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Berwick Visual Arts: Northeast craft makers inspired by Berwick's Burrell Collection

Mon 24 Sep


Four regional craft artists create contemporary work based on current Berwick-upon-Tweed exhibition

The newly opened Berwick’s Burrell Collection exhibition at The Granary Gallery is proving to be a great success with local people and visitors to Berwick-upon-Tweed, many who are enjoying the collection of works, donated to the people to Berwick by Sir William Burrell, for the first time.

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce the commission of four contemporary craft makers who will produce new work in response to Berwick’s Burrell Collection at The Granary Gallery.

The four craft makers from the Northeast of England have spent time researching the collection to find individual works which have inspired them to create a new piece of work. Each artist will now produce a series of limited edition multiples which will available for purchase from the Granary Gallery.

The four craft makers who are been commissioned are:

  • Morag Eaton - a printmaker based in Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Bridget Jones – a glass, print and ceramicist from Northumberland
  • Mandy Pattullo – a textile artist from Northumberland
  • Bronwen Deane - a jewellery designer based in Newcastle

Mandy Pattullo has been inspired by the blue and white Chinese porcelain from the collection which is currently on show at The Granary Gallery.

‘I plan to work with a range of materials – collage, stitch, paint and print to translate the decorative images on the jars into stitched drawings. As an artist it’s a fascinating collection of works to draw inspiration from’ said Mandy.

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art, stated, ‘Berwick Visual Arts is really pleased to provide this opportunity to explore how some of our most exciting regional craft makers can respond to this important collection of works. It gives us the opportunity to explore the collection in a contemporary context and for the people of Berwick to start their own collection by purchasing one of the multiples.’

Berwick’s Burrell Collection runs until December 16th at the Granary Gallery and is open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, admission is free. Work from the four commissioned craft makers will be displayed in the Granary Gallery and available for sale from the early November.

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