Mixture of artists at exhibition

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Opening it’s doors for the fourth year running, Foldyard’s open studio have an exciting mixture of artists on show.

Morag Eaton and Dave Watson have provided an amazing line up for people to view at their studio on 32 Bridge Street.

Returning to Berwick will be some of the work of Russian painter and sculptor Kiril Sokolov. Sokolov moved to Berwick with his wife Avril Pyman in the 1970’s where they lived on Ravensdowne. Unfortunately he died around ten years ago but his wife has loaned 11 of his unique sculptures to the studio.

Dave explained that Sokolov used debris from Goswick sands to create his artwork. He added, “Basically he used a lot of rubbish but it really doesn’t look like it. We have a figure he made out of bits of bone, a coke can and bits of sticks and stones and it’s the inventiveness that makes the pieces so unique.”

Some of the latest work of Morag and Dave will be on display as well.

Morag is a printmaker who likes to use strong lines and bold colours in her work that tends to be extremely graphic in appearance whereas Dave prefers oil on canvas.

Also on display in the studio is the work of Peter Hallam, Niall Campbell, Gill Walton and Michael Dawson who purely by coincidence are all based in Scotland rather than England.

Although unplanned, Dave said that this may be a poignant theme to play on as it coincides with the dates of Border Crossing-The 10th Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the referendum.

He said that they hadn’t thought about the significance of this yet, but it might potentially be tied into the layout of the work.

He added, “There is a big difference in the society surrounding art in England compared to Scotland, the main difference being grants and funding. Ultimately I paint pieces that people would buy and enjoy hanging in their house.

“Although my work is my heart and soul on a canvas, I need to sell pieces to pay my bills whereas in my experience Scottish artists tend to be more eligible to receive grants which is reflected in their art.

The studio will be open 19-21 September, 10am-5pm, 32 Bridge Street.