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FREE Berwick Burrell Collection exhibition at Granary Gallery 1 Sept - 16 Dec

Tue 11 Sep


Northumberland’s most important art collection set free to the people it was given to by The Woodhorn Trust and Berwick Visual Arts

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery have come together to display a selection of the Berwick Burrell Collection’s wonderful artefacts at The Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed in a new exhibition which opened on 1st September.

Berwick’s Burrell Collection features work from the most important art collection in public ownership in Northumberland.

With a fortune made in shipping, Sir William Burrell purchased art and objects from around the world. Most of the collection was donated to his home city of Glasgow, but around 50 paintings and 300 decorative items were given to Berwick – the closest town to his baronial residence at nearby Hutton Castle - and are usually housed in Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.

However this new partnership will enable different works from the collection to be viewed in The Granary Gallery in a series of free-to-view annual exhibitions over the next three years.

Berwick’s Burrell Collection features work by masters such as Degas, Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman and Venetian glass, Japanese Imari pottery and Ming porcelain, which will be displayed over the next three years as well as other work collected by and for the people of Berwick.

The first exhibition explores prominent themes in the collection including works from The Hague School - a small community of artists, based in the old fishing village of Scheveningen, near The Hague who enjoyed much success in Sir William’s day, works from 19th Century Glasgow painters and works inspired by Berwick-upon-Tweed.

‘This exhibition creates the opportunity to view some of the works from this wonderful collection which belongs to the people of Berwick-upon-Tweed for free. Over the forthcoming years we hope that this new partnership between Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery will create more opportunities to raise the profile of Berwick’s Burrell Collection and explore the works in creative and inspiring ways’ said James Lowther, Head of Visual Arts for Berwick Visual Arts

The free exhibition opened at The Granary Gallery on 1st September and runs until Sunday 16th December. The Granary Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

The exhibition is supported by Berwick-upon-Tweed Museum and Art Gallery, Woodhorn Trust, The Maltings Theatre and Cinema, Berwick Visual Arts and The McCreath, Simpson and Prentice Trust. Berwick Visual Arts is supported by Arts Council England.

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