New collection of art on display at Duns Castle

AFTER hosting a successful debut exhibition last year, Duns Castle will once again be displaying work from around the Borders and Northumberland in a new collection of art, which opens to the public next Friday, April 9.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 2:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 2:18 pm

The second in an annual series of exhibitions, organised by contemporary art gallery Art Amatoria, will feature eight artists, and more than 70 pieces of art.

Lizzie McCorquodale paints wonderfully dramatic seascapes from her home near Berwick, focusing on the wildness and ever-changing nature of the sea.

Camilla Watson, whose family are originally from Duns, is interested in the connection between past and present and takes her inspiration from historical maps and documents of the area.

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Dorothy Lawrenson is a young artist, poet and founder of the Perjink Press. She lives in Northumberland and is concerned with capturing fleeting moments glimpsed in passing as she travels around the countryside, finding beauty in pylons and wind turbines.

Lucy Parsons primarily paints the landscapes of East Lothian which she finds particularly inspiring. Another source of fascination is the hare which regularly appears in her work; Lucy will be showing a series of bronze hares alongside her oils.

Claudia Massie grew up in Selkirk and has gone on to achieve great success with her depiction of rural landscapes. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Jolomo Award for Scottish Landscape Painting.

Frances Bell divides her time between Edinburgh and a house near Coldstream from where she paints classical landscapes and portraits.

She has been awarded the De Lazlo Foundation Award for Portraiture and exhibits each year at the exhibition for The Royal Society for Portrait Painters.

Mooie Scott lives near Selkirk and creates highly individualistic paintings and collages, drawing from nature and often including seeds, leaves and other discarded materials in her work. Her unusual paintings are greatly sought-after and have won her many admirers.

Chris Hall is a sculptor who lives and works near Jedburgh. He works in stone, metal and wood and his sculptures range from intimate bronze animals to towering, elongated wooden figures to carved, stone heads.

Chris's sculptures will be displayed inside the castle and around the grounds so visitors can go on a 'Sculpture Walk' once they have seen the main exhibition.

With so many artists to choose from, the woman behind the exhibition Caroline Hay, said she was really excited to be taking the exhibition into its second year and was keen to give some space to a fresh crop of local talent.

She commented: "Last year's exhibition was a big success and people responded really well to it. There was a good turnout, particularly from those in the local community and I think Duns Castle lends itself tremendously well to this kind of event.

"We showcased some hugely talented artists last year and after I'd announced that we'd be staging the exhibition again this year people kept giving me names of people who wanted to exhibit.

"I decided to have a completely new line-up for this year as there are some many fantastic artists in the area, and within this year's bunch there is something for everyone."

If you want to go along to the exhibition there is open house from Friday, April 9- Sunday, April 11 and Friday, April 16-Sunday, April 18 from 10am-4pm. Midweek viewing is by appointment, ring 07768960578 or email: [email protected]