This year’s Concert for Brownsbank will take place on Saturday 19 September at The Corn Exchange Biggar. An outstanding programme has been organised - Students from Biggar High School will read Hugh Mac-Diarmid’s work as well as other Scottish poetry. Alan Riach and James Robertson will present pieces from their own work. Carolyn Scott and Andy Sim’s film of James Robertson, shot at the cottage, remembering his time as writer-in-residence at Brownsbank 1993-1995 will be shown.
In the second half MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank is delighted to announce that the quartet THE GALLOWAY AGREE-MENT will perform. The group is a collaboration featuring Wendy Stewart (clarsach, vocals), Ruth Morris (alto and tenor sax and nykel harpa) Gavin Marwick (fiddle..
MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank will present the work of artists Sandy Moffat and Ruth Nicol with visual realisations of the poetry of Professor Alan Riach in the gallery at the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum. The show will contain the twin themes of Hugh MacDiarmid and the town of Biggar.
A number of outreach events during the course of the event will be held at the venue. These will include the artists meeting with students from Biggar High School Art and English Department, a talk by Alan Riach titled ‘MacDiarmid The Biggar Years’ ‘In Conversation with Sandy Moffat, Ruth Nicol and Alan Riach’ and Alan reading from ‘The Flyting’, the letters from the Scotsman newspaper from Hugh MacDiarmid and Hamish Henderson.
A new film made at Brownsba..
Following on from the successes of previous years, artwork from nursery to P7 and the art & design department from Biggar High will be displayed in shop windows during the festival. The theme this year is Bees, an area close to our identity as a school community and one of environmental concern for us as an ECO school...
On show will be an exhibition of paintings and drawings by illustrator and artist Andrew Foley. There will be a number of different pieces displayed, including prints and cards for sale. Due to difficulties opening his home studio to the public, Andrew will form part of a joint exhibition in Leadhills Village Hall with 3 other local artists. The artist will be on hand throughout the weekend to discuss his work. Themes explored in this work include the natural environment and our place in it, the passage of time and the rich folkloric history of these lands...
Following the success of last year, local artists will once again be opening their hearts, souls and studios to let the public share in their creativity. Click here for full details of all the artists participating and a map showing how to follow the open studios trail...
A warm welcome awaits you in my studio & gallery situated beside the Scrib Tree Coffee Shop in Douglas. I have many new Oil & Acrylic paintings based on Scottish landscapes, seascapes and the seasons; Giclee prints inspired by old dried flower specimens from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh; drawings & beach combing assemblages.
I have jewellery from local jewellers Moira Pedreschi and Maggie Lord of Scaramanda.
A variety of bargain frames from my husband’s company Caledonia Fine Arts. As well as this special BLF event, I am open throughout the year Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.
Claire Orange will be showing some of her recent ceramic work in Leadhills village hall alongside 3 other local artists and she will also be doing demonstrations during the Saturday.
Claire produces a diverse range of ceramic sculptural pieces and often adds an element of experimentation and unpredictability into her work; the surface of the piece determined by the combination and interaction of materials used and the effects of the firing process. Much of the material is gathered locally and incorporated into the clay, creating unique pieces.
Some of the work will be for sale.
Corra Sea Glass and Crafts comes from the imagination of Carol who produces handmade, unique jewellery (pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings) using sea glass, pottery, driftwood. She creates in her studio with the sound of a burn which flows to the Falls of Clyde.
Mark draws inspiration for his paintings from the seasons, lighting and atmospheres around the Falls of Clyde and Corehouse as well as Eastern European street scenes. Inspired by Victorian realist landscape and impressionist painters alike. He also produces rustic mirrors & crafts.
Liz Steele at Drakelaw Pottery welcomes visitors to her pop-up showroom on the outskirts of Crawfordjohn. Liz makes a range of decorative and functional stoneware that is oven, microwave and dishwasher proof and good enough to use every day. Each unique piece is hand thrown and decorated with impressed motifs, which are then coloured with slip to enhance the patterns. The range of pots include many sizes of bowls, mugs, jugs, serving dishes and more. Try making and decorating a small pot for yourself whilst enjoying refreshments and home baking. Everyone welcome.
Throwing demonstrations at 1pm & 4pm
Sorry, no disabled access.
Elly specialises in freestyle machine embroidery and will be very happy to welcome you and chat about her work. She is inspired by the different seasons and birds in particular. Come and enjoy delicious home baking and even have a go on the sewing machine...
Fiona Foley has been a stained glass artist for over 25 years. With commissions in Cathedrals, Schools, hospitals and other community spaces she will be exhibiting some of her smaller works, with some decorative pieces for sale. Fiona will be on hand with a temporary workshop set up to demonstrate some of the techniques involved in this centuries old craft. Exhibiting alongside her will be partner and sometime collaborator, Andrew Foley and there will also be a display of drawings, paintings, ceramics and weaving, also by other Leadhills artists. ..
Gillian is a weaver and fibre artist, who has recently moved to Leadhills from Boulder, Colorado. Her work includes; handwoven and hand dyed pieces, felting and hand painted silk. Gillian will have a variety of items for sale at the show including shawls, scarves and wallhangings. Themes include an exploration of colour and texture...
I look forward to welcoming you to my open studio in the town of Biggar.
I work with oils on canvas as a figurative and portrait artist, inspired by the enduring fascination of the human form. I blend realism with abstraction to create artworks that are both structured and immediate. My source references are either studio posed depictions, or candid images from city street life.
Original framed paintