Gallery exhibition wins major award
Berwick Visual Arts (BVA) exhibition Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Wyfold Collection won best event in Northumberland at the Journal Culture Awards at Hexham Abbey.
The exhibition was held in the Granary Gallery last summer, and attracted more than 10,000 visitors.
James Lowther, head of BVA, said: “We are absolutely delighted this stunning exhibition has been so widely recognised with this award.”
“Our thanks our due to James Knox, Director of the Fleming Wyfold Collection for working with us so enthusiastically to bring these beautiful paintings to Berwick, and to launch their first ever tour with us. The popularity of the exhibition is testament to our very committed audience, who travelled from across the region and from north of the border, and also to the quality of our programme and facilities in this remote part of Northumberland.”
The works were on loan from the prestigious Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, which owns one of the world’s finest private collections of Scottish art. The Granary Gallery was the first ever host gallery for the first ever touring exhibition curated by the Fleming-Wyfold Collection as part of its new ‘museum without walls’ strategy. It was also the first ever dedicated exhibition of Scottish Colourists in the North of England.
The exhibition included 26 works by the four key Scottish Colourist artists - FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe. Together, they represent some of the greatest achievements in Scottish art and are amongst the most admired of early twentieth century British painters.
They were among the first painters in Britain to see themselves as modern in a European context, and spent time in France early in their careers. Their direct contact with French Post-Impressionism, the work of Henri Matisse and other Fauve artists, inspired them to create some of the most innovative British art of the period.