|Spring Fling 26 - 28th May 07|
Auchencairn's accommodation, in the form of hotels, bed and breakfast guest houses and self catering cottages, provides a fantastic base from where to enjoy Spring Fling's great weekend of free visits to our arts and crafts workshops. Check out here.
Spring Fling’s Red Route through Auchencairn
For the Fifth consecutive year Dumfries and Galloway will be playing host to the extremely popular open studio weekend ‘Spring Fling’. From the 26th May for 3 days, 71 workshops and studios across the region will be opening their doors for the public to see first hand the work that goes into creating fabulous Scottish designs and works of art. This is a unique opportunity for everyone locally to get involved, speak to the artists and find out what they do, how they do it, and maybe even purchase a very special piece direct from the studio. Prices start from as little as £5 so there is something for everyone in this popular event that in the last four years has attracted just over 55,000 visits to studios and workshops around the area.
This year’s event will build on the success of previous events with 25% more participating artists and craft producers than last year. Participants come from all four corners of Dumfries and Galloway and every artistic discipline is represented. There is a real diversity of talent and creativity flourishing in the region and visitors to the event will be able to experience painters, jewellery designers, sculptors, furniture makers, photographers, basket weavers, printmakers and ceramicists at work.
The 12 studios on the red route provide all visitors with a very warm welcome. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the art and craft on sale in the studios and workshops along the trail. Further, with a large number of studios providing demonstrations in the practise of lamp blown glass by artist Ed Iglehart and woven textiles by weaver Janet O’Donnell the route offers something for everybody. Mosaics, furniture, painting and ceramics can be enjoyed en route from Auchencairn through the Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright to the market town of Gatehouse of Fleet. Auchencairn also features the works of Will Levi Smith, Trevor Leat and John Crosby.The studios of ceramic artist Fiona Frances and painter Ken Smyth are a must see in Gatehouse followed. A highlight is the sculptural work of David Ralston, new to Spring Fling 2007, which is presented in the unusual setting of Anwoth church, just outside Gatehouse.
The Spring Fling brochure is now available from Gracefield Arts Centre (to order a copy call 01387 262084) and other outlets across the region. The brochure can also be ordered by visiting www.spring-fling.co.uk. This year’s brochure is packed full of fantastic information and listings of the artists and craft producers along with six suggested studio trails and places to visit along the way.
Last year the event boosted the local economy by around £365,000 and this year it is estimated that this figure will be increased by at least 10%. Spring Fling is now well established on the national events calendar and visitors come from all around the world to Dumfries and Galloway to take part.
For more information about Spring Fling, visit www.spring-fling.co.uk or call Helen Voce or Suzy West at Gracefield Arts Centre on 01387 262084.
Please mention this community website when making enquiries.