Head of visual arts highlights programme of exhibitions
James Lowther, head of visual art at Berwick Visual Arts, gave a fascinating talk to the Berwick-upon-Tweed Civic Society entitled Sense of Place – Artists and their Responses to Berwick.
In an illustrated presentation, James displayed works of arts by artists in Berwick including; Mike Nelson, Louise Cattrell, Paul Housley, Virginia Bodman, Fiona Crisp, Shona Illingorth, Uta Kogelsberger, Zoe Walker, Marcus Coates, Tacita Dean, Juan Munoz, Dan Graham, Lucia Noguiera, Elisabeth Ballet and Siobhan Davies.
He quoted the mission statement of The Maltings (Berwick) Trust which is to ‘..guarantee that residents of all ages and visitors to this beautiful and remote corner of England have easy access to creative events and experiences which inspire, challenge and entertain - and which connect them directly with contemporary culture and debate’.
He gave an overview of the spaces where art in Berwick is exhibited which includes, predominantly, the Gymnasium Gallery and the Granary Gallary.
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He also spoke of the highly successful artist in residence programme where individuals, often from abroad, spend a year in Berwick and capture their ‘sense of place’.
He discussed the exciting programme of upcoming events and exhibitions which include the Turner Northern Exposure at the Granary Gallery which will run between May 25 and October 13, open Tues-Sun, 11am-4pm. There will also be an event on Saturday at 10.30am in The Maltings, In Turner’s Footsteps, to celebrate the launch.
He talked of the excellent work Berwick Visual Arts is doing with schools to engage young people. There is also a programme of exhibitions, tours, art workshops and lectures in partnership with Berwick Educational Association.