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 will be ‘Anne Redpath and her Circle’, running 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.  We have organised number of other events to compliment this exhibition:

Art historian and BEA tutor Prof Maria Chester will be leading 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 dates are: May 27th, June 24th, July 29th, Aug 26th, Sept 30th, Oct 28th. Tours cost £4 and are limited to 12 people. Please book here Anne Redpath and Her Circle – Guided Tours – The Maltings (

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

On Thursday 7 September, 10-12, Henry Travers Theatre, Berwick, art historian and BEA tutor, Prof Maria Chester, will give a lecture examining Anne’s life and work “Anne Redpath – Edinburgh’s New Town Salonnière”:  Anne spent half of her life in France where she became a mother and matured her style by observing her surroundings and keeping close contact with her fellow Scottish and French artists. She and her husband returned to Britain after the Great Depression, where they parted company. Life in Hawick was difficult for her and her three sons. Once in Edinburgh, she became a well-known and well-established local artist. She enjoyed life and going out for dinner wearing fabulous hats! Anne was deeply interested in politics and world affairs. She was a fantastic host in her Edinburgh New Town flat, almost like the famous French salonnières: her place became a meeting point for artists and bohemians. Tickets cost £6 and can be booked here Anne Redpath – Edinburgh’s New Town Salonnière – The Maltings (

You can find out more about Maria’s work here ABOUT MARIA CHESTER – ART & CIVILISATIONS (

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