Work of three artists on show at Allanton

'Riorus' by Nigel Ross is being exhibited at Allanbank Mill's open studio
'Riorus' by Nigel Ross is being exhibited at Allanbank Mill's open studio
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A SPECIAL ‘Open Studio’ event is planned at Allanbank Mill Steading this summer and will be the 19th annual joint event organised by Pauline Burbridge and Charles Poulson.

“Each year we transform our working studios and garden into a wonderful exhibition, showing art work throughout the whole Steading,” said Pauline, whose textile exhibition ‘Retro: Interpretations in Cloth’, will be showing at the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham’s NEC from August 16-19 and at the Quilt Museum, York, from September 7 to December 1.

“We are privileged to be able to show work by Nigel Ross, our guest artist this year.”

A new series of Charles’s bold five feet square rhythmic linear drawings, reflecting abstracted natural forms are part of his growing body of work, some of which can be seen in the woods at Spotiswoode and a series of public growing sculpture using bulbs in Dumfries, Hawick and East Kilbride which can be seen every spring.

Guest artist Nigel Ross makes huge, graceful and powerful forms from enormous sections of tree.

“Working on them, I feel that I capture some of the energy of the tree” he said.

Nigel has made many corporate and private commissions throughout the UK and Europe.

The Open Studio event from August 3-6 (11am–6pm) provides a rare opportunity to see Pauline’s studios and her new 2012 collection of stitch drawings.

Please visit Pauline’s website to see more details of her work – (plus a local map of our location) For Charles’s work go to: and; and for Nigel’s wood workings go to