Artist's work to feature at show
Award-winning Coldstream painter Susan Ryder is one of seven artists set to participate in a special Local Heroes exhibition as part of the Borders Art Fair next month.
A member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Susan is known for her Prince Charles-commissioned portrait of Princess Diana in her wedding dress, a commission of Her Majesty the Queen and for her exquisite interior scenes.
Some of her latest work will feature in the Borders Art Fair’s Local Heroes exhibition, which showcases some of the region’s top names in the world of contemporary art, all of whom have kindly donated the commission from work sold at the fair to a special bursary fund to assist artists exhibiting in the future.
The fair, which takes place at Springwood Park in Kelso from March 16 to 18, features more than 70 exhibiting artists and galleries.
It is a showcase of some of the finest contemporary art created in and around the region and aims to demonstrate that art is accessible for everyone.
The event will enable artists from in and around the Borders to exhibit and sell to a shared audience and is expected to attract a large number of visitors to the area.
Other leading names exhibiting as part of the Local Heroes exhibition include multi-award winning painter, Frances Bell from North Northumberland and Stow’s Andrew Mackenzie, a painter and current President of Visual Arts Scotland. Peeblesshire-based sculptor Angela Hunter, whose commissions include the Turnbull Monument in Hawick, will also be taking part, as will Selkirk-based artist Anna King, self-taught artist, Helen Tabor from Midlem and portrait artist and Sky Arts Finalist, Aine Divine from Midlothian.
Frances Fergusson, Borders Art Fair Director, said; “The Scottish Borders is awash with creative talent, including some of the finest contemporary artists in the land. The Borders Art Fair aims to celebrate that and to enthuse and encourage the next generation of artists in the region.
“As well as providing practical assistance for emerging artists through this new bursary fund, we hope that our Local Heroes exhibition will provide some unique inspiration for everyone who visits the event and would like to thank all of this year’s artists for participating.”
In addition to the Local Heroes exhibition, the Borders Art Fair will feature dozens of exhibiting artist and gallery stands, as well as live art demonstrations, creative talks, artist-led workshops, including one by Duns-based painter, Gill Walton of Allanbank Arts and drop-in sessions by artists such as Berwickshire-based printmaker, Morag Eaton.
Admission is free and visitors will also be able to hear about the processes involved in creating some of the artists’ work, ask questions and have a go at creating their own masterpiece.
They will also have the opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique pieces of work created by the region’s artists.
Other leading names from the region who have signed up to exhibit at the Borders Art Fair include Greenlaw-based sculptor, Frippy Jameson, Peebles textile artist, Moy Mackay and painters Chris Rose and Rob Hain. Several galleries will also attend, including The Scottish Gallery, which will show work by Earl Haig and Sir William Gillies.
By special arrangement, exclusive private tours of the outstanding works of art in Floors Castle will also be available to enjoy when the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is opened, out of season, as part of the Fair.
The Borders Art Fair is part funded by the Scottish Government and the European Scottish Borders LAG LEADER 2014-2020 programme, and also by the Fallago Environment Fund.
Event sponsors include Marchmont Farms, Bruce Stevenson Insurance, Vivid Design Consultancy, Steven Rae Accountancy, Born in the Borders and Airhouses Self Catering.