Last month saw record breaking numbers of visitors flocking to Berwick to see the Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection exhibition at the Granary Gallery YHA Berwick, which opened at the end of May. The exhibition, which runs until 15th October 2017 includes 26 works by SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, George Leslie Hunter and FCB Cadell and is the first major touring exhibition curated by the renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation.
The exhibition explores the work of the Colourists in the context of precursors such as the Glasgow Boys, John Lavery and Arthur Melville. The Granary Gallery in Berwick was selected as the first host gallery for this major touring show by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation. The Foundation owns the finest collection of Scottish art outside institutions, and regularly loans individual works to national and international institutions. The next venue for the exhibition will be the Barber Institute of Fine Arts where it will be on display from 16 Feb to 13 May 2018.
James Knox, Director of the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation said: “The public’s response to the Colourist show has exceeded all expectations and vindicates our decision to stage our first ever touring exhibition at the Granary Gallery. Although well known in Scotland, the Colourists deserve greater exposure south of the Border to highlight their originality and their groundbreaking technique which marks them out as one of the most significant movements in twentieth century British art. As the critic of the Financial Times said:’…this show, so inflected with French influence…is most welcome.’ So don’t miss out on this revelatory exhibition before its closure on 15th October 2017.”
James Lowther, Head of Berwick Visual Arts said: “We are delighted with the response we have received from visitors to this exhibition. It has been a real coup for Berwick to have been the first venue to host the first ever touring exhibition curated by the world-renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation. We hope we will be able to collaborate with the Foundation again in the future, and be able to bring more of their collection to the attention of art lovers in the North East.”
Throughout the summer, visitors have also benefited from guided tours of the exhibition delivered by the Berwick Educational Association, whose programme of painting workshops and lectures and guided tours of the exhibition have proved exceptionally popular.
“An exceptional exhibition in an exceptional space. Just what Berwick needs to put it back on the map. The rave reviews of this collection are spot on, what a delight and well worth the journey. Thank you!”
‘Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection’ will run until 15 October 2017. (Tues-Sun 11am to 4pm, closed Mondays). Admission Free. The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, YHA Berwick, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ
Forthcoming Exhibitions: The next exhibition at the Gymnasium Gallery is Drawn from Life: People on Paper an Arts Council Touring Collection Exhibition opening on 28th October 2017. This exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection with loans from the British Council Collection and includes work by Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, Antony Gormley, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Also showing during the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (20-24 Sep) is Glasgow based artist Hardeep Pandhal’s new animated video, sculpture, knitwear and rap tour-de-force Konfessions of a Klabautermann and new work by Charlotte Prodger the Berwick Visual Arts and Film Festival’s artist in residence.