Borders Art Fair makes a return

SBBN SBSR Art Fair Organiser, Denise Playfair, and BCC Secretary, Frances Fergusson with a selection of the donated artworks
SBBN SBSR Art Fair Organiser, Denise Playfair, and BCC Secretary, Frances Fergusson with a selection of the donated artworks

Arts and crafters from across the Borders are planning to come together in aid of a regional children’s charity for the third year in a row.

Next month will see the Scottish Borders Art Fair make its return to Springwood Park, in Kelso from March 18-20.

This year organisers of the fair have chosen to support The Borders Children’s Charity in recognition of the charity’s 50th anniversary year.

This free event, which is now firmly established in the art lover’s calendar, will be showcasing work from contemporary artists and galleries, both from the Borders and further afield.

The fair will be attempting to build on last year’s footfall when over 3,500 members of the public made their way through the doors for the 2015 event.

Last year’s event also saw more than 70 artists put their work on display.

Borders Art Fair’s marketing manager, Jane Smith, has said that she is delighted to announce the Art Fair’s continued support for the Borders Children’s Charity.

“We are so pleased to be able to support the Borders Children’s Charity again,” said Jane.

“Hopefully plenty of our visitors will stop by their stand to support the charity and find out more about what they achieve for local children.”

To celebrate The Borders Children’s Charity’s 50th anniversary year, more than 50 Scottish artists have come together and donated small artworks to be sold at the Art Fair, with a 
tremendously generous 100% of proceeds going to the charity.

Included in the collection are works by renowned Borders artists such as Susan Ryder (RP NEAC), Helen Tabor, David Hay and Derek Jones.

Meanwhile, from further afield, art has also been donated by Michael Clark (PAI RSW), Anna Wright and Helen Fay, among many others.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from artists willing to donate,” added Borders Children’s Charity secretary, Frances Fergusson.

She continued: “We are so grateful to all the artists who have so kindly produced original pieces especially for the BCC.

“It gives people a unique opportunity to pick up a fabulous and affordable artwork, from established and emerging artists, whilst also raising money for a local charity.”

These fundraising artworks will be available to preview from March 3-12, at Apples for Jam Gallery and Café in Melrose.

After that the pieces will be moving to the Borders Children’s Charity’s stand at the Art Fair.

The Borders Children’s Charity stand will also be repeating their ever popular ‘Pick a Paintbrush’ game.

The prizes from ‘Pick a Paintbrush’ will include a dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the Macdonald Cardrona near Peebles, a Half Day Spa at Stobo, Tea at the Roxburghe, and many other great prizes, generously donated.

“The kindness and support of local businesses and individuals has been key to the survival of the charity over the last 50 years” said charity secretary, Frances.

“Their help in raising funds and awareness of the Borders Children’s Charity, has helped the charity to provide support to so many vulnerable children in desperate situations across the Borders.”