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Thousands flock to Spring Fling

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

NINETY four artist’s studios flung open their doors to let in thousands of people this weekend.

The 13th Spring Fling event spanned the region and brought an estimated 13,000 visitors into Dumfries and Galloway.

Most of those taking part live and work in south-west Scotland, but the Springback scheme also welcomed back those with a connection to the area to return and share their work.

One of those was Natalie McIlroy, pictured, now living in The Hague but from Langholm.

She is a site-specific installation artist and her exhibition at the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries features pieces from four different national and international projects.

Natalie said: “It’s really important to return to your roots, it makes you realise how much home influences your work wherever you are.”


Also taking part is Diana de Gruyther, who lives in a 18th century jointed crook frame cottage at Harlehawhill, near Canonbie. Along with her woodworking partner, Mick Read, she has spent years renovating the property and is enjoying showing it off, below.


Meanwhile, magical mosaics is the theme of Kate Anderson’s studio at of Tongland near Kirkcudbright:


To find out more about Spring Fling, which ends on Monday (May 25), go to


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