Upland’s visual art and craft fair is back – giving Christmas shoppers the chance to buy beautiful handmade gifts direct from 34 superb exhibitors – this time with a new name.

Upland Made takes place at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries on the weekend of 5 and 6 November.

Last year’s inaugural event proved highly popular, allowing people to buy bespoke, handmade jewellery, pottery, paintings, original prints, glassware and many other hand-made and individually created pieces that aren’t available in most shops.

Among the attractions this year will be:

  • Pottery and ceramics from Fitch & McAndrew, Clare Dawdry, Heather Armstrong, Julian Francis, Andrew Adair, Jackie Zehnder, Josh Williams and Ruth Elizabeth Jones.
  • Paintings, drawings, original prints and other visual art by Ailsa Black, Hazel Campbell, Pamela Grace, Suzanne Stuart Davies, Anne Butler, Sarah Stewart, Val Macadam, Gail Kelly, Helen Walsh, Alan Cameron, Liz Dagg, Lucy Hadley and Tricia Barna.
  • Jewellery by Natalie Vardey and Jesse Ball.
  • Hats, clothes, cushions, scarves and other textiles by Morag Macpherson, Jo Gallant, Laura Derby, Janet Ibbotson, Kay Ribben, Dorothy Stewart and Sue Hughes.
  • Wooden mobiles, woodwork and furniture by Jay Rubinstein, Peter Smith, Daniel Lacey and Andy Philpott (including table lamps).
  • Mixed media work from Jo Shennan and Ruth Hanson.

The event is being staged by Upland CIC, the Dumfries and Galloway art and craft development organisation to showcase work by Upland members and to promote local shopping initiatives. 

All the artists and makers taking part are members of Upland and many of them are regular participants in the region’s open studios weekend. 

Upland hopes the event will become a regular fixture in the events calendar offering shoppers the chance to buy from multiple artists and makers under one roof, a completely different experience to Upland’s flagship event, Spring Fling, which leads visitors around studios across the region. 

Joanna Jones, Upland Assistant Director, said: “We are building on last year’s success with an even bigger and better winter art and craft fair. This time we are back with new branding, new exhibitors and more to offer visitors.

“It will be a great chance to enjoy a day out meeting some of our finest artists and makers, and to buy beautiful and unusual Christmas gifts that you don’t find on the High Street.”

This event is supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

More information on what is on offer will be released in the coming weeks. 


What: Upland Made winter visual art and craft fair.

Where: Main Hall, Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA.

When: Saturday 5 November 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday 6 November, 10am to 4pm.


Notes for editors 

Picture of Val Macadam by Ruari Barbour Fleming

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. 

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