News and Programme for August 2022


Dear All

We have finalised our Autumn lecture programme and all events are now available to book on our Eventbrite page. We’re also excited to announce the launch of the 2022 Berwick Music Series.

BEA as an organisation is always in need of help, from making tea and distributing publicity to planning the programme. In particular we need help with making our presence felt on social media. Please contact any volunteer or trustee if you would like to get involved – we would love to see you! Our long term future depends on people like you.

Local artist Gill Walton, our long standing art tutor, is moving to Edinburgh and we send her our thanks and all good wishes for the future. Gill has given hundreds of our students the very best tuition over the years, and she will be greatly missed. We were fortunate to work with local artist Gail Wareham for a number of excellent workshops recently, but she too is relocating, and we send our thanks and very best wishes to her also.


On Monday 19th September, Dr Tony Barrow presents eight weekly lectures on a social history of seafaring through the ages in ‘Bred to the Sea’. This will be at the WEB at 10am. Tickets for the full series £48 bookable here.

On Tuesday 18th October, Prof Maria Chester begins a series of ten online lectures on ‘British Art between the Wars’, an introduction to cultural life in Britain between the Wars: cinema, literature, fine arts, architecture, music and society. The lectures are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm, tickets £30 for the series bookable here.

‘Introduction to Autumn Astronomy’, a online course of five lectures by Dr Adrian Jannetta begins on Saturday 29th October at 11am. Tickets £15 for the full series bookable here.

Beginning 21st November, Dr June Neilson presents a series of three talks on ‘The Silk Road: Myth or Reality?’ exploring the geography and history of the Silk Road. The sessions will be held at the WEB at 10am, tickets £18 for the full series bookable here.

On 22nd November, artist Rachel Sutherland is leading an ‘Introduction to Botanical Art’ at the YHA, Berwick. The workshop begins with a tour of works by the 19th Century botanist Margaret Rebecca Dickinson upstairs in the Granary Gallery, then Rachel will give a demonstration on drawing your chosen plant specimen, with individual tuition in the afternoon. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced students seeking to widen their skills. There are 10 places available, 10am-3pm, tickets £30 bookable here.

Rachel returns to the YHA on the 6th December to lead a workshop ‘Introduction to Botanical Art: Create Your Own Watercolour’, where you can complete your own botanical painting using traditional techniques in watercolour. The session is suitable for both beginner and experienced artists and runs from 10am-3pm with 10 places available. Tickets £30 bookable here.

Download/print the full Autumn 2022 programmeFor full details please go to Eventbrite, or to our website

The 2022 Berwick Music Series gets under way in September with a fantastic programme of concerts, talks, community and educational events. You will find all the details on or you can download the full programme here. You can book tickets here.

James Lowther, Head of Berwick Visual Arts, confirms that a lecture connected to the current Truth and Beauty Exhibition at the Granary Gallery by Jovan Nicholson will be held at 1pm on 16th September at the Maltings. The subject is the relationship between Ben and Winifred Nicholson and the art collector Helen Sutherland, details here:  Truth and Beauty lecture


  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed Food and Fringe Festival 2nd – 5th Sept – volunteers are needed if you are able to help
  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed Heritage Open days 9th – 18th Sept
  • Berwick Music Festival 23rd Sept – 24th Oct – please use this website rather than BEA website to book your tickets
  • Berwick Literary Festival 13th – 16th Oct – some events are free, and some are on zoom.

Best Wishes
Andrea Butler