friendly little cafe serving proper ice cream and great coffee.
what to expect: Visitors will have the rare chance to see my design process from initial photographs to sketchbooks as well as finished and developing collections of hand woven products. I will also be offering visitors a chance to weave on a table loom and try other equipment.
Friends offer: 10% discount off all hand woven blankets and throws £15 - £250
directions: The Old Post Office is on the High Street at the bus stop next to the pedestrian crossing opposite Truly Scrumptious. recommendation: Liddesdale Heritage Centre, Newcastleton – Learn about the history of Liddesdale Valley from weaving and farming to the railways and the Reiver (7 miles from Langholm).
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86 MARGARET WALTY
The Old Post Office, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH T: 07725 891881 E: email@example.com sarahtaylorart W: www.sarahtaylorart.co.uk @sarahtaylorart sarahtaylorart
10 George Street, Langholm, DG13 0AE T: (01387) 380575 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.margaretwalty.com
Sarah’s unique blend of wild, splashy paint and intricate geometric pattern entice us into a world of adventurous wildlife painting and contemporary illustrative work. Her bold portraits of the animal kingdom present an array of characters that you cannot help but fall in love with.
Love of intricacy and detail, clarity of line and colour characterise my work. My home in the beautiful landscapes of the borderlands inspires me directly as well as symbolically, in my painted explorations of the borders between fantasy and reality.
what to expect: Sarah will be working on some exciting new pieces over the Spring Fling weekend. You will also be able to see time-lapse films of her paintings taking shape from start to finish. There will be originals, contemporary canvases, and stunning prints available.
10% discount and free prize draw. £45 - £1000
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what to expect: New works of fantasy, nature and botanical illustration in oils or in acrylics used as watercolour, limited edition prints and cards as well as work-in-progress, books I have illustrated and the original paintings for them.
directions: The Old Post Office is on the High Street at the bus stop next to the pedestrian crossing opposite Truly Scrumptious. recommendation: MacDiarmid Memorial – This gigantic metallic ‘open book’ is on the hillside overlooking Langholm, just off the road to Newcastleton.
10% for Friends of Spring Fling (except cards). £35 - £4000
directions: Turn off A7 in Market Place, keep Hope Hospital on left and bear left down Charles Street to free public parking by Suspension Bridge. George Street runs north along the river wall. No.10 is 100 yards up. recommendation: The Eskdale Hotel, Market Place – Traditional and contemporary dishes from locally sourced ingredients. Comfortable rooms for an overnight stay.
88 DANIEL LACEY
St Francis of Assisi Church, Drove Road, Langholm, DG13 0JW T: (01387) 380598 E: email@example.com juliedumbartonartist W: www.juliedumbarton.com @Julie_dumbarton juliedumbartonartist
Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Road, Langholm, DG13 0ES T: (01387) 380193 E: firstname.lastname@example.org DanielLaceyDesignFurniture W: www.daniellacey.com
I’m obsessed by colour and light, and combining these to make the perfect painting – not a facsimile of what nature provides, more a hybrid image comprised of places I have visited and loved, or that I hope exist so I can visit them someday.
In my studio I create sculptural contemporary furniture from native woods. My aim is to produce work of the highest quality – both in design and craftsmanship.
what to expect: I’ll have paintings of all sizes, from 8cm mini’s up to three metre by two metre paintings that take up a whole wall. There’ll be colour in abundance, lots of new paintings being shown for the first time, and colourhugs for everyone!
£3 - £12,000
what to expect: It is a working studio and workshop providing a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes – at the tools, the methods, the timber stacks, the work in progress, as well as the small showroom displaying the finished pieces of furniture art.
directions: On the A7 through Langholm, turn onto Drove Road (immediately before the petrol station if travelling north, or after it if heading south). My studio is 100 yards up the hill on the left. recommendation: Abbotts Chocolates, High Street,
Langholm - Selling handmade chocolates in all sorts of wonderful flavours, a visit to ‘the chocolate man’ is always a good idea!
Discount for Friends of Spring Fling. £30 - £20,000
directions: From the A7 heading north, take the first left after the 30mph sign welcoming you to Langholm (Glenesk Road). My studio is on the left after the Edinburgh Woollen Mills head office. recommendation: Making the Most of Moorlands – The Laverock Bird Hide on the edge of Langholm Moor, site of special scientific interest. Details in my studio.
