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.

An exhibition by Brazilian artist Lucia Nogueira is running at The Granary Gallery, Berwick 4 March-7 May 23. ‘Smoke and Drawings’ features over 20 drawings & a film made as part of an installation in Berwick in 1996. Free entry Weds–Sun, 11am-4pm. This will be followed by ‘Anne Redpath and her Circle’, 20 May-8 October. To launch the exhibition, Curator and Art Historian Alice Strang will give a talk on Friday 19 May, Henry Travers Studio, 2-4 (includes an interval). More information here.

‘The Art of the Foundling Hospital Collection’, a series of three lectures by Madeleine Ravetta, begins on 17 March. This public art collection, Britain’s oldest, originated from donations made by the foremost artists of the 18th Century, such as William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Louis-Francois Roubiliac. Madeleine will be exploring key themes in the collection, and their relevance to the work of the Hospital. The course will run on Fridays 17, 24 & 31 March, 10-12, William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed, and can be booked here.

To compliment the Anne Redpath exhibition, Rachel Sutherland SSBA will lead two standalone art workshops in June. The first ‘Landscape Painting in the Style of Anne Redpath’ will take place on the Tuesday 20th June, followed by ‘Still Life Painting in the Style of Anne Redpath’ on Tuesday 27th June. Both workshops will be held in the conference rooms on the mezzanine floor of the YHA building in Berwick. Rachel will begin with a short tour of the exhibition itself, then we will break for coffee which you can purchase at the YHA cafe on the ground floor, and Rachel will introduce the rest of the day. The morning session will end at 12.30 for lunch, and you can order food from the YHA cafe or bring a packed lunch. We resume at 1pm and the session ends at 3pm. Places are limited and so booking is essential. Landscape Workshop details and to book here, Still Life Workshop here.

To find out more about Rachel please visit her website

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