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Spring Fling arts and crafts fair to return to Dumfries & Galloway

Credit: Spring Fling

Over 13,000 visitors are expected to descend upon Dumfries and Galloway over the bank holiday weekend for the region's arts and crafts event.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Spring Fling event will showcase works of over 90 artists and craft-makers.

The fair will involve artists opening their studios up to the public.

Last year, over £1.5million was spent during the region-wide event.

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Spring Fling festival attracting big crowds

Painter showing off her work Credit: Spring Fling

Early indications show that it could be a bumper weekend for Dumfries and Galloway's Spring Fling festival.

It's the 14th year the event has been held and thousands of people have been making the most of the good weather by visiting the artists and their studios.

Around 100 artists, sculptors and designers open their doors to the public over the bank holiday weekend.

Among the most popular venues to visit is Threave Gardens and Estate, where painter Catriona Taylor and illustrator Lucy Hadley have been showing off their work.

“Threave is a lovely venue, people have really enjoyed the chance to meet and chat about art and spend time wandering round one of the loveliest gardens in the region.”

– Catriona Taylor
Blacksmith Adam Booth Credit: Spring Fling

Visitors can follow designated routes around the region, leading them to every corner of Dumfries and Galloway.

In Kirkpatrick Durham, blacksmith Adam Booth has been showing off his work- including letter wracks and bespoke gates.

“It’s been a fabulous weekend so far, with lots of people loving the chance to see so many studios and so many different forms of art and craft all round the region.”

– Adam Booth

Willow weavers showcase at Spring Fling

Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Collin Hatterlsey

Willow weaver Geoff Forrest has been welcoming hundreds of visitors to his temporary studio in New Galloway as part of this year's Spring Fling festival.

The event is now in it's 13th year and features 94 artists and makers who have opened up studios across Dumfries and Galloway.

Geoff, along with three other weavers, makes everything from traditional baskets to figurative and abstract sculptures.

"I make baskets and anything that I possibly can from willow. Living structures, figurative sculptures, forms influenced by nature, things that hang on the wall, rest on a table or stand on the floor. Twisty, bendy, wobbly, wonderful willow."

– Geoff Forrest, Willow weaver
Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Colin Hattersley

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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.

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."

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