Art and Culture

Image: James Nairn, View of Corrie on Arran, courtesy of the Fleming Collection.

BEA has developed a varied programme of practical art classes and workshops with local artists and Berwick Visual Arts over recent years. Our art history programme has ranged from the study of prehistoric art and ancient civilisations to western art of the 20th Century.

The current exhibition at the Granary Gallery, ‘Anne Redpath and her Circle’, runs from 20 May-5 November. Anne (1895-1965), was one of Scotland’s finest mid-20th century artists, probably best known for her Still Lifes where familiar household objects – a chair, a cup – are made into a “two-dimensional” design.  Full details here.

To compliment the exhibition, art historian and BEA tutor Prof Maria Chester will lead  monthly guided tours on the last Saturday of every month from May to October from 1-2pm, lasting approximately 50 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions. The remaining dates are: Sept 30th, Oct 28th. Tours cost £4 and are limited to 12 people. Please book here.

At the end of October Maria will lead a study day analysing the work of Picasso in relation to his various Muses, ‘Picasso and his Muses: Wives, Goddesses and Doormats’. This event will take place on Tues 31 Oct, William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed, 10.30-2.00pm. Tickets are £9. Full details and to book here 

You can find out more about Maria’s work here

On Monday 4 December we welcome back Madeleine Ravetta for another of her entertaining talks, ‘The Art and History of Japanese Postage Stamps’, an unusual subject which promises to appeal to everyone, even to those who have no interest in stamps! Madeleine is giving this talk in aid of Berwick Cancer Cars, for which she is a volunteer driver. Since 1871, the Japanese post office has produced some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating stamps. In this illustrated talk Madeleine will take you on a tour through some of the miniature treasures and surprising stories that can be found in the postage stamps of Japan.

Madeleine’s talk, 10.15-11.15, will take place at the William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed, and as our last in-person event before Christmas, will be followed by a social half hour. Hot drinks and festive themed refreshments will be served! For full details and to book please follow this link to Eventbrite.


No previous knowledge is assumed for any of our courses and all are welcome