Because of the Corona Virus, to protect all our participants, venue hosts, and of course visitors, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Art @Ancrum.
We had already made the decision to make this our last event. This is in part due to the poor health of one of our main organisers (who is also a participant and venue provider).
We understand this will be a disappointment to everyone concerned (not least myself), but these are exceptional times, and everyone’s health is paramount.
A long weekend of exhibitions and demonstrations by professional artists and design-led makers in multiple venues throughout the village of Ancrum, where you can meet and purchase directly from the artisans.
See and support the wealth of local creative talent.
“Art at Ancrum, relaxed, friendly and arty.
You can visit artists, look at the view, have a coffee, pop in to see a local maker, have something to eat, look at some paintings, visit the hall/gallery, look at the gardens, have a picnic on the green, go for a walk, purchase a print, have a pint, have a gin, have a wine and some cake.
It’s not just an event, it’s a whole new experience.”(Stuart Dalgleish)
Building on the success of the 2012 ‘Crossing Borders’ Art Trail exhibition, a group of participants proposed a new initiative, a long weekend of Art@Ancrum. This has turned into an annual event, supported by the people of the village.
2020 would have been our 8th year.
A selection of professional artists and design-led makers from across the Borders were invited to participate. Many had taken part before but there were a few new names for 2020.
|There was to be teas, coffees, cakes & scones in the Village Hall provided by the ladies from Roxburgh Federation SWI, with profits going to The Margaret Kerr Unit and the MS Society – Borders Group|
There was also an exhibition called “Absent Friends” in the Cross Keys.
In addition to the Artists and makers taking part, we also have an exhibition of work by artists that are not taking part themselves, but who’s work we appreciate. This will be in the Cross Keys dining room.
A carved stone cross stands on the triangular village green, where regular markets took place from 1490. Bishop Blackadder of Glasgow, as feudal lord of the village, set up a market in a failed attempt to turn the village into a centre for trade and commerce, perhaps we can make it a centre for “The Arts” instead?
As well as offering a bespoke framing service, the Gallery also stocks a large variety of quality handmade crafts and gifts, and a full range of landscape photographs from the Borders and elsewhere.
The paintings are inspired by the Scottish Borders and Northumberland landscape and in particular by the “big skies” and infinite variety of the instantly changeable weather conditions.
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