Spring Fling

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


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Andy Priestman's studio. Photo by Colin Tennant
Amanda Simmons Studio
Adam Booth's Studio
Spring Fling Studio: Amanda Simmons & Natalie Vardey
Jeweller Alison Macleod at Spring Fling 2016
Andy Priestman, Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Tennant
Bea Last, Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Tennant
Lizzie Farey, Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Hattersley
Morag Macpherson, Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Hattersley
Gail Kelly, Spring Fling 2017. Photo by Colin Tennant
Clare Melinsky's studio, Spring Fling 2017. Photo by Colin Tennant
Ruth Laird, Spring Fling 2017. Photo by Colin Tennant

Spring Fling 2021

The dates for this year's event are: 29 May - 6 June 2021

Whilst we can't completely return to an open studios format safely, we're building on the successes of 2020 to bring you a carefully curated line up of online events, including virtual studio tours, workshops and talks. Alongside this, a brand new Upland commission and the SF Pop-UP showcase providing the opportunity for makers and customers to meet, discuss and buy/sell work in a safe socially distanced manner. 

Full details about the 2021 event can be found here


Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.  

Dumfries and Galloway; inspiring, vibrant and buzzing with creativity is a well recognised as a haven for artists and makers and Spring Fling has helped put the region on the national and international cultural map. Between 2003 and 2017 Spring Fling has attracted over 140,000 visitors who have made around 420,000 studio visits. In 15 years over £2.6 million of art and craft had been bought in studios and the event has brought over £13 million to the local economy.  

Spring Fling 2019 from Upland on Vimeo.

Between 90 - 100 professional artists and makers throw open the doors to their studios for three days over the late May bank holiday weekend, offering visitors the chance to get behind the scenes of artistic practice, experience artists and makers demonstrating and explaining their processes and inspirations and have the opportunity to buy a piece of art direct from the artist. Each studio experience is unique, every artist is different but each will offer a meaningful insight into the inner workings of an artist’s life.  

In addition to the core event, over the Spring Fling weekend visitors can enjoy a number of extra events and happenings such as public art commissions (see WaterOrganEdge and SFRM), exhibitions, performances, workshops and events. And visitors can studio hop the green way on one of the Spring Fling Bus Tours. 

Scroll down the page to read related articles and to see a selection of images from Spring Fling 2019.

For more information on Spring Fling Open Studios visit the dedicated SF website. 

Spring Fling 2017 from Upland on Vimeo.