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Exploring the concept of adventure at Rheged

Organisers say anyone can have an adventure Credit: ITV Border

An exhibition exploring what the word 'adventure' means to different people is currently on display at the Rheged Centre near Penrith.

It encourages visitors to get out and have their own adventures by exploring their local area. An idea pioneered by adventurer Alastair Humphreys.

It's a daily exhibition that runs until Sunday 13 July. It includes contributions from Julian Cooper, Derek Eland, Richard Fisher, Roy Fleming and many more.

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Fellowship takes poet on a journey to France

Two poets fromDumfries and Galloway have been chosen for a month-long residency in France as part of the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

Tom Pow from Dumfries and Stuart Paterson from Sandyhills were chosen by the Scottish Book Trust for their fantastic work.

Lori Carnochan has been to catch up with Stuart and hear some of his poems.

Artists spring into Dumfries and Galloway

Artwork in every shape and size Credit: Leah Black

At this year's Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway artists will open their studios in the evening for the first time.

It means art lovers will have more time to see everything the want over the three day festival.

Andrew Adair's work Credit: Leah Black

Organisers say the Rural Murals that can be found across Dumfries and Galloway are a speical highlight.

The huge murals are a festival highlight for organisers Credit: ITV Border

Leah Black, Spring Fling director, said: “It’s a chance to meet artists and makers of all kinds, to browse, to buy and even to try your own hand at creating artworks. And it’s all taking place in one of the country’s most beautiful regions."

Award-winning poet flushed with success

A poet from Dumfries and Galloway has been awarded the prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship, which has earned him a month long residency in France.

Stuart Paterson, from Sandyhills, has drawn inspiration from his surroundings to produce the award-wining work.

He will leave his day job as a toilet cleaner in November to make the trip to France.

Rural murals attract art lovers to Dumfries and Galloway

Iona Ross, 11, and her sister Alyth, 13, from Dumfries, with Fred the horse Credit: Colin Hattersley

A visual arts festival is taking place across Dumfries and Galloway.

95 artists will be displaying their work throughout the region in the Spring Fling visual arts festival, this weekend, 24 - 26 May.

Fred's jacket was painted by Spring Fling artist Hope London Credit: Colin Hattersley

Artists from the across Scotland and Cumbria will join local artists to display works from a range of disciplines.

Ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography, film and textiles are just a few of the things to see.

Some of the murals are up to 40 metres long Credit: Spring Fling

Murals had appeared across the county in preparation for the festival.

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Events held in 30 venues across Dumfriesshire

Events are taking place in over 30 venues across Dumfriesshire Credit: ITV News Border

Around 60 shows are taking place across 30 different venues over the ten-day festival.

Shows are being performed in places like the grand Easterbrook Hall, the banks of the River Nith and the intimate Swallow Theatre in Ravenstone.

For a full listing of what's happening and where, click here.

Creative Director praises arts festival

"I think it's wonderful infact that this kaleidoscope of performances are happening here in Dumfries and Galloway. I mean the county is a very large county and it's a very large area with very different people from lots of different backgrounds wanting very different entertainment.

"But the beauty of it is bringing it all under the umbrella of the festival is that people can go and try out something they've maybe never seen before."

– Nick Heath, Creative Director, Opera A la Carte
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