Berwick Visual Arts


As part of its new Arts Council funding, in April 2012 The Maltings Theatre & Cinema announced the formation of Berwick Visual Arts, a new initiative that brings visual arts in Berwick-upon-Tweed under one banner, including existing arts venues, potential new venue partners, and the wider visual arts community. For more information click here, or to download a detailed press release (23 April 2012) click here.

Volunteers wanted to assist in the production of a short film in Berwick.

Our current artist in residence - Cecilia Stenbom is filming, The Case, a short film to be premiered at the Berwick Film & Media Arts festival in September.

To assist the production of this film we are looking for volunteers who are interested in getting the experience of working on a film set alongside a professional crew. The film will be shot in Berwick-upon-Tweed on May 11th and 12th,. You will need to be available on these dates and possibly on one or two occasions during preparation. Everyone involved with be credited in the work.

We are looking for people to fill these roles:

Wardrobe and makeup assistant
To assist the production designer during the shoot, getting costumes to and from the locations, ready for actors and extras. Assisting with basic make up, also assisting with props and scenery where appropriate.

To make food and bring it to the crew and cast on location. You will be getting a budget to cover the cost of food.

To aid the transportation of crew, equipment and cast between locations and the production base. It may be necessary to make a pick up / collection from Newcastle or Edinburgh. We will cover your expenses.

To assist the crew generally on the set.

For non-speaking parts. No previous experience of acting needed.

Anyone with an interest in being a part of this project please contact the production manager: Mat Fleming 

Volunteering Opportunities with Berwick Visual Arts:

If you’re interested in working with artists, curators and art exhibitions, interested in getting to know more about how arts organisations run or looking for a new way to spend your free time, then Berwick Visual Arts is looking for volunteers to help with the day to day running of our gallery spaces and events programme.

Role and responsibilities include invigilating gallery spaces, answering questions about artworks and working with artists to help install exhibitions and the time given can be as little as 3 hours per month.

If you’re over the age of 18, with an interest in arts and culture and supporting the work of Berwick Visual Arts, please download the application pack here (PDF format)  and complete the application form. You can also download the application pack as a Word document here

If you would like an informal discussion about volunteering with Berwick Visual Arts before submitting an application, please don’t hesitate to contact the Head of Visual Arts on 01289 330 999 or email


Berwick Visual Arts Residencies:

How To Choose by Cecilia Stenbom, 2012. Courtesy of the artist, Third and Workplace Gallery, UK

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce Cecilia Stenbom as its first artist in residence, in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to Berwick and produce new work that will be premiered during the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in late September 2013.

Cecilia is originally from Sweden and has been based in Iceland, Finland and Scotland before moving to England in 2005. Her work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life. She works across media including video/film, installation, drawing and painting.

Cecilia’s proposal for the residency takes its inspiration from British crime dramas and the Nordic Noir genre, will respond to the Festival’s 2013 theme, North by Northeast, which explores our region’s historical, cultural and trade links with our neighbours across the North Sea.

Applications for our second residency opportunity in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University have now closed and the successful applicant will be announced in early May 2013.

Forthcoming exhibitions and events:

The Ruth Borchard Collection of Self-Portraits
Saturday 23 March to Sunday 30 June
Every Wed-Sun (11am-5pm)
The Granary Gallery

Between 1958 and 1971, the writer Ruth Borchard (1910 – 2000) collected one hundred self-portraits by British and British-based artists.

With astonishing bravdo Ruth set herself a ceiling of 21 guineas for the picture, irrespective of the artist’s fame, and generally succeeded.

Among the young artists spotted by Ruth early in their careers were Mario Dubsky, Peter Phillips and Patrick Procktor, along with Anthony Eyton, Anthony Green and Ken Howard. As her collection and her confidence grew she approached artists at the height of their careers such as Michael Ayrton, Roger Hilton Keith Vaughn and Euan Uglow whose portraits can all be seen in this exhibition.

Apart from drawing attention to an extraordinary number of almost unknown paintings and drawings, this collection evokes the atmosphere of the London art world shortly after the Festival of Britain and, as such, represents a remarkable historical archive.

A University Gallery Touring exhibition.

Previous exhibitions at The Granary Gallery:

Berwick's Burrell Collection

1 Sep - 30 Dec 2012

Berwick Visual Arts and Woodhorn Trust (Northumberland's museums and archives agency) have come together so that these wonderful artefacts can be shared at the Granary Gallery* in Berwick-upon-Tweed free of charge. The Berwick Burrrell Collection is the most important art collection in public ownership in Northumberland and features works by Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman and Venetian glass, Japanese imari pottery and Ming porcelain. For full details about this free exhibition, including gallery opening days and time, please click here

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N
27 July - 26 August 2012

Berwick Visual Arts is thrilled to present an exhibition by artist Eduardo Paolozzi entitled "General Dynamic F.U.N." at the Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed, by arrangement with Hayward Touring. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy this exciting work. For full details about this past exhibition please click here

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The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194