ART: Spring Fling Home Exhibition

Some of you might remember my first art review post (you can see it here if you don't), but on the same day where I went to see the giant dolls of Sparkle and Spin I also went to the Spring Fling Home Exhibition. 

The Spring Fling Home Exhibition was also held at the Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries, which you can again find the information here

The Home Exhibition is open now until the 3rd of May and the aim of it was to showcase all 92 artists that will be featuring in Spring Fling.  Before I go into Home let's take a minute and talk about Spring Fling, because it is one of my favourite weekends of the year and is one of the reasons I love my home - Dumfries and Galloway.  

Spring Fling is this crazily good arts festival that happens all over Dumfries and Galloway on the weekend of 24th to the 26th of May.  Over this weekend almost 100 artists across the land open up their galleries for everyone for free.  I love this weekend because you discover all sorts of different creative people right on your doorstep. 

You can find out more about it here.

Now the Home Exhibition is kind of like a preview to the Spring Fling.  They have got at least one piece - usually more - from every single artist and have curated it in a home setting. 

Here are my favourite pieces from around the "Home"

And look what I saw as I wandered around, lots of Little Dot Creations!  Remember I had a very special interview with the artist Suzi a couple of weeks ago?  Well she is doing really well and is taking part in Spring Fling so is featured in Home.  But don't her cushions and everything look great? 

Overall I really respect the way the curator has came at this gallery.  They were clearly given a brief of showcasing every artist which is really tough!  I think the theme of Home was a great idea and a really clever way of getting around the hard brief.  

However (unfortunately there is a however), as you walk around the rooms you can't help but feel like it's all a bit mismatched.  Unfortunately there isn't a lot of flow to the exhibition as the rooms aren't really organised by themes or colours, rather it's by the function of the room.  There was also some art outside the rooms, which almost had the feeling of bric-a-brak about the place with no real place in the home which was a shame.  So that's my only criticism of the Spring Fling Home Exhibition, but I know that with so many artists to work with this was going to be really difficult and the curator has been really creative!  

Overall it is still a really nice day out and it's also useful!  If you are going to Spring Fling this year I would really recommend Home to get a taste of the artists for the weekend and make your action plan!