Berwick secures iconic Market Place painting

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An iconic painting featuring Berwick’s guildhall and market place is set to go on display in the town next week as part of an exciting new exhibition.

Berwick Visual Arts has revealed that it has secured the loan of L.S Lowry’s painting of Berwick Market Place for the forthcoming Lowry exhibition at The Granary Gallery.

The work, painted by the Salford artist during a holiday in 1935, was recently sold at auction by Sotheby’s. It shows Lowry’s depiction of the high street featuring the town hall, with the painter’s trademark ‘matchstick’ figures in the foreground.

‘A Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed’ will feature alongside other original artworks of the Berwick area by Lowry, which he produced during his many visits to the town.

The exhibition includes paintings of Spittal Sands, Dewars Lane and a Football Match on the ‘Stanks’. Further works in the exhibition will explore Lowry’s love of wider Northumberland including Blyth and Bamburgh, and his fascination with the sea.

Family maltsters Simpsons Malt’s sponsorship has enabled the artwork to travel to Berwick and be included in the exhibition, which is entitled ‘L.S Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland’.

James Lowther, head of visual art for Berwick Visual Arts, said: “We are delighted that this work will be included in the exhibition and it will undoubtedly be the star of the show!

“It would have been very difficult for us to bring this work to Berwick without the support of Simpsons Malt for a number of logistical reasons, and we are extremely grateful that this work can now be seen and enjoyed by visitors to the exhibition.”

Richard Simpson, vice chairman of Simpsons Malt, added: “We are thrilled to play our part in bringing this famous painting of Berwick Market Place to the Granary Gallery.

“Berwick-upon-Tweed is not only the home of good malt, but also a place that has inspired many, including L.S Lowry, who has captured the charm of our beautiful town.”

The exhibition also includes loans from The Lowry, Salford; The Lowry Estate and Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery to celebrate Lowry’s unique connection to Berwick and the wider North-East.

It brings together the works produced in Berwick back to the town itself for the first time.

L.S Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland opens at The Granary Gallery on Saturday, June 21 and runs until Sunday, September 21.

The YHA will be hosting free events to celebrate the opening of the exhibition this Saturday including live music, arts and crafts activities and a BBQ between 11am and 3pm.

The exhibition is open every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm and admission is free. Entry may be restricted during busy periods.

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