Projects

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.

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Spring Fling

Events, Spring Fling

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

 

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ROAM (Space)

Emerging Artists, Young People

Exploring the potential for a project space run for and by emerging artists in Dumfries & Galloway.

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Early Engagement

Young People

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.

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Professional & Creative Development

Emerging Artists, Professional Development

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

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Emerge

Emerging Artists, Professional Development, Young People

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

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Spring Fling Rural Mural (SFRM) 2024

Events, Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

Spring Fling Rural Mural (SFRM) is back in 2024

Past Projects

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Upland made

Events, Exhibitions, Professional Development

Upland made is an annual visual art and craft fair produced by Upland

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Artful Migration Residency Programme 2023

Artful Migration, Residencies & Commissions

Artful Migration is aresidency programme which supports artists to create work informed by wildlife, the natural world, the environment and climate change. 

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Artful Migration Conference

Artful Migration, Events

An exploration of artists-in-residence, birds on the move, and habitats in transition. 
The Artful Migration programme is developed by Upland in partnership with Moving Souls Dance. 

 

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ROAM (West)

Residencies & Commissions

A new project that explores how contemporary art practice can be developed in the Western region of Dumfries and Galloway.

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This Is Not My Day Job

Emerging Artists, Exhibitions, Young People

A work in progress by Rhiannon Dewar, Sarah McCusker, Christian Haynes, Emily Tough and Liv McDougall.

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KILSTURE ROAMING

Exhibitions

A work-in-progress exhibition of contemporary art in Kilsture Forest, 19-20 Aug 2023.

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MORAG x TELLAS 2023

Residencies & Commissions

A brand new hybrid residency exchange between Morag Macpherson and Tellas launching in 2023.

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Spring Fling CREATE Bursary

Emerging Artists, Professional Development, Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

CREATE is a new scheme which awards free entry into Spring Fling for artists working in installation, experimental or site-specific work that doesn’t necessarily fit within the ‘traditional’ or ‘typical’ open studios setting.

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Modern Makers 2022

Modern Makers

This year participants are working collaboratively on a group project, experiencing hands-on learning with skilled woodworker, Mark Zygadlo.

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Spring Fling Film by Colin Tennant

Spring Fling

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.

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The Biscuit Factory Exhibition

Exhibitions

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.

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Bea Last's Visual Art Summer Studio

Emerging Artists, Young People

An intensive short course for young people that covers various elements of the creative visual art process.

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Spring Fling at 20 Exhibition

Exhibitions, Spring Fling

A mix of work by artists and makers from over the years, celebrating the 20th Spring Fling Open Studios event.

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Modern Makers

Modern Makers, Young People

'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.

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Earthlight // Creative Bursary

Exhibitions, Spring Fling

Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley presented Earthlight, a collaborative temporal installation supported by the Spring Fling Creative Bursary, at Spring Fling 2022.

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Winter Art & Craft Fair

Events

The inaugural Fair giving visitors to shop for handmade unique Christmas gifts made by Upland Members

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Jump Cut

Young People

A creative project for young people (30 years and under) to learn filmmaking skills.

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Artful Migration 2020

Artful Migration, Residencies & Commissions

An artist residency at the National Trust for Scotland’s Kelton Mains site at Threave Estate

 

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Modern Makers 2021

Modern Makers

Modern Makers 2021 – working with jeweller Lisa Rothwell-Young

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Making Connections: Langholm Made

Residencies & Commissions

Exploring and highlighting Langholm’s rich history and heritage in textile manufacture.

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Langholm Made: infinite hands

Residencies & Commissions

a programme of short films celebrating women, weaving and textiles.

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Langholm Made: Conversations with former textile workers

Residencies & Commissions

A set of booklets capturing personal reflections and memories to celebrate the unique heritage of Langholm's textile industry

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The Call, Katie Anderson

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

A public art commission for Spring Fling 2021

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Modern Makers 2020

Modern Makers

Modern Makers 2020 – working with glass artist Amanda Simmons

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Making Connections: Schools Project

Residencies & Commissions, Young People

Exploring and highlighting Langholm’s rich history and heritage in textile manufacture

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Modern Makers 2019

Residencies & Commissions, Young People

Modern Makers 2019 - A focus on the craft of printmaking

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Energise

Residencies & Commissions

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.

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The WaterOrgan

Residencies & Commissions

A public art commission for Spring Fling 2019

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SF Pop-UP

Residencies & Commissions

SF Pop-UP in the heart of Dumfries

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Energise Members Exhibition

Exhibitions

A focused group exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the natural world and our impact upon it.

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Life Stories

Young People

A project with the Elmbank Centre and Upland Member artist Hope London.

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Coast to Coast

Exhibitions

An exhibition of work by printmakers from Iceland and Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Modern Makers 2018

Modern Makers

Modern Makers 2018

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Artful Migration: Artist Residency

Artful Migration, Residencies & Commissions

An artist residency at WWT Caerlaverock

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Confluence

Professional Development, Residencies & Commissions

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.

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Surge

Exhibitions

A curated exhibition of work by Upland Members
Patriothall Gallery
2-10 September 2017

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Modern Makers 2017

Modern Makers

Students of the Modern Makers 2017 programme worked with slipware potters Doug Fitch & Hannah McAndrew

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Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival Residency

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

Artist in Residence 2016/17

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EDGE

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

A public art commission for Spring Fling 2017

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Outpost | Spring Fling

Exhibitions, Spring Fling

This year Spring Fling's flagship exhibition took place in New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. 

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Collected Exhibition

Exhibitions, Spring Fling

To celebrate 15 years, we invited collectors to showcase artworks purchased at previous Spring Fling weekends.

 

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Modern Makers 2016

Modern Makers

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

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Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2016

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

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

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We Are Upland Symposium

Events

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.

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Writer in Residence

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

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

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Spring Fling Rural Mural (#SFRM) 2014

Residencies & Commissions, Spring Fling

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

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Resident in Schools

Residencies & Commissions, Young People

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.

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Young Artist Bursary (YAB) Mentoring Programme

Residencies & Commissions, Young People

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

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Modern Heritage Craft

Young People

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. 

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Spring Shows 2014 - 2015

Exhibitions

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.

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Environmental Art Festival Scotland 2013

Events

Scotland's inaugural Environmental Art Festival

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Couch

Events

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.