Upland delivers a year round programme of projects, events and exhibitions working with young people, emerging and established artists and makers. We create projects and also work alongside organisations to deliver projects.
Exploring the potential for a project space run for and by emerging artists in Dumfries & Galloway.
Upland is committed to bringing artists and craftmakers into schools to deliver talks and workshops for young people.
We also provide more bespoke opportunities for young people who may face barriers to education with our 1:1 Studio Visits.
We aim to provide support and opportunities to enable the creative talent of Dumfries & Galloway to flourish.
A work in progress by Rhiannon Dewar, Sarah McCusker, Christian Haynes, Emily Tough and Liv McDougall.
A work-in-progress exhibition of contemporary art in Kilsture Forest, 19-20 Aug 2023.
Artful Migration is aresidency programme which supports artists to create work informed by wildlife, the natural world, the environment and climate change.
A brand new hybrid residency exchange between Morag Macpherson and Tellas launching in 2023.
A new project that explores how contemporary art practice can be developed in the Western region of Dumfries and Galloway.
An intensive short course for young people that covers various elements of the creative visual art process.
We commissioned D&G-based photographer and filmmaker Colin Tennant to produce a short film for this year's event to mark and celebrate Spring Fling's 20th year.
A mix of work by artists and makers from over the years, celebrating the 20th Spring Fling Open Studios event.
Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley presented Earthlight, a collaborative temporal installation supported by the Spring Fling Creative Bursary, at Spring Fling 2022.
We are thrilled to present a brand-new selling exhibition in partnership with The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle to celebrate our milestone 20th Spring Fling Event.
This year participants are working collaboratively on a group project, experiencing hands-on learning with skilled woodworker, Mark Zygadlo.
The inaugural Fair giving visitors to shop for handmade unique Christmas gifts made by Upland Members
A set of booklets capturing personal reflections and memories to celebrate the unique heritage of Langholm's textile industry
Exploring and highlighting Langholm’s rich history and heritage in textile manufacture
An artist residency at the National Trust for Scotland’s Kelton Mains site at Threave Estate
Exploring and highlighting Langholm’s rich history and heritage in textile manufacture.
A focused group exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the natural world and our impact upon it.
A project giving artists the opportunity to research and creatively explore the subject of climate change in relation to the unique landscape of Dumfries & Galloway.
An exhibition of work by printmakers from Iceland and Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
To celebrate 15 years, we invited collectors to showcase artworks purchased at previous Spring Fling weekends.
This year Spring Fling's flagship exhibition took place in New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
Students of the Modern Makers 2017 programme worked with slipware potters Doug Fitch & Hannah McAndrew
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.
Upland has again joined forces with urban art specialists Recoat to grow and evolve Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2016
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.
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
'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.
Spring Fling joined forces with Glasgow based street art collective Recoat to produce Spring Fling | Rural Mural (SFRM).
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.
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.
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.
A 6-month programme of mentoring for recent graduates with a connection to Dumfries and Galloway
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.