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Mythical mosaics on display at Spring Fling

Kate Anderson and her Mosaics Credit: Spring Fling

Mosaics featuring creatures from myth and legend are among the artwork on display at a visual arts show in Dumfries and Galloway.

Kate Anderson, who has a studio near Kirkudbright, is one of 94 artists from the region showcasing work at the 13th annual Spring Fling.

The event, which runs from May 23 to 25, is a showcase for everything from paintings, original prints, photography and sculpture to jewellery, cabinet making, glassware and textiles.

Last year it attracted around 13,400 visitors, more than half from outwith the region and overseas, and contributed around £1.4 million to the local economy.

Kate Anderson said:

It’s lovely to welcome people to the studio and talk to them about mosaics and how they are made. It’s an ancient tradition and one that has a long history in so many parts of the world, people really seem to enjoy discovering how it’s done in the present and more about its past.

– Kate Anderson, artist


Feeling fresh for the rest of the bank holiday weekend

Some fine weather around to finish the weekend Credit: Derwentwater ANDY WILLIAMS

Sunday: Cloud and outbreaks of rain will clear south-eastwards during Sunday morning, followed by cooler, clearer conditions. But some isolated showers could possibly develop in the northwest later. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Mainly dry on Monday with sunny spells for many. Rather cloudy, but dry with some bright intervals on Tuesday. Breezier, with some rain or showers possible on Wednesday.


Descendants gather to remember Quintinshill victims

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Descendants of the men that lost their lives in a rail disaster in Gretna 100 years ago have gathered to pay their respects at a cemetery in Edinburgh, where many of the victims are buried.

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The 22nd May 2015 marks the centenary of the Quintinshill train crash in Gretna, in which 216 members of 1st/7th (Leith) Battalion The Royal Scots were killed or died in the aftermath.

The Royal Scots Association (for former members of The Royal Scots), supported by members of the 1st, 2nd and 6th Battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the descendant Regiment of The Royal Scots, are holding the commemoration at Rosebank Cemetery.

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Spring Fling in full flow across D&G

Natalie has travelled from her home in The Hague to take part in Spring Fling Credit: Colin Hattersley

Scotland's premier arts and crafts festival, Spring Fling, is well underway across Dumfries and Galloway.

A total of 95 studios are taking part in this year's event, which is now in it's 13th year, with artists coming from all over Europe.

As part of the festival, many artists who no longer live in the region are encouraged to return to their roots through the 'Spingback' scheme.

This year Natalie McIlroy, whose family are in Langholm, has returned from her home in The Hague to display some of her work. Her exhibition at the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries features pieces from four different national and international projects.

“I do a lot of travelling and international residencies and this is a great chance to come back to this area and show the work I’ve been doing. It’s really important to return to your roots, it makes you realise how much home influences your work wherever you are.

“And these days Dumfries and Galloway is such an exciting place for the arts and gives so much support. In the last few days I have been talking to young artists here who are involved with some brilliant projects."

– Natalie McIlroy, Artist
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