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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Spring Fling line up revealed

A DIVERSE line up of 93 artists, makers and designers will take part in this year’s Spring Fling.

The exhibitors in the 15th anniversary weekend in May were this week revealed by the organisers.

And the list includes 15 new names, as well as dozens of familiar faces.
Visitors to the participating studios, which stretch from Langholm to Castle Douglas will be able to see jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, photography, original prints, metalwork, glass, textiles, furniture and more.
Joanna Macaulay, from Upland which runs Spring Fling, said: “It’s always a big moment in our year when we unveil the names of everyone selected to be part of Spring Fling. As ever there will be an extraordinary mix of work in some amazing studio settings.
“One of the highlights of Spring Fling is that it brings together established and fresh talent, so there is always plenty that’s new to enjoy.”
Meanwhile, a further 15 local artists have been selected to take part in an Outpost exhibition at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester from March to May.
The aim is to showcase Dumfries and Galloway’s work to a wider audience and taking part will be sculptors, printmakers, jewellers, ceramicists and photographers.
Joanna said: “It’s also essential to take our art and craft outwith the region, providing the artists with a platform to exhibit and sell their work and take Spring Fling to new audiences.
“Outpost will include a rich mix of the decorative and functional, some from artists and makers with national and international reputations, leaders in their fields, while others are innovative young talents.”
Welcoming them, Beth Alden, from New Brewery Arts, said: “It’s always exciting to give people the chance to see high-quality work from other parts of the country who they might not have encountered before.”
For full details of all those taking part in Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-fling.co.uk.

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jw *** Local Caption *** FIGURINES . . . work by Jennifer Watt will be in the Outpost
Jennifer Watt’s figurines will be in the Outpost

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