About Upland

Upland is a bold, ambitious, rural-based visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland.

Spring Fling Rural Mural 2016. Photo by Colin Tennant
Spring Fling Rural Mural 2016. Photo by Colin Tennant

Upland is a bold, ambitious, rurally-based visual art, design and craft development organisation.

Upland is based in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland and has evolved from Spring Fling Community Interest Company - find out more in Our History

Our Mission

Our mission is to embrace a spirit of excellence, innovation and experimentation. We nurture, produce and promote visual art, design and craft, and raise the profile of the creative industries of our rural area in a national and international context.

We support and promote visual artists, designers and makers by developing mutually supportive partnerships, and engaging with diverse communities and audiences.

Our Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Experimentation
  • Ambition
  • Creativity
  • Nurturing
  • Respect

Our Aims

  • To produce and deliver festivals, events, and experimental projects of the highest quality
  • To nurture the development of artistic excellence so that it thrives and grows
  • To inspire and educate a wide range of audiences, customers and clients to understand, celebrate, participate in and be supportive of visual art and craft practice
  • To raise the profile of visual artists and makers locally, nationally and internationally fulfilling a crucial role in the culture and tourism of Dumfries and Galloway
  • To work to benefit the local economy and the sustainability of local communities 


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