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The Glasgow Boys and the Cockburnspath Connection

September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - September 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

£4.00 - £6.00
Cockburnspath was the chosen point for the loose group of young artists known as the Glasgow Boys to practice “en plein air” painting.

Image: James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA RSW (1860-1932) Autumn Reverie, courtesy of The Fine Art Society.

Art historians have classified the work of the so-called “ Glasgow Boys” in three stages: Social Realism; Art Nouveau-Decorative-Symbolist and finally, the “individual approach” meaning how each of them took different paths to express themselves in their maturity as well-known artists. Prof Maria Chester has already delivered four lectures about the Glasgow Boys and the Glasgow Girls for BEA, but now she is going deeper into analyzing the work of those who gathered at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders. It is known that the Glasgow Boys ( and Girls) practiced “en plein air” painting which is not easy in Scottish weather (famous for strong winds…) The lives and works of James Guthrie (the informal leader), Edward Arthur Walton, Joseph Crawhall, Alexander Ignatious Roche and those who visited them occasionally, such as Arthur Melville, will be analyzed in depth by Prof. Chester, who happens to live a few miles away from the coastal village of Cockburnspath.

There are two lectures covering this subject, on the 15th and 17th September , and you can buy a ticket for both for £6 or to one only for £4.

BEA in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts has prepared a series of lectures, tours and art workshops planned to support ‘The Glasgow Boys and Girls’ exhibition at the Granary Gallery, Berwick, which we now hope will open in September 2020.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmatory email from Eventbrite, including a link to the Zoom invitation. If you can’t find the invitation, please email berwickea@gmail.com.

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September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
September 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
£4.00 - £6.00
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