Exhibition extended due to popular demand

THE Burrell Collection exhibition at The Granary Gallery in Berwick is to run for a further two weeks until the end of December due to popular demand.

The exhibition was due to close on Sunday but with over 3000 people already visiting the exhibition since it opened in September, and visitors continuing to enjoy the artwork on display, it will now close on Sunday, December 30.

With a fortune made in shipping, Sir William Burrell purchased art and objects from around the world. Most of the collection was donated to his home city of Glasgow, but around 50 paintings and 300 decorative items were bequeathed to Berwick – the closest town to his baronial residence at nearby Hutton Castle - and are usually housed in Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition has been delivered in partnership between Berwick Visual Arts and The Woodhorn Trust which manages Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.

James Lowther, head of Berwick Visual Arts, said: “We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors to the exhibition and extending the length of time these pieces are on display will hopefully give people who have not yet had the opportunity to see them, to visit over the Christmas period and for those who already have, the chance to visit again.”

The exhibition is the first in a planned series of exhibitions taking place over the next three years exploring different themes and artworks in the collection.

Keith Merrin, director of The Woodhorn Trust said: “The exhibition has been a great success and it has been brilliant to see so many local people and visitors alike coming to see this fantastic art collection which belongs to the town of Berwick, but is not as well-known as perhaps it should be. We are certainly working hard to repeat the exhibition again and bringing other works from the collection to a wider audience.”

The exhibition is open Wed– Sun 11am-5pm except Boxing Day. Admission is free.