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 next exhibition at the Granary Gallery, Lowry and the Sea, 25 May – 13 October 2024, explores the artist’s connection to Berwick and his lifelong fascination with the sea. Opening times are Tuesday – Sundays 11am – 4pm. Day Tickets (reusable, concessions available) allow entry between 11am – 3.30pm. On the following Sundays, access to the exhibition will be free of charge for everyone, but you must book a ticket 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September and 6 October 2024. Full ticketing details here

To celebrate our tenth anniversary and launch the Lowry and the Sea exhibition, we have commissioned renowned art historian Jonathan Horwich to give a lecture exploring Lowry’s lifelong fascination with the sea. Jonathan is recognised as an expert in 19th and 20th Century, Modern and Contemporary British and International Art and particularly for his knowledge of the work of L.S. Lowry. We hope you can join us at the Maltings for this on Sunday 26th May, 2.30-4.00. You can learn more and book tickets here.

BEA’s art historian, Professor Maria Chester,  will be giving guided tours of the exhibition on Saturdays 1-2pm every fortnight beginning 8th June – 12th October. Full details and bookings here.

Local artist, Rachel Sutherland, will lead two Lowry inspired art workshops in June: Lowry and the Sea 4th June 10-3 pm and Lowry in Berwick 11th June 10-3pm.

Prof Maria Chester will lecture on the life and work of Lowry on Friday 6th September. The lecture, Laurence Stephen Lowry: Just a Man in the Crowd,will take place at the Henry Travers Studio, Maltings, 10 -12noon.

Lecture description: Renowned artist LS Lowry is associated with Salford and the North-West of England, and best known for his paintings of industrial landscapes. In later life he travelled widely in the UK, and he stayed regularly in Berwick upon Tweed on his visits to the North-East. He also painted the sea from an early age. In this lecture we will examine Lowry’s style, palette  and extensive body of work. Always working within a limited colour range, from the 1960’s he chose to paint his figures on a white background, as he saw the industrial landscape around him disappearing. Even when he was well-known as an artist and was selling well, he kept his spartan style of life: no telephone, no car, no expenditure on clothes. He never married and he never travelled abroad but his work was very well known across the Atlantic and on the continent thanks to Lord Duveen, a celebrated New York based art dealer. Tickets £6 here


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