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Fri 25 May

Berwick Visual Arts is delighted to announce that its Summer 2017 exhibition SCOTTISH COLOURISTS FROM THE FLEMING WYFOLD COLLECTION at the Granary Gallery in Berwick was awarded the prize for BEST EVENT IN NORTHUMBERLAND at the prestigious Journal Culture Awards ceremony in a packed Hexham Abbey on the evening of 24 May.

The Scottish Colourists exhibition was on display in Berwick’s Granary Gallery between May and October 2017, and attracted over 10,000 visitors.

The works were on loan from the prestigious Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, which owns one of the world’s finest private collections of Scottish art. The Granary Gallery was the first ever host gallery for the first ever touring exhibition curated by the Fleming-Wyfold Collection as part of its new ‘museum without walls’ strategy. It was also the first ever dedicated exhibition of Scottish Colourists in the North of England.

The exhibition included 26 works by the four key Scottish Colourist artists - FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe. Together, they represent some of the greatest achievements in Scottish art and are amongst the most admired of early twentieth century British painters.

They were among the first painters in Britain to see themselves as modern in a European context, and spent time in France early in their careers. Their direct contact with French Post-Impressionism, the work of Henri Matisse and other Fauve artists, inspired them to create some of the most innovative British art of the period.
James Lowther, Head of Visual Arts for BVA said – “We are absolutely delighted that this stunning exhibition has been so widely recognised with this award. Our thanks our due to James Knox, Director of the Fleming Wyfold Collection for working with us so enthusiastically to bring these beautiful paintings to Berwick, and to launch their first ever tour with us. The popularity of the exhibition is testament to our very committed audience, who travelled from across the region and from North of the Border, and also to the quality of our programme and facilities in this remote part of Northumberland.”

Berwick Visual Arts is managed by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust which also manages The Maltings venue. BVA was launched in 2012 to deliver high quality exhibitions, artists residencies and an accompanying education programme across two galleries in Berwick. 
The Granary Gallery in Dewar’s Lane shows work from the best regional, national and international art collections. The Gymnasium Gallery at Berwick Barracks shows new commissions and  high quality contemporary and conceptual work from regional, national and international artists.

BVA’s artist residency programme offers the opportunity for mid career artists per year to live and work in Berwick to develop their practice and respond to the town itself.

Since 2012, over 70,000 people have visited BVA exhibitions and events or taken part in a workshop or activity with an artist.

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