Turner in the spotlight at local exhibitions
Norham Arts Group (NAG) has hosted a couple of exciting exhibitions in the village relating to a great British painter.
They took place to coincide with the opening of Turner – Northern Exposure at the Granary Gallery in Berwick and to celebrate the connection between Norham and JMW Turner.
Turner’s Norham: A Contemporary View was an exhibition of specially commissioned contemporary artworks, inspired by Turner, by locally-based professional artists.
Some older paintings and prints of Norham, owned by local residents, were also on show.
The exhibition was opened by Professor David Hill, an acknowledged expert on JMW Turner, who co-curated the exhibition in the Granary.
Simultaneously, in Norham Church, there has been an Exhibition of Artworks by Young Children Painting in the Style of Turner from a number of schools – The Grove School, St Cuthbert’s RC First School, Holy Trinity CoE First School, Tweedmouth West First School, Lowick/Holy Island CoE First Schools, Norham St Ceowulf’s CoE First School and Longridge Towers.
The first interpretation board in the newly launched Turner Heritage Trail was unveiled by Professor Hill.
It is the starting point of a new heritage trail leading from the banks of the River Tweed to Norham Castle, via the village green.
In addition, there were Painting in the style of Turner workshops in a marquee by the Tweed, run by Berwick Educational Association, and a Northumberland Day community picnic in the castle itself.
“It was a very busy weekend, but it could not have gone better,” said Sue Churchill of NAG.
“Our newly decorated village hall, and new hanging system, was the perfect place for such a high quality exhibition.
“Everyone has been hugely positive and we hope to do something similar soon.
“And on the day of our opening, we heard that we have funding for the finalisation of the next two boards in our Turner Trail.”