A 9 month programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artist and makers who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway.

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Emerge recipient Luke Fitch with his mentor Katharine Wheeler (2017)
Fraser Irvine Young Artist 2014
Katie Anderson Young Artist 2015
Terri Campbell Young Artist 2015
Clare Williams with her mentor Lisa Rothwell Young during Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Hattersley
Emerge 2016 participant Morgan Hardie exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Emerge 2016 participant Emily Nash exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Luke Fitch, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017. Photo by Colin Hattersley.
Rosie Reid, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017.

A development of the Young Artists Bursary Mentoring Programme, Emerge is a 9 month programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artists or makers (25 years or under) who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Emerge recipients will be mentored by professional experienced artists / makers over 9 months, awarded a bursary of £1000 to create new work and take part in Spring Fling Open Studios. 

The programme also offers funding towards Go & See Trips,  enabling the mentor and mentee to attend relevant events such as exhibitions, conferences, workshops or clasess.


Those taking part in 2016 are visual artist Denise Zygadlo, from Auldgirth, who will be mentoring Morgan Hardie, a Dumfries-based portrait painter and gallery assistant at Gracefield Arts Centre.

Lisa Rothwell Young, a Langholm based jeweller who runs Langholm’s Cut The Mustard gallery is mentoring Clare Williams who works with textiles and surface designs including beautiful scarves and cushions, based near Lockerbie.

Sarah Keast, from Moniaive, who is well known for her printmaking and for her love of the ocean, ships and sea life, will mentor Emily Nash, from near Wigtown, who specialises in drawing, mixed media and printmaking.

The 2016 project is made possible by the Holywood Trust, which is supporting two of the young artists and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust which is supporting the third.


For 2017 we have awarded two Emerge Bursaries. The recipients are portrait painter Luke Fitch and textile designer Rosie Reid. Luke and Rosie will be mentored by Katharine Wheeler and Morag Macpherson respectively. The 2017 programme is supported by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the 2017 project here.

The 2018 recipients were David Rae (mentored by Bea Last) and Kyna Hodges (mentored by Denise Zygadlo and Morag Paterson).

David graduated from Grays School of Art in 2017 with a first class honours in painting. He creates paintings based on locations that featured in his childhood, places he has visited or imagined. 

Kyna graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 where she studied Communication Design, specialising in photography. Kyna's practice includes installation, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The 2018 programme was funded by The Holywood Trust and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust. Read more about the 2018 programme here.