South Scotland

Equine artwork helps launch Spring Fling

Horse artwork Image copyright Colin Hattersley
Image caption The horse jacket is among the Rural Murals on display as part of this year's Spring Fling festival

A horse has become a "living artwork" to help launch the annual Spring Fling festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Scotland's "premier open studios visual art and craft event" takes place from Saturday until Monday.

A total of 95 studios throughout the region are taking part in the biggest-ever edition.

Fred the horse will be sporting a jacket featuring a design by local artist Hope London at Middleshaw near Dalton throughout the weekend.

Leah Black, Spring Fling director, said: "Fred and the rest of the Rural Murals are among the big attractions at this year's Spring Fling - people can drive round the region and see colourful artworks in unexpected places.

"They can even watch as a tractor is turned into a mural.

"This year's Spring Fling is the biggest ever, and we are really looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK for a great Bank Holiday weekend of visual art, craft and fun."

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