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 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 work of 19th century artist and botanist Margaret Rebecca Dickinson is on display at the Granary Gallery, Berwick until 19th Feb 2023. Details here. Her work was the inspiration for the two botanical art workshops led recently for us by Rachel Sutherland, local artist and tutor.

Our Art History Tutor, Professor Maria Chester, returns at the end of February 2023 with her next online course ‘Gender, Marriage and Intimate Relationships in the Ancient World’. Maria will be looking at how marriage, prostitution and homosexuality were viewed differently across the ancient world, and considering what these differing attitudes reveal about ancient societies and how they viewed the world. The course, ten one hour sessions, will run twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 28 February through to 30 March 2023, 4-5pm. As before the lectures will be delivered on Zoom. For more information and to book please follow this link.

Coming in March 2023, a series of three lectures by Madeleine Ravetta, ‘The Art of the Foundling Hospital Collection’. 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.

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