Granary Gallery illuminates 2012 with launch of premiere art exhibition

Max Hague at exhibition at the Granary Gallery
Max Hague at exhibition at the Granary Gallery

Northern Lights, a new group of local and regional artists, launched their premiere exhibition at the Granary Gallery in Berwick last Saturday (May 12).

“Illuminate 2012” was originally scheduled to take place in April at The Penny Lodging House but found itself in need of a new venue after the semi-derelict building on Eastern Lane closed suddenly to undergo essential building works. In its new visual arts leadership role, The Maltings invited Northern Lights to stage their exhibition at the Granary Gallery instead.

Around 50 or more people gathered at the show’s opening to see work created by Northern Lights’ co-founders Michael Dawson, Max Hague and James Page.

The three artists, who reside between Berwick and Edinburgh, are committed to painting as their preferred medium.

Each has his own distinctive style but they are united by a shared approach to the world which “rejoices in colour, passion and the sheer diversity of life”.

Welcoming the exhibition, CEO and artistic director of The Maltings, Matthew Rooke, said, “The Illuminate show positively sings with colour, energy and talent. It’s a perfect match for the Granary’s contemporary gallery space and I congratulate the three artists on a fantastic showcase of their work.”

He added, “Although Berwick Visual Arts won’t officially launch until July, Illuminate is a wonderful glimpse of what’s to come and demonstrates how versatile and beautiful the Granary Gallery space is. This show has turned out to be a real win for everyone involved – artists, gallery and community. On behalf of everyone associated with Berwick Visual Arts, we couldn’t be more pleased.”

As part of its newly-funded role as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, The Maltings (Berwick) Trust recently announced the formation of Berwick Visual Arts, a new initiative that brings visual arts in Berwick-upon-Tweed under one banner.

The initiative includes existing arts venues like the Granary Gallery and Berwick Gymnasium, as well as potential new venue partners and the wider visual arts community.

The Illuminate 2012 exhibition runs for eight weeks until June 30, Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am-4pm. Admission is free.

For more information visit Northern Lights’ dedicated Facebook page “Illuminate 2012 – Artists Exhibition” or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk.

The Granary Gallery is housed within the Youth Hostel building located on Dewars Lane near Bridge Street and the Quayside.

The hostel opened last year upon completion of the award-winning conversion of the 240 year-old Dewars Lane Granary.