Crafty local residents are being invited to get creative and take part in a visiting exhibition which celebrates Berwick’s fishing heritage.
Berwick Visual Arts has announced a series of workshops for budding artists to get involved with the national ‘Follow the Herring’ project, which will spend a week at the Gymnasium Gallery in May.
‘Follow the Herring’ explores and celebrates the maritime heritage of the east coast of the UK through visual art, craft and singing. The project will anchor in Berwick from May 13-18 as it travels down the coast.
During its stop in Berwick a life size knitted boat will take pride of place in the Gymnasium Gallery’.
Mixed media work is invited to be displayed alongside the boat to represent the fishing industry of Berwick and surrounding area, exploring Berwick’s coastline, sea and shell fishing, river fishing, Herring Girls, smoke and ice houses and more.
A series of workshops will take place at The Maltings and Berwick YHA over the next few months to help people create work for the project.
The workshop programme is as follows:
At the Cooke Suite, Maltings Theatre and Cinema:
Wednesday, February 26 (10am–1pm): Create some big knit sea, knot some net and craft some sand
Wednesday, March 5 (10am–1pm): Using printing techniques, textures and paper craft to create sea creatures. Creating herring bone patterns
Wednesday, March 19 (10am–1pm): Create sea creatures seaweed mobiles and rocks - Buttons for the boat
Wednesday, April 2 (10am–3pm): Appliqué and aprons inspired by the herring lassies
Wednesday, April 9 (10am–3pm): Create rocks and pebbles – Rag rug some fish and rocks – crochet pebbles
Wednesday, April 16 (10am–1pm): Drop in workshop to complete projects
Wednesday, April 23 (10am–1pm): Drop in workshop to complete projects
Berwick YHA, Dewars Lane:
Saturday, March 15 (2pm–5pm): Weaving and knitting sea hangings
Saturday, March 22 (2pm–5pm): Knit some beaded wire fish for driftwood art and create drift wood boats
Saturday, March 29 (2pm–5pm): Creating seascapes and fish, sewing, felting, embellishing
The workshops are free but must be booked in advance as places are limited. Materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring along their own materials which fit with theme of workshop and ethos of the project – Renew – Reuse – Recycle.
To book a place on the workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01289 333 075 clearly stating which sessions you would like to attend.