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90 MICHAEL BATEY
Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Road, Langholm, DG13 0ES T: 07921 849463 E: email@example.com @MilesMooreClay W: www.milesmooreceramics.com Miles-Moore Ceramics
Gilnockie Hall, Claygate, Canonbie, DG14 0SB T: (01387) 371339 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.michaelbatey.com
My work is inspired by the Japanese Shibui aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. Over the last thirty years I have developed a range of unique glazes, all using local materials collected from the Cumbrian coast, woodland, fells and rivers.
I am an oil painter principally, but starting to sneak some watercolours into my ethereal mind. Finding light is my main focus in my work.
what to expect: Studio visitors will see a range of Japanese inspired forms including traditional Chawan, Yunomi, Sushi and Sashimi platters, Sake sets, large bowls and hand built bottles. If space allows I plan to do regular Raku firing demonstrations including Japanese and American style firings.
Visitors will be able to take part in a Haiku writing competition to win a traditional Yunomi style tea bowl. £50 - £500
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directions: From the A7 heading north, take the first left after the 30mph sign welcoming you to Langholm (Glenesk Road). My studio is on the left after the Edinburgh Woollen Mills head office. recommendation: Travelling from the South? – Stop at Tebay Services, a wonderful service station off the M6 which only sells local produce.
what to expect: visitors can expect to see a large selection of work including woodland scenes, in which I aim to show some of the changing atmospheric light as I go about my daily work. A warm welcome and refreshments will be provided.
£100 - £5000
directions: From Langholm, head south on the A7 for approximately 3 miles. Turn left at signpost for Claygate. Follow the road until you come to a T junction, left and Gilnockie Hall is on your right. recommendation: Gilnockie Tower – 16th century peel tower located at the hamlet of Hollows on the west bank of river Esk, follow Armstrong signs.
92 HEATHER BLANCHARD
Craigshaw Barns, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3AH T: 07714 123227 E: email@example.com colinblanchardprints W: www.colinblanchard.com @Capreolus333
Craigshaw Barns, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3AH T: (01461) 600530 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Blanchard Artist W: www.blanchart.co.uk
I am principally a printmaker. I aim to produce original works, in genuinely limited editions, that make use of the qualities that only hand crafted techniques can offer. I work mainly in linocut and screenprint and combinations of the two.
I don’t paint dramatic awe inspiring panoramas but unconsidered landscapes – simple trees, gates, hedges and lanes. As objects in themselves maybe uninspiring, but these things rarely stand alone and are often elevated beyond their humbleness by weather and light conditions.
what to expect: As well as ﬁnished work, I will show the different stages of creating my own prints – from planning to ﬁnished edition. As well as demonstrating printmaking techniques, I will also encourage visitors to ‘have-a-go’ and ‘pull’ a print themselves.
directions: From M74 – junction 20; signs for Eaglesﬁeld; straight through Eaglesﬁeld and take the ﬁrst turning left signed Gair. After about 2 miles; continue through Gair; we are ½ a mile on the left. 10% discount on framed From the Langholm direction on B722; take left just prints for Friends of before Waterbeck village. Craigshaw Barns Studio is Spring Fling. also marked on Google Maps. 8
£60 - £200
recommendation: Hoddom Castle and Farm Walks – Several short varied walks; including a sculpture trail along the Annan riverside path, based on the life of the salmon.
what to expect: Visitors will see a display of finished work. Paintings at various stages from concept through preparation to completion, tools of the trade and sketchbooks. I’m happy to discuss and demonstrate my working methods. A warm welcome and refreshments including home baking will be provided.
directions: From M74 – junction 20; signs for Eaglesﬁeld; straight through Eaglesﬁeld and take the ﬁrst turning left signed Gair. After about 2 miles; continue through Gair; we are ½ a mile on the left. 10% discount for Friends From the Langholm direction on B722; take left just of Spring Fling. before Waterbeck village. Craigshaw Barns Studio is £100 - £1000 also marked on Google Maps. 8
recommendation: Annandale Distillery – Newly renovated whisky distillery with a café and tours. www.anandaledistillery.com
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G1 Clience Studio
G2 The Old Mill Gallery
A bright, friendly gallery and studio in Castle Douglas’ main street showing original oil and watercolour paintings by artist owner Angela Lawrence. Invigorating or serene seascapes, mainly from Galloway are key, along with landscapes and some other areas of Scotland, while exciting mountain scenes from the Lake District are a contrasting recent addition.
