Dumfries and Galloway covers the southwest corner of Scotland, sharing a small portion of its southern border with Cumbria in northern England. It lies on the Solway Firth to the east of the Irish Sea and is home to Scotland’s most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway.
A highlight of the craft calendar in Dumfries and Galloway is the annual Spring Fling in May, in which nearly 100 artists, designers and makers open their doors to visitors.
It’s a region known for beautiful scenery that has inspired many famous artists, writers and craftspeople, including Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Many visitors also come to enjoy the countryside, coastline and nature reserves, visit the region’s castles, monuments and ruins, and to cycle, fish and take part in watersports.
It’s a hub of artistic activity today, with makers producing handmade, unique pieces that can be seen in workshops, studios, galleries and shops throughout the area’s many towns and villages.
Take a look at our local craft highlights for Dumfries and Galloway.
Find out What's On in Dumfries and Galloway.
First up in our Handcrafted Christmas blog series is the National Museum of Scotland Gift Collection. To mark the reopening of the new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, six Scottish makers created brand new ranges inspired by the exhibits.
Come and celebrate Scottish design with the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and our Meet Your Maker programme.
What to do with all those leftover craft materials? Here's our handy guide to ten places to responsibly recycle and dispose of your studio waste in Scotland.
Let's take the first step in your sustainable journey as a maker by looking at renewable or locally sources materials…
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Being authentically green is good for you, the earth and builds fans. Our Make It Green brings you Andy Stirling Robertson's thoughts on going against the grain and wholeheartedly embracing green making.
Nature benefits, and so does your business. Our Make It Green series outlines all the benefits of embracing sustainablity.
Silver, Gold and now Green! Our Make It Green series brings you Ruth Hollywood's story of applying green thinking to her jewellery practice.
Thinking about embracing green practices in your craft? Our Make It Green blog series brings you insightful makers' stories, helpful hints and tips, and introduces the Green Crafts Initiative.
Head to the rustic countryside of Dumfries & Galloway for Scotland's premier art and craft open studios event. Visit the studios over 90 talented makers, visual artists and designers from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2016.
The annual Spring Fling Showcase exhibition was launched on Friday, featuring work from around 60 artists, makers and designers.
Spring Fling, Scotland's premier art and craft open studios event will return for 2015, bringing thousands of visitors to meet skilled Scottish craft makers of every kind. We give you a run-down of some of the makers who will be participating in this year's event.