Upland’s third annual visual art and craft fair will give shoppers the chance to buy beautiful handmade gifts direct from 39 superb exhibitors.

Upland made once again takes place at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries and is on the weekend of 4 and 5 November.

It’s a superb chance to buy jewellery, pottery, paintings, original prints, glass and many other hand-made and individually created pieces from some of the finest artists and makers in Dumfries and Galloway.

What makes them extra special is that it’s bespoke and handmade work that isn’t available in most shops.

All those taking part are members of Upland and many are regular participants in the region’s Spring Fling open studios weekend.  

Joanna Jones, Upland Assistant Director, said: “Upland made is growing into a really popular event for the region’s visual art and craft enthusiasts, as well as Christmas shoppers, and those in search of something special.

“It celebrates the handmade and supports locally-based artists and makers by showcasing the wealth of creative talent and diverse practice of Upland members.

“We hope you can join us this November to support local independent creative businesses, shop local, and pick up some wonderful works this festive season.”

This year’s line-up features a variety of new participants as well as many favourites from the past events.

Who is taking part:

  • Ailsa Black (painting)
  • Alan Cameron (wood cut prints)
  • Amanda Simmons (kiln-formed glass)
  • Bella Green (painting and jewellery)
  • Chris Renshaw (custom knives)
  • Clare Dawdry (pottery)
  • Daniel Lacey (wood/furniture)
  • Dorothy Stewart (scarves)
  • Elaine Fenwick (jewellery)
  • Liz Dagg (painting)
  • Fitch & McAndrew (ceramics)
  • Heather Armstrong (ceramics)
  • Helen Walsh (textiles and prints)
  • Hugh Bryden (painting, prints and artists books)
  • Jackie Zehnder (ceramics)
  • Jay Rubinstein (wood veneer mobiles)
  • Jo Gallant (textiles)
  • Julian Francis and Suzanne Stuart Davies (ceramics, sculpture, paintings)
  • Kay Ribbens (hats, headwear and wearable sculpture)
  • Kaz Robertson (jewellery)
  • Leah Halliday (illustration)
  • Liz Steele (ceramics)
  • Louisa Birdsall (illustration)
  • Lucy Hadley (homeware)
  • Mia Heath (bookbinding)
  • Michael Dixon (woodwork, photography)
  • Morag Macpherson (textiles)
  • Natalie Vardey (jewellery)
  • Pamela Grace (printmaking)
  • Rachel Ashcroft (wood)
  • Rebecca Woods (ceramics)
  • Roger Lever (photography)
  • Sarah Plant (painting)
  • Sarah Stewart (printmaking)
  • Sue Hughes (textiles)
  • Susie Niven (painting)
  • Tricia Barna and Andy Philpott (painting plus homeware) 
  • Val Macadam (drawings and prints). 

This year Upland made is funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and delivered in collaboration with Easterbrook Hall and OutPost Arts.

Upland is delighted to showcase the work of Langholm-based arts organisation OutPost Arts who will be taking out a stand to showcase the work of graduates from their Art Journal Project. 

In addition, the event will be delivered in partnership with DG Creative Wellbeing – an OutPost Arts programme. Easterbrook Hall will be running a pop-up café with warming food, tea, coffee and cakes.

Save the date

  • What: Upland made
  • Where: Main Hall, Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA 
  • When: Saturday 4 November 12pm-5pm, Sunday 5 November 10am to 4pm
  • Tickets: £1 and free for under 12s.

See the Upland website at www.weareupland.com.    


Notes for editors 

About Upland

Upland CIC (Community Interest Company) supports artists and makers based in, and with connections to, the region. It will delivers, events, training, networking, support and opportunities as part of a year-round programme to benefit the region, its artists, communities and economy. Upland CIC runs the annual Spring Fling contemporary visual art and craft open studios weekend in Dumfries and Galloway. It will work closely with other arts bodies in the region to further-strengthen the sector. Upland is based at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries and exists to:

  • produce and deliver festivals, events, and experimental projects of the highest quality
  • nurture an environment where artistic excellence thrives and grows
  • inspire and educate a wide range of audiences, customers and clients to understand, celebrate, be actively engaged in and supportive of visual art and craft practice
  • raise the profile of visual artists and makers locally, nationally and internationally fulfilling a crucial role in the culture and tourism of Dumfries and Galloway
  • build strategic partnerships at regional, national and international level
  • maintain a financially sound and adaptively resilient organisation
  • use, and encourage the use of, innovative and emerging digital technology
  • work to the benefit the local economy and the sustainability of local communities.

Its funders are Creative Scotland, D&G Council, The Holywood Trust, The William Grant Foundation, The Heritage Lottery Fund, ASWT, Barfill. 

About Creative Scotland

  • Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.

For media information contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at [email protected] or call Upland on 01387 213 218.