Opening in June 2016, The Old Mill Gallery is an exciting new enterprise by artists Lucy Lee and Edward Chapman Campbell.
Angela’s paintings have a fresh immediacy and atmosphere which conjures up a feeling of being outdoors. Some work features other on-going themes: for example Sea Spirits or Reflections, with more contemplative or abstract aspects.
A gallery run by artists for artists, the gallery harks back to a time of romantic painters, salons and soirées. The Gallery is a place where the artists that occupy the studios situated above the gallery, can exhibit their latest work. Hosting art classes and cultural evenings, The Old Mill Gallery is a place where art and culture can be comfortably discussed in depth over a coffee, round a warm stove, surrounded by books and paintings.
Also available are a very large selection of archival quality signed and numbered giclee prints, and a select range of excellent art gifts mostly from the Galloway paintings. Angela, an elected member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, exhibits widely, for example PAI, RGI and VAS exhibitions and at many other prestigious galleries, and enjoys painting at public or private commission request.
15% off some selected originals & prints. Free parking on street nearby Wheelchair assisted access with 3” step.
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212 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS T: (01556) 504 318 E: email@example.com W: www.cliencestudio.co.uk angelalawrencecliencestudio @cliencestudio directions: Enter Castle Douglas from the A75. Clience Studio is under the tall Clock tower in the lower end of King Street (main shopping street) on the corner of the A713 to Ayr/Auchencairn crossroads.
10% discount to friends of Spring Fling.
Port Road, Palnackie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 1PQ T: (01556) 600526 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.theoldmillgallery.com oldmillgallery directions: Take the A711 from Dumfries through Dalbeattie and keep on the A711 towards Palnackie. When entering the village, turn left at the crossroads, the gallery is down the street on the left hand side, ample parking is available on the street.
G3 The Art Room
G4 The Yellow Door Gallery
Within The Art Room you can find an array of treasures, from unique gifts to collectible artwork.
The Yellow Door Group is an association of creative practitioners in the visual and fine arts, crafts, and literature.
The Art Room’s gallery flows throughout the whole of The Old School, with the stunning Victorian building being an enjoyable visit in itself. The Art Room also offers ‘Art for All’ through its various creative workshops programmes, ranging from age 9 months 99 years (not strictly!). Joining The Art Room within The Old School are a number of other businesses, including the popular NonaLou’s Tearoom, which offers breakfasts, lunches & truly scrumptious cakes, teas and coffees - including a large range of gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Members include painters, sculptors, print-makers, illustrators, potters, weavers, designers, writers, and poets. The shop and gallery at The Yellow Door is a vibrant and changing showcase for an impressive range of creative work by local artists. The gallery is run by volunteer group members, so the visitor is usually welcomed by one of the artists or makers themselves. There is a programme of exhibitions, and occasional workshops and events.
The Old School, Brooke Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JL T: (07834) 228054 E: email@example.com W: www.the-art-room.co.uk The Art Room within The Old School directions: First left after Dumfries cinema and left
at Kevin Farish’s at the very bottom of Brooke Street to access the car park. Or from Queen Street opposite Lidl, turn right onto McLellan Street then right onto Brooke Street and we’re in the large Victorian school building on the left.
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THE WHITEHOUSE G A L L E RY With over a decade of experience, The Whitehouse Gallery is one of the region’s leading art galleries. Based in Kirkcudbright, the gallery prides itself on exhibiting some of the country’s best artists and makers, alongside up-and-coming talents, in six changing exhibitions each year. Please come and visit the gallery during Spring Fling, to see the exhibition ‘Footsteps’ featuring ﬁgurative & landscape work from a range of artists including highly acclaimed Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE and Helen Glassford. To see the full list of artists and makers involved, please visit the website www.whitehousegallery.co.uk
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Upland Upland is a dynamic and ambitious artist and maker focused organisation. It creates opportunities, enables risk-taking and encourages innovation. It provides a network for learning and sharing, a range of creative development opportunities and support services to visual artists and creative practitioners. Spring Fling Open Studios is our leading celebratory annual event. As a region-wide development agency it supports excellence, experimentation and enterprise aiming to inspire and educate a wide range of audiences to understand, celebrate, participate and be supportive of visual arts and crafts. Upland works with artists of all ages but has developed specific programmes which support those just beginning their careers and also which allow young people to directly experience working with an artisan.
Modern Makers Modern Makers is a programme for a small group of young people to work intensively with a professional maker to learn craft skills and gain direct experience of a small artisan business. During 2016 six young people worked with Sam Booth in his workshop near Castle Douglas. With over 30 years experience in interior, product and building design Sam has realised his ambition to develop beautiful, sustainable, small buildings through establishing Echo Living. For the first time the group worked collaboratively to design and build a bespoke bird hide for the new RSPB reserve at the Crook of Baldoon, near Wigtown. This year the Modern Makers are gaining hands-on learning with slipware potters Douglas Fitch and Hannah McAndrew, who are both long established in their field. Four young people will be introduced to all aspects of the slipware process, from the mixing of materials, the making and decorating of the pots, through to assisting in the exciting firing of the pieces in the wood kiln. They are also gaining an insight into the running of a pottery business and visiting other potterâ€™s workshops throughout the region to explore different approaches to the craft. By working in a group the participants gain both new skills and confidence sharing ideas and building relationships through shared experience. Modern Makers 2016. Image ÂŠ Colin Tennant
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Other Upland Projects
Emerge is a 9 month programme of mentoring with a bursary to create new work.
In 2016 Upland partnered with MAKLab to bring a pilot digital fabrication studio to Dumfries and delivered a programme of workshops specifically for young people. MAKLab now provides a broad range of equipment and resources to assist makers across Dumfries & Galloway and runs course for everyone to enable engagement with these new technologies.
The programme is aimed at emerging artists with a connection to Dumfries & Galloway who intend to pursue a career as a professional artist. Emerge aims to provide support which will enable the participants to develop both creatively and professionally providing a stepping stone between education and a career in the arts.
Upland continues to work with schools and in 2017 we will be bringing local and international makers into the classroom and delivering a wonderful variety of talks and workshops. We are also developing a network resource for individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to access opportunities to learn new skills and participate in arts activities. For information regarding all Upland activities, please visit www.weareupland.com or join our mailing list.
Emerge Bursary recipient 2016, Photo: Colin Tennant
MAKLab Dumfries Workshop. Photo: Colin Tennant
Professional Development Uplandâ€™s creative and professional development provides opportunities and resources for artists, designers and makers to develop their skills and creative practice providing the support which enables the creative talent of the region to flourish. From established to emerging artists Upland drives forward a spirit of innovation, excellence and experimentation. We currently have a programme which places the emphasis on networking, sharing and developing skills and learning new skills. Integrated within this is the process of building relationships and negotiating routes with other agencies and art organisations to ensure that whilst Dumfries & Galloways creative community can thrive within itself it also remains outward looking, connecting with a wider network beyond the region. We Are Upland symposium. Photo: Andy Jardine Spring Fling 2017 79
Upland | Upfront
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th September 2017 Preview: 6pm – 8pm, Friday 1st September 2017 Patriothall Gallery 1d Patriothall, Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY
14th November – 14th January 2018 Upfront Gallery Nr Hutton-in-the-Forest, Unthank, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TG
We are delighted to present Upland’s first exhibition in Edinburgh at Patriothall Gallery, Stockbridge. SURGE is an exhibition of diverse and exciting new work by Upland Professional Members.
We are pleased to partner with the Upfront Gallery in Cumbria to exhibit a range of works by Dumfries and Galloway artists and makers over the festive period.
For up-to-date information on all Upland’s projects or to receive an invite to our exhibition openings, sign up to our mailing list. You can do this via the www.weareupland.com/mailing-list
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Become an Uplander If you are a professional artist or maker and have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway you can apply to become part of Upland. — weareupland.com/members/ become-an-uplander/
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Who We Are Board of Directors Archie McCall Patti Lean Marjorie Lofti Gill Adam Booth Jayne Ashley Staff Joyce Woodcock, Interim Director Joanna Macaulay, Events & Exhibitions Manager Amy Marletta, Professional & Talent Development Manager Olive Melville, Finance & Admin Officer Lindsey McIntosh, Spring Fling Intern
2017 Selection Panel Bea Last, Visual Artist David McDonald, Arts Development Director at DG Unlimited Rebecca Coggins, Principle Officer for Dumfries & Galloway Council Arts and Museums Clare Hanna, Former Director of Upland and Development Officer (East) for DGU Dawn Youll, Ceramicist & Craft Programme Producer at Cove Park Lucy Carlow, Director at Designs Gallery Design Bremner Design Illustration Astrid Jaekel
Web Development Make Digital David Kelly Design Office Photography Colin Tennant Colin Hattersley PR Matthew Shelley Media Partner Dumfries & Galloway Life Upland is also supported by a number of our dedicated artists and makers who offer their expertise and experience throughout the year across a range of projects.
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Printmaking and other terms Original prints are works that are produced directly by the artist (or sometimes under their supervision) from a plate, block or stencil etc, which is often hand made. From this, the image is transferred to paper or some other material. The finished work is not a reproduction of one made in another medium and the process is an integral part of the artwork. The artist will usually print a certain number – usually dictated by the nature of the process itself, and which are made as identical as possible - and sign and number them as a true limited edition. Some artists are now also using digital techniques to produce original prints. The term Giclée print is often used for digital ink jet facsimiles of an original art work - a painting or drawing for instance. Some artists limit the number of prints made and sign the prints but they are not individually made by the artist and the process is not integral to the making of the work. They are simply reproductions. Some methods of creating original prints are outlined below. Intaglio is a term used for printmaking processes in which the image is obtained by using a press to ‘pull’ ink out of areas lower than the surface of a printing plate. Traditional methods include etching and aquatint, engraving and drypoint. A skilful, painstaking inking and wiping process, sometimes using a range of colours is required to be repeated for each print. Relief prints are, in a way, the opposite of an intaglio. In a relief print, the image is taken from the inked surface of a block or plate; rather like a stamp. They may be printed using a press, or by rubbing the paper onto the block by hand with a ‘baren’. Woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings are common relief techniques and can be simple black and white images or very complex multi-coloured works. In a screen print (sometimes called serigraphs or silkscreen prints) very finely woven fabric is stretched over a frame to form a screen. Parts of this mesh are blocked with a filler or stencil, and ink is forced through the open areas with a squeegee on to the paper or other surface positioned beneath the screen. This basic process is extremely versatile and can be varied by the artist to produce complex, usually many layered, effects. Lithography is a process that uses a flat stone or metal plate on which the image areas and tones are created using a range of drawing or painting materials that contain grease. Then, after careful processing, when printing ink is applied to the dampened surface, only the original image will take ink and so a print can be taken using a press. Monotypes and monoprints are terms used to describe a huge variety of printed or transferred image making techniques, but which produce, as the names suggest, ‘one off’ prints. They may be totally
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unique direct images or may use an existing block, plate or stencil but printed in a variety of ways. An original Digital print (not to be confused with an inkjet reproduction) uses computer and digital technologies to produce originally conceived works, often with photo generated and manipulated imagery. Some artist printmakers also use combinations of two or more of the above techniques and some may also use careful hand colouring to produce a finished edition. Some other terms used by artists in this brochure which may not be familiar • Coppiced – of a tree or shrub which is cut back to ground level periodically to stimulate growth. • Dichroic glass – a glass which displays two different colours by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. • Encaustic painting – also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added. • Infrared photography – a type of photography in which the film or image sensor used is sensitive to light which appears invisible to the naked eye. • Parian ware – type of bisque porcelain imitating marble. • P olymer clay – a type of hardenable modelling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). • Sgraffito – a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing. • Slipcasting – a technique for the production of pottery and ceramics, especially for shapes not easily made on a wheel. • T hrowing (pottery) – the term used when referring to forming or shaping pottery on a potter’s wheel.
Index Spring Fling participants by discipline: Architectural Metalwork Adam Booth (Studio 39, p37) Artists Books Bella Green (Studio 79, p60) Cathy Sidhu (Studio 81, p61) Sarah Stewart (Studio 05, p18) Ceramics Andrew Adair (Studio 57, p47) Clare Dawdry (Studio 41, p38) Myer Halliday (Studio 68, p54) Ruth Elizabeth Jones (Studio 74, p57) Wendy Kershaw (Studio 44, p41) Fitch & McAndrew (Studio 29, p31) Archie McCall (Studio 48, p43) Martin Miles-Moore (Studio 90, p66) Andy Priestman (Studio 08, p19) Urpu Sellar (Studio 23, p28) Christine Hester Smith (Studio 45, p41) Jo Walker (Studio 84, p63) Peter Wareing (Studio 02, p16) Digital/Animation Ryan Gillan (Studio 21, p27) Furniture Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 15, p24) Daniel Lacey (Studio 89, p65) Trevor Leat (Studio 25, p29) Philip Wilson (Studio 72, p56) Glass Alan Brockbank (Studio 28, p30) Susan McKay (Studio 38, p36) Amanda Simmons (Studio 42, p38) Hats Kay Ribbens (Studio 07, p19) Illustration Ailsa Black (Studio 47, p42) Lucy Hadley (Studio 31, p33) Wendy Kershaw (Studio 44, p41) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p51) Heather M Nisbet (Studio 22, p27) Suzi Plunkett (Studio 19, p26)
Cathy Sidhu (Studio 81, p61) Sarah Stewart (Studio 05, p18) Sarah Taylor (Studio 86, p64) Kate Timney (Studio 06, p18) Margaret Walty (Studio 87, p64) Jewellery Terri Campbell (Studio 69, p54) Shona Guthrie (Studio 55, p46) Ruth Laird (Studio 34, p34) Alison Macleod (Studio 66, p53) Michael Pell (Studio 50, p44) Kaz Robertson (Studio 67, p53) Lisa Rothwell-Young (Studio 83, p62) Natalie Vardey (Studio 43, p39) Beth Watson (Studio 37, p36) Mosaic Kate Anderson (Studio 13, p23) Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media Helen Acklam (Studio 61, p49) Gwen Adair (Studio 58, p48) Jennie Ashmore (Studio 24, p28) Maggie Ayres (Studio 17, p25) Michael Batey (Studio 91, p66) Minette Bell Macdonald (Studio 78, p60) Ailsa Black (Studio 47, p42) Heather Blanchard (Studio 93, p67) Melville Brotherston (Studio 77, p58) Davy Brown (Studio 04, p17) Steven Burnie (Studio 56, p47) Anne Butler (Studio 64, p52) Deborah Campbell (Studio 51, p44) Hazel Campbell (Studio 30, p31) Marcer Campbell (Studio 80, p61) Emily Cooper (Studio 59, p48) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 88, p65) Luke Fitch (Studio 53, p45) Ross Fulton (Studio 14, p23) Pamela Grace (Studio 40, p37) Bella Green (Studio 79, p60) Fergus Hall (Studio 82, p62) Morgan Hardie (Studio 60, p49) Victor Henderson (Studio 65, p52) Fraser Irvine (Studio 52, p45) Sarah Keast (Studio 75, p57) Angela Lawrence (Studio 32, p33) Linda Mallett (Studio 11, p22) Kevan McGinty (Studio 03, p17) Silvana McLean (Studio 76, p58) Kate Mink (Studio 70, p55) Heather M Nisbet (Studio 22, p27)
Alison Proudlock (Studio 63, p51) Sarah Stewart (Studio 05, p18) Suzanne Stuart Davies (Studio 27, p30) Sarah Taylor (Studio 86, p64) John Threlfall (Studio 46, p42) Emma Varley (Studio 73, p56) Photography Alistair Hamilton (Studio 12, p22) Laura Hudson Mackay (Studio 49, p43) Phil McMenemy (Studio 35, p35) Caroline McQuistin (Studio 10, p21) Michal Šúr (Studio 33, p34) Print Making Colin Blanchard (Studio 92, p67) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 18, p25) Deborah Campbell (Studio 51, p44) Pamela Grace (Studio 40, p37) Lisa Hooper (Studio 01, p16) Gail Kelly (Studio 09, p21) Silvana McLean (Studio 76, p58) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p51 Kate Mink (Studio 70, p55) Sarah Stewart (Studio 05, p18) Kate Timney (Studio 06, p18) Emma Varley (Studio 73, p56) Sculpture Adam Booth (Studio 39, p37) Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 15, p24) Mark Gibbs (Studio 54, p46) Trevor Leat (Studio 25, p29) Jennifer Watt (Studio 71, p55) Textiles Deborah Campbell (Studio 51, p44) Jo Gallant (Studio 36, p35) Janet Ibbotson (Studio 26, p29) Gail Kelly (Studio 09, p21) Morag Macpherson (Studio 16, p24) Rosie Reid (Studio 20, p26) Kay Ribbens (Studio 07, p19) Vicky Swales (Studio 85, p63) Willow Trevor Leat (Studio 25, p29) Wood Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 15, p24) Daniel Lacey (Studio 89, p65) Philip Wilson (Studio 72, p56)
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Spring Fling participants alphabetically: A–C
Helen Acklam (Studio 61, p49) Andrew Adair (Studio 57, p47) Gwen Adair (Studio 58, p48) Kate Anderson (Studio 13, p23) Jennie Ashmore (Studio 24, p28) Maggie Ayres (Studio 17, p25) Michael Batey (Studio 91, p66) Minette Bell Macdonald (Studio 78, p60) Ailsa Black (Studio 47, p42) Colin Blanchard (Studio 92, p67) Heather Blanchard (Studio 93, p67) Adam Booth (Studio 39, p37) Alan Brockbank (Studio 28, p30) Melville Brotherston (Studio 77, p58) Davy Brown (Studio 04, p17) Steven Burnie (Studio 56, p47) Anne Butler (Studio 64, p52) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 18, p25) Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 15, p24) Deborah Campbell (Studio 51, p44) Hazel Campbell (Studio 30, p31) Marcer Campbell (Studio 80, p61) Terri Campbell (Studio 69, p54) Emily Cooper (Studio 59, p48)
Janet Ibbotson (Studio 26, p29) Fraser Irvine (Studio 52, p45) Ruth Elizabeth Jones (Studio 74, p57) Sarah Keast (Studio 75, p57) Gail Kelly (Studio 09, p21) Wendy Kershaw (Studio 44, p41) Daniel Lacey (Studio 89, p65) Ruth Laird (Studio 34, p34) Angela Lawrence (Studio 32, p33) Trevor Leat (Studio 25, p29)
Rosie Reid (Studio 20, p26) Kay Ribbens (Studio 07, p19) Kaz Robertson (Studio 67, p53) Lisa Rothwell-Young (Studio 83, p62) Urpu Sellar (Studio 23, p28) Cathy Sidhu (Studio 81, p61) Amanda Simmons (Studio 42, p38) Christine Hester Smith (Studio 45, p41) Sarah Stewart (Studio 05, p18) Suzanne Stuart Davies (Studio 27, p30) Michal Šúr (Studio 33, p34) Vicky Swales (Studio 85, p63) Sarah Taylor (Studio 86, p64) John Threlfall (Studio 46, p42) Kate Timney (Studio 06, p18) Natalie Vardey (Studio 43, p39) Emma Varley (Studio 73, p56) Jo Walker (Studio 84, p63) Margaret Walty (Studio 87, p64) Peter Wareing (Studio 02, p16) Beth Watson (Studio 37, p36) Jennifer Watt (Studio 71, p55) Philip Wilson (Studio 72, p56)
D–H Clare Dawdry (Studio 41, p38) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 88, p65) Fitch & McAndrew (Studio 29, p31) Luke Fitch (Studio 53, p45) Ross Fulton (Studio 14, p23) Jo Gallant (Studio 36, p35) Mark Gibbs (Studio 54, p46) Ryan Gillan (Studio 21, p27) Pamela Grace (Studio 40, p37) Bella Green (Studio 79, p60) Shona Guthrie (Studio 55, p46) Lucy Hadley (Studio 31, p33) Fergus Hall (Studio 82, p62) Myer Halliday (Studio 68, p54) Alistair Hamilton (Studio 12, p22) Morgan Hardie (Studio 60, p49) Victor Henderson (Studio 65, p52) Lisa Hooper (Studio 01, p16) Laura Hudson Mackay (Studio 49, p43)
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M–P Alison Macleod (Studio 66, p53) Morag Macpherson (Studio 16, p24) Linda Mallett (Studio 11, p22) Fitch & McAndrew (Studio 29, p31) Archie McCall (Studio 48, p43) Kevan McGinty (Studio 03, p17) Susan McKay (Studio 38, p36) Silvana McLean (Studio 76, p58) Phil McMenemy (Studio 35, p35) Caroline McQuistin (Studio 10, p21) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p51) Martin Miles-Moore (Studio 90, p66) Kate Mink (Studio 70, p55) Heather M Nisbet (Studio 22, p27) Michael Pell (Studio 50, p44) Suzi Plunkett (Studio 19, p26) Andy Priestman (Studio 08, p19) Alison Proudlock (Studio 63, p51)
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Published on May 8, 2017
Welcome to Spring Fling 2017! Here is this year's brochure where you will find all the info you need on our studios, exhibitions, anniversar...