Upland made 2023 Announced - Buy Handmade Visual Art and Craft


  • Third annual event features 39 artists and makers

  • Find extra-special Christmas gifts while shopping local

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Image by Ruari Barbour Fleming / Upland made 2022/ work by Fitch & McAndrew
Image by Ruari Barbour Fleming / Upland made 2022/ work by Fitch & McAndrew

Upland’s third annual visual art and craft fair will give shoppers the chance to buy beautiful handmade gifts direct from 39 superb exhibitors.

Upland made once again takes place at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries and is on the weekend of 4 and 5 November.

It’s an excellent chance to buy jewellery, pottery, paintings, original prints, glass and many other hand-made and individually created pieces from some of the finest artists and makers in Dumfries and Galloway.

What makes them extra special is that it’s bespoke and handmade work that isn’t available in most shops.

All those taking part are members of Upland and many are regular participants in the region’s Spring Fling open studios weekend. 

Joanna Jones, Upland Assistant Director, said: “Upland made is growing into a really popular event for the region’s visual art and craft enthusiasts, as well as Christmas shoppers, and those in search of something special.

“It celebrates the handmade and supports locally-based artists and makers by showcasing the wealth of creative talent and diverse practice of Upland members.

“We hope you can join us this November to support local independent creative businesses, shop local, and pick up some wonderful works this festive season.”

This year’s line-up features a variety of new participants as well as many favourites from the past events.

Who is taking part:

  • Ailsa Black (painting)
  • Alan Cameron (wood cut prints)
  • Amanda Simmons (kiln-formed glass)
  • Bella Green (painting and jewellery)
  • Chris Renshaw (custom knives)
  • Clare Dawdry (pottery)
  • Daniel Lacey (wood/furniture)
  • Dorothy Stewart (handwoven scarves)
  • Elaine Fenwick (jewellery)
  • Liz Dagg (painting)
  • Fitch & McAndrew (ceramics)
  • Heather Armstrong (ceramics)
  • Helen Walsh (textiles and prints)
  • Hugh Bryden (painting, prints and artists' books)
  • Jackie Zehnder (ceramics)
  • Jay Rubinstein (wood veneer mobiles)
  • Jo Gallant (textiles)
  • Julian Francis and Suzanne Stuart Davies (ceramics, sculpture, paintings)
  • Kay Ribbens (hats, headwear and wearable sculpture)
  • Kaz Robertson (jewellery)
  • Leah Halliday (illustration)
  • Liz Steele (ceramics)
  • Louisa Birdsall (illustration)
  • Lucy Hadley (homeware)
  • Mia Heath (bookbinding)
  • Michael Dixon (woodwork, photography)
  • Morag Macpherson (textiles)
  • Natalie Vardey (jewellery)
  • Pamela Grace (printmaking)
  • Rachel Ashcroft (wood)
  • Rebecca Woods (ceramics)
  • Roger Lever (photography)
  • Sarah Plant (painting)
  • Sarah Stewart (printmaking)
  • Sue Hughes (textiles)
  • Susie Niven (painting)
  • Tricia Barna and Andy Philpott (painting plus homeware)
  • Val Macadam (drawings and prints).

This year Upland made is funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and delivered in collaboration with Easterbrook Hall and OutPost Arts.

Upland is delighted to showcase the work of Langholm-based arts organisation OutPost Arts who will be taking out a stand to showcase the work of graduates from their Art Journal Project.

In addition, the event will be delivered in partnership with DG Creative Wellbeing - an OutPost Arts programme. Easterbrook Hall will be running a pop-up café with warming food, tea, coffee and cakes.

Save the date

  • What: Upland made
  • Where: Main Hall, Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA
  • When: Saturday 4 November 12pm-5pm, Sunday 5 November 10am to 4pm
  • Tickets: £1 and free for under 12s.