Enjoy a warm welcome at Music at Paxton 2019… ten days of the best classical chamber music in the Scottish Borders.
With performances from noon until dusk around the Paxton Estate and beyond, there is something for everyone… late night jazz, folk music in the marquee, free choral music on the lawn, a family concert, plus Q&A sessions, Friday evening pre-concert suppers, café and picnic facilities.
For full programme and to book go to: https://www.musicatpaxton.co.uk/
Ayton Castle July Opening – 19th & 20th July
We are very pleased to announce that the transformation of the Formal Garden is complete and that it can be viewed on the guided tours that will run as follows: –
Friday 19th July 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 20th July 10am – 3.30pm
The tearoom will be open from 1pm on the 19th and from 10am on the 20th. Please come and eat cake!
The riverside walk will also be open and for the children we are pleased to announce the added attraction of a geocache on the walk as well as a number of feathered friends to be spotted. Please come back to the tearoom to collect a prize – if you have found them all!
On 20th July we would like to encourage people to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Castle. Bring a blanket (and a brolly too!).
Also, are there any budding artists out there? Young and old, bring your pastels, crayons, pens and pencils and create a picture of the Castle. Judging will be held at the end of the day with a prize for the winner!
A Day in Archaeology
Monday 22 July
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Meet the archaeologist and discover some wonderful objects from Berwick Museum and Art Gallery’s archaeology collection.
To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology’s ‘A Day in Archaeology’ we will be bringing some fascinating objects out of our archaeology stores – from Neolithic cup and ring marked stones to Victorian clay pipes. You can chat to an archaeologist about the objects and discover what they were used for and who might have used them.
Younger visitors can even take part in our mini dig!
This drop in event is included at no additional cost as part of your Museums Northumberland Annual Membership or with admission to Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks.
This is an oil paint and beeswax abstract painting workshop. We start with a 30 minute tour of the Turner exhibition led by Prof Maria Chester, followed by refreshments, then Gill Walton will lead a two-hour workshop.There will be a 30 minute break for lunch and you can bring your own lunch or eat in the Granary cafe. There will be a further practical session with Gill from 1 -3.00pm.
During his lifetime Turner was berated for the abstract qualities of his paintings, yet these are the very qualities we now admire. Looking closely at Turner’s later paintings, his technique and materials and his compositions and textures, you will be shown how to construct your own abstract paintings with oil paint, beeswax and raw pigments. Gill is based in the Scottish Borders and if you would like to know more about Gill’s background and work please go to her website at http://gillwalton.co.uk
We will begin by looking at some of the texture and mark making in Turner’s later works and in a series of trial pieces we will experiment with layering paint, wax and pigment just like the great master himself. These small pieces may become finished pieces in their own right but are intended to inform the final piece. You may wish to work from sketches produced on workshops 1 or 2, or sketches made on the day.
After lunch, using the techniques learned, we will work on a larger canvas or board.
Colours favoured by Turner were: Indigo, Prussian blue, Cobalt, Indian yellow, Chrome yellow, Indian red, Chrome red, and Rose madder.
These workshops are part of a programme of art workshops, tours and lectures based around the exhibition ‘Turner: Northern Exposure’ which runs at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed from 25th May to 13th October 2019 (Tues – Sun 11 -4. Closed Mon). Entry to the exhibition is free.
Each workshop will be led by a local artist and tutor who will help you explore different techniques, approaches, media and subjects in your personal response to Turner’s visionary art. Beginners to more experienced students are equally welcome.
Numbers for each workshop are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.
Materials: please bring;oil paints and brushes, a palette knife if you have one, odourless solvent such as sansodor or zest it (unless you are using water based oils), rags, oil bars or oil pastels if you have them, beeswax dissolved in solvent or Annie Sloane wax polish (if this is difficult to find you can purchase a small amount from Gill). You will also need a primed board or sturdy canvas and a selection of 10cm x 10cm boards or canvas paper for trials. Gill will bring a selection of other materials for you to experiment with.
Easels are provided.