Allanbank Arts students’ brush with success

Students working at Allanbak Arts open day
Students working at Allanbak Arts open day
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allanbank Arts has attracted a wide range of students to the first session of art classes that began in September and the fruits of their labours will be on display during a Christmas open day at the Allanbank studios.

Members of the public can go along and ‘have a go’ at a still life, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, have lunch and chat to Oliver and Gill about their work at the Allanton based studio.

Painting by Judith Dixon at Allanbank Arts Centre

Painting by Judith Dixon at Allanbank Arts Centre

“We are hoping our current students will have the confidence to allow us to showcase the work they have produced through a range of courses, giving others an opportunity to see what type of work may be produced within a particular course,” said Oliver.

“It will be great to see students’ work mounted and presented. Our students are modest but they should be proud of what they have achieved in such a relativly short space of time”.

In addition, Oliver and Gill will be selling of some of their own art works with 50% of the sales being donated to the World Land Trust as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

For one week only, from December 5-9, online donations to all charities via will be matched by the Big Give’s partners and the charities’ major donors and supporters.

The success of their first art classes has prompted Gill and Oliver to branch out and from the beginning of the year they will be offering courses at the Vennel Studios, Kelso.

Gill said: “This is a great opportunity to bring our range of art courses closer to those living within the central Borders and, in addition, in 2012, we will be offering a 10% discount to any employee of the Scottish Borders Council, making our courses even more accessible.”

You can visit their website or email them if you would like to know more:, alternatively telephone 07702 811374.