Spring Fling arts and craft event launches programme
- 28 April 2009
7th annual Dumfries and Galloway open studio event
The seventh annual Spring Fling will take place throughout Dumfries and Galloway from 23-25 May. Around 80 participants across the county will open their doors to the public over the bank holiday weekend giving the opportunity to see artists at work, join a workshop or just buy while travelling to studios amid some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
One of the highlights of this year’s event will be a rare private tour of the Charles Jencks-designed Garden of Cosmic Speculation at Portrack on 25 May.
Adding an exciting new element to this year's Spring Fling programme, the organisers have announced a Kirkcudbright residency project for artist Edinburgh-based artist Tim Taylor in partnership with Wasps (Workshop and Artists' Studio Provision Scotland). Wasps has recently obtained approval to purchase two properties in Kirkcudbright to convert into the first Wasps artists' studio complex in Dumfries and Galloway.
Tim Taylor, saw off strong competition from over 30 other applicants from Wasps studios across Scotland. Taylor will spend 10 days in the lead-up to and during Spring Fling exploring the natural and cultural heritage of the town and creating new work to be showcased in an 'open studio' environment during the 2009 Spring Fling event.
A sculptor and installation artist who works with found objects and second-hand items, Taylor plans to use the town's artistic and maritime history as starting points. A visiting lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, his work is characterised by an exploration of the beauty, pathos and humour inherent in the everyday and has previously been shown as far afield as Ekaterinburg, in Russia, and San Francisco, in the USA.
The artist also recently made a sponsored journey across Edinburgh - consecutively swimming a length of every pool in the city - inspired by the journey taken by Ned Merrill (played by Burt Lancaster) in cult film The Swimmer, based on the John Cheever story of the same name.
Spring Fling 2009 takes place from 23 - 25 May, throughout Dumfries and Galloway.