NI Maker Gail Kelly (Algan Arts) Selected for Spring Fling

11-May-2017 in

Featured Craft NI Directory maker, and all round talent Gail Kelly, aka Algan Arts, has been selected to exhibit at Spring Fling '17 from 27-29 May. Craft NI would like to wish Gail the best of luck!

The event will see 93 artists and makers, most of them from south west Scotland, throwing open their doors to the public. Gail is only the second participant from Northern Ireland and is taking part through Spring Fling’s Neighbours Scheme, designed to involve artists and makers from bordering areas.

A printmaker, Gail uses linocut designs, printed on Irish linen, to show scenes from rural life and she takes great pleasure in mixing and matching elements she has seen during her travels.

She said: “I have always made images of the countryside. I travel a lot around Ireland and the UK and collect ideas along the way. It may be a cottage on Skye or a gate in Cornwall.“

Gail is often in Scotland – which is how she came to know about Spring Fling and attended as a buyer.

She said: “I really enjoyed it, the sheer range of people and places. I love visiting other people’s studios as well and seeing how they work, and they are all so different. One would be in the middle of a town and the next was way up a narrow, winding track in the hills.”

Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: “The Neighbours Scheme is a great way for us to get really talented artists and makers from surrounding areas involved with Spring Fling.

“As soon as Gail’s submission came in it was obvious that her work is very special and we are convinced that it will be a real hit with visitors.

“We very much want to build closer links with the arts and craft community in Northern Ireland and hope there will be many more applications to participate in future years. After all, we are only a ferry ride away.”

Gail is one of two artists and makers who will be exhibiting at the Mill on the Fleet, a converted water mill in the picturesque small town of Gatehouse of Fleet. The town is close to Kirkcudbright, which has a long-established artistic tradition, and where there are a further nine participants.

Craft NI would like to wish Gail the best of luck for Spring Fling. If you're a maker and have similarly wonderful news to share, then let us know via info@craftni.org and we'll try our best to spread the word!!

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