Spring Fling

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


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Anne Butler's studio. Photo by Colin Tennant
'The Call', Katie Anderson for Spring Fling 2021. Photograph by Colin Tennant
SF Pop-UP at Spring Fling 2021. Photograph by Colin Tennant
Work by Laura Derby at Spring Fling 2021. Photograph by Colin Tennant
Anne Butler at work in her Studio for Spring Fling 2021. Photograph by Colin Tennant
Workshops at Spring Fling 2021. Photograph by Colin Tennant
'17 Hertz' by Emerge artist Rachel Shnapp at Spring Fling 2021, Image by Colin Tennant.
Hazel Campbell at Spring Fling 2020. Image by Colin Tennant
Alison Corfield at work during Spring Fling 2020. Image by Colin Tennant
Works by Morag Macpherson, Spring Fling 2020. Image by Colin Tennant
'The WaterOrgan' by Mark Zylgado for Spring Fling 2019. Image by Colin Tennant

Spring Fling 2022

We’re already looking forward to 2022, which will be a landmark year for Spring Fling as we celebrate our 20th Event!⁠⁠

Spring Fling 2022 will be happening on 2 – 5 June 2022⁠

This follows the normal format of having the event at the late May Bank Holiday weekend, however, due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, these dates and the bank holiday have moved. Spring Fling 2022 will be a 4 day event.⁠

We’ll be celebrating this milestone in style – watch this space for more information!⁠

If you are interested in taking part, applications are open now until the 24th of October 2021. More information 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.