Current Projects

Upland aims to inspire and educate audiences and communities and bring opportunities to its visual artists and makers. We create projects and also work along side organisations to deliver projects.

Spring Fling

Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studio event.

27 - 29 May 2017

Modern Makers

'The best way to become a skilled maker is to learn from one'

Modern Makers is a programme for a small group of young people to work intensively with a professional maker to learn craft skills.

Emerge

A 9 month programme of mentoring, networking and training for recent graduates of UK art schools who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway.

EDGE

A public art commission for Spring Fling 2017

Confluence

A flowing together. In a literal sense, it's about rivers. But it's more often used to talk about the coming together of factors or ideas, or of cultures.

Professional & Creative Development

We aim to provide support and opportunities to enable the creative talent of Dumfries & Galloway to flourish.

Past Projects

Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2016

Upland has again joined forces with urban art specialists Recoat to grow and evolve Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2016

We Are Upland Symposium

Upland held it's offical launch on Friday 5th February 2016. 'We Are Upland' was a one-day symposium which brought together artists and makers from across the region along with a variety of speakers from all across Scotland.

Modern Makers 2016

Between February - July 2016 six young people from D&G worked with Sam Booth (Echo Living) to design and build a bespoke structure for an RSPB reserve near Wigtown

MAKLab Dumfries

South West Scotland's first Digital Fabrication Lab

Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival Residency 2015/16: Gill White

Gill White creating new interactive artworks during Wigtown Book Festival 2015

Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2014

Spring Fling joined forces with Glasgow based street art collective Recoat to produce Spring Fling | Rural Mural (SFRM).

Writer in Residence

Poems and flash fiction inspired by the artists and makers of Spring Fling

Resident in Schools

In 2014/2015, Spring Fling took six artists as residents into two schools for five days to work with schools and students in Dumfries & Galloway across the curriculum on a project identified in collaboration with the school.

Spring Shows 2014 - 2015

Exhibitions in the run up to Spring Fling: our journey to take quality contemporary art and craft outside Dumfries & Galloway, to attract new national and international visitors in.

Environmental Art Festival Scotland 2013

Scotland's inaugural Environmental Art Festival

Modern Heritage Craft

Modern Heritage Craft (2013 - 2015) created the chance for young people to work with professional makers to learn a craft and create a contemporary functional object in 10 days. 

Young Artist Bursary (YAB) Mentoring Programme

A 6-month programme of mentoring for recent graduates with a connection to Dumfries and Galloway

Couch

For the 10th anniversary of Spring Fling, artist Alice Francis was commissioned to wrap the entire outside of a traditional Galloway cottage in floral couch fabric.