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.

Our regular art history lecturer, Professor Maria Chester, returns in January 2024 with a five part course Art in the 20th Century. This wide ranging survey of western art in the 20th century will introduce and explain developments in modern and contemporary art; Fauvism-Cubism, Futurism-Dada, Surrealism-Bauhaus, New York School-Pop Art-Op Art-Fluxus-Minimalism, Postmodernism-Conceptual Art-Installations. Fridays 19, 26 Jan, 2, 9, 16 Feb, 10.00am-12noon, William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1JT. Full details here.

Then on the following Friday, Maria will give an anniversary lecture taking you behind the scenes of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber one hundred years ago. Friday 23 Feb, 10.00am-12noon, William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1JT. Full details here.

‘Vein’ by Northumberland based Matilda Bevan will be Berwick Visual Arts first exhibition of 2024. Matilda creates paintings, drawings, monoprints and collages, that respond to a place and its history. She takes inspiration from photographs of rural environments and the work of English landscape painters of the past. For Vein, Bevan responds to the work of artist and writer Thomas Hennell (1903-1945) who documented the British countryside and its traditions and whose work is also included in the exhibition. Vein is open at the Granary Gallery from 10 February-5 May 2024. Wednesday-Sunday 11am-4pm. Free admission.

We are running two Matilda Bevin inspired art workshops to complement this exhibition; Reflective Painting, 10.00am-3.00pm, on Tuesday 13 February (full details here) and Monoprints from Natural Materials, 10.00am-3.00pm, on Tuesday 27 February (full details here). Both workshops will be led by local artist Rachel Sutherland  and will take place in the Conference Rooms, YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AJ.


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