Head to Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway

Head to Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway

One of Scotland's top visual arts and craft open-studio events takes place at the end of May. See work by more than 90 talented designer-makers, who include textile designers, glassblowers, metalworkers, ceramicists and painters

Work by photographer Phil McMenemy

Spring Fling 2017, now in its 15th year, takes place across Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland from 27-29 May. It's a fabulous celebration of the skill and diversity of the Scottish art community - and offers a chance to buy one-off pieces of art, sculpture, ceramics and furniture. Pictured above:  photographer Phil McMenemy is opening his studio, where you'll see Scotland in all its glories captured by his lens.

Enjoy a Spring Fling with some of Scotland's most talented designer-makers over the May Bank Holiday weekend. They'll be opening their studios to the public and visitors can not only see and buy products, but have a chance to try their own hand at a variety of crafts - such as making willow baskets or printing onto fabric.

Architectural blacksmith Adam Booth will be showing his latest 'By Piper’s Forge' range of beautifully-designed pieces that including fire irons, candlesticks, letter racks and objet d’art. He's in Kirkpatrick Durham and is also the man to turn to if you need a pair of contemporary sculptural gates.

Acclaimed Langholm-based cabinetmaker Daniel Lacey, who likes to work with wood that has fallen or blown down, rather than been deliberately felled, is previewing his latest pieces, which include tables and sideboards. Lacey is a graduate of the world-renowned Parnham College in Dorset.
Credenza by cabinet maker Daniel Lacey. www.daniellacey.com
Linocut print by Clare Melinsky, an artist who's based in Thornhill
Enjoy landscapes by artist Angela Lawrence, based in Castle Douglas
Metal gates by artist blacksmith Adam Booth
See the glass designs of Susan McKay
Porcelain vessels by ceramicist Myer Halliday with hand drawn decorative design
How Much is that Moggy in the Window, by illustrator Val Macadam

If you like ceramics with delicate designs, look out for Myer Halliday, who makes contemporary pieces with hand-drawn line decorations; while the scores of brilliant artists participating include Clare Melinsky, who produces vibrant and stylised linocut prints from her Thornhill studio; landscape painter Angela Lawrence and illustrator Val Macadam in Kirkbean.

The main Spring Fling exhibition is taking place in the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries until 21 May, where you can see work by the artists taking part in the open studio weekend.

Also, watch out for the Rural Murals and don't miss special offers and discounts of up to 20 per cent available to members of the Spring Fling Friends scheme – find info on the website.