Duns Castle to host art show

SBBN Duns CAstle Art Show Helen Kemp ceramics
SBBN Duns CAstle Art Show Helen Kemp ceramics

Duns Castle’s annual art show returns this week for the seventh year, to showcase the best work of local artists.

The well established exhibition runs from April 17 -26. The castle, a private home that is not usually open to the public makes a wonderful setting in which to display art.

There will be over 100 works by nine artists on display ranging from oils and watercolours to prints, ceramics, bronzes and cards.

The show this year includes eight painters and one ceramicist.

New faces include wildlife artists Chris Rose and Flora Blackett from St Boswells and Dumfriesshire respectively, still life artist Janet Cleghorn from Galashiels, landscape painter Patricia Sadler from Reston and ceramicist Helen Kemp from Kelso.

Helen’s unique ceramics, featuring items of homeware transformed by her trademark figures, have made her a well-known and popular Borders artist. Inspired by Victorian Staffordshire ceramics as well as Mexican and North American folk art, her figures have a whimsical and dreamlike quality in their facial expressions and body language and there is quite simply nothing else like them in the world of contemporary ceramics. All her work is hand-modelled in earthenware clay with underglaze decoration.

Among the returning artists are Lida Hatrick, Delphine de Castellane, Lucy Parsons and Lizzie McCorquodale, who has recently moved back to Kelso from Wooler.

Lida, who lives just outside Duns, is one of Berwickshire’s most well-known and popular artists and she has been working on a new series of paintings in a looser style than her previous work, a “natural development” as she puts it.

Lizzie McCorquodale is well-known for her atmospheric and dramatic seascapes and these will be on show alongside some new still lifes and landscape paintings.

She is joined by Chris Rose, an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist who has exhibited all over the world from Europe to Japan and New York.