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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
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OVER 90 artists will take part in the 15th Spring Fling event this May, including 15 new faces.

The first details have been revealed about the popular open studios weekend, which will also include two special exhibitions.

There will be 93 participating artists, makers and designers exhibiting all across Dumfries and Galloway from May 27-29.
But art from the area will also be going on tour to the Cotswolds.
In a first, a carefully curated exhibition called Outpost | Spring Fling at New Brewery Arts will run in Cirencester from March 25 to May 14.
Joanna Macaulay, of Upland who co-ordinate Spring Fling, said: “We are very much looking forward to taking a selection of work by Spring Fling artists, makers and designers to another beautiful rural area, when we hold our exhibition in Cirencester.”
And Beth Alden, of hosts New Brewery Arts, said: “This is a really exciting partnership; both organisations are based in exceptionally beautiful countryside, and both regions foster a real community of independent makers. To see how these similarities manifest themselves in physical, hand-made work is going to be fascinating.”
Furthermore, Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries is also planning a birthday exhibition from April 22. It will celebrate the event from a visitor’s perspective, looking at where works are now, how they have shaped people’s lives and homes and highlighting the relationship between artist and collector.
Joanna Macaulay added: “Our 15th birthday will be a special year for us and a chance to look at how Spring Fling has blossomed to become the premier event of its kind in Scotland.”
Meanwhile, there will be seven Springbacks featuring in the main weekend– each with a strong connection to the area but currently based elsewhere.
And the Neighbours scheme returns, through which artists and makers from adjoining areas are invited to take part. In 2017 this will include people from Ayrshire, The Borders, Cumbrian and Northern Ireland.
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