August 2014 - December 2014
In August Cameron Robertson had a highly entertaining exhibition in August with photographs and artefacts relating to the world famous Berwick Cockles.
The handcart arrived by hand and was duly assembled and we were honoured to have William Cowe at the Opening of the show.
A lot of elegant typography was included as well as a whole stack of the very collectabletins.
Cameron produced a beautiful book of his photographs printed in their impeccable way by Martins the Printers of Berwick.
The Lindisfarne exhibition to mark the presence of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham was everything I had hoped for. Exhibits ranged from a proggy mat replica of one of the Cross Carpet pages from the Gospels to four large images of the Four Evangelists entirely made from seeds, beans and lentils. They had a convincing appearance of ancient embroideries. Arthur Wood made a stunning banner which was hung on the front of the Watchtower and could be clearly seen from Berwick. He also lent to us his prize winning example of calligraphy which was much praised and exhibited in the British Library in London. Incorporated into this exhibition were the sculptures of the late Geoff Woodcock who had prepared this show for later in the year but sadly died very suddenly. With the agreement of his family we decided that this would make a loving memorial for him but he is much missed. It was a great privilege to have Treeo, which was exhibited in the Open Exhibition last year, back in the gallery. The piece de resistance was the massive tree trunk which Geoff had embellished with his carving and which exactly fitted into the path to the front door of the gallery.
The Mayor of Berwick, Isabel Hunter, graciously opened the exhibition and it was well attended throughout August.
In September we had the privilege of showing the work of the late Heather Fisher. I knew her work from last year’s Open Exhibition but sadly never met her before her untimely death a year ago. Her disturbing images of dark streets and pale children, familiar roads but with a string of rats slinking along in the gutter or a single small shoe abandoned, all with a sense of foreboding but beautifully painted, gave much food for thought.
In late September Martin Eccles and three more students from the Department of Fine Art at Newcastle University and Pip had two King Charles’ Spaniels to play with for the day. They displayed their work in the foyer and hopefully will return when they are further on in their artistic careers.
This year’s Open Exhibition, the third, was big and splendid. The best yet, fewer paintings but all of a much higher standard than previously.
The Photography Group from the North Star Centre displayed their beautiful images in the foyer, making an impressive introduction to the upstairs exhibition. It was a privilege to hang in centre position the handsome portrait by Tessa Bennettof William Cowe who sadly died not long after Cameron’s show about the Cockle Cowes buildings. On the first morning of the show a rainbow appeared on Mark Irving’s beautiful seascape. Later the Lambton Worm was purchased for display at Lambton Castle as a tourist attraction: a sort of homecoming for it! Students from Longridge Towers School came to visit accompanied by Lizzie McCorquodale who was herself exhibiting in the show. An excellent event.