Spring Fling is nearly upon the region of Dumfries and Galloway and what an event it is. Held over 3 days and with studios opening their doors across the length and breadth of the region, it is considered one of the most successful contemporary visual arts and crafts event in the UK. Want to find out more about this long-standing event? Keep reading to discover what Spring Fling is all about and how you can take part.
What is Spring Fling
Dumfries and Galloway has always been a vibrant, creative region and long been known as a haven for artists and makers from all over. Spring Fling has been able to take the amazing imagination of the people living around the region and put this remarkable place on the national and international cultural map.
First held in 2003, Spring Fling has grown exponentially into what it is today. Every year, 90 to 100 artists open their doors over the late May bank holiday so that everyone can take a sneak peek behind the scenes. Artists and makers give a first-hand look into their creative inspirations, techniques and processes into their own little artistic world, and you get the opportunity to buy pieces of their art. Each studio that you visit is unique and gives a completely different experience to the last.
As well as the core event, there are many more events happening alongside Spring Fling for you to enjoy including Spring shows, local exhibitions and projects such as EDGE.
This year sees 94 artists and makers throw open their doors to the public in what is to be an amazing display of artistic creation.
Routes to inspiring art
With so many artists and makers taking part over the weekend, it can be hard to decide where to start and where to go next. That’s why Spring Fling has created routes that take you on an art inspiring journey throughout Dumfries and Galloway. These 6 routes take you on a stunning adventure where you can stop by a range of artists studios that specialize in everything from photography, jewellery, painting, textiles and many more forms of creation.
Blue Route – The Blue route starts at the most westerly point of Dumfries and Galloway and stays near to the area of Stranraer following the coast to Newton Stewart. This route includes 15 different artists specializing in textiles, painting, ceramics and more.
Green Route – The Green route heads to the most northerly point outside of Dumfries, around the areas of Sanquhar and Thornhill along with its surrounding villages. This route includes 14 different artists specializing in illustration, mixed media, printmaking and more.
Orange Route – The Orange route is based in around Dumfries and branches out towards close by villages and towns such as Castle Douglas and Kirkbean. This route includes 22 different artists specializing in installation, glass, painting and more.
Pink Route – The Pink route is based in the quintessentially artistic town of Castle Douglas and its surrounding villages. This route includes 18 different artists specializing in glass, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Purple Route – The Purple route starts in Castle Douglas and heads out towards the beautiful village of Kirkcudbright and back again. It includes 16 different artists specializing in painting, textiles, mosaics and more.
Red Route – The Red route heads out to the more rural parts of the region including Eskdalemuir and Mouswald making for a beautiful journey. It includes 9 different artists specializing in wood, ceramics, painting and more.
You can explore these routes by yourself with family and friends or you can also join one of the bus tours that explore the individual routes as well. Come together with other art lovers and enthusiasts and enjoy the scenery as well as the art that is on display.
As well as the open studios on the late May bank holiday there are also workshops held from the beginning of April until the end of May. These include many children’s workshops as well as adults so there is something for the whole family to get involved in. These workshops are held by the artists themselves and include everything from creative painting to music workshops and everything in between. They are the perfect way to jump into the artistic spirit of Dumfries and Galloway and try something new before heading out and seeing the artists at work during Spring Fling weekend.
Something different in a world of imagination
The WaterOrgan is a mobile, floating machine that produces fountains of sound and water using the kinetic energy of the river. Created by Mark Zygadlo, the WaterOrgan is a colourful and spectacular piece of artwork that audiences will be able to see, hear and engage with. Talks held by Mark Zygadlo himself will be held and are perfect for children, families and river enthusiasts alike. It really is something different in an event that is filled with imagination.
For more information on what there is to see and do or to look into the artists and makers more, you can visit the Spring Fling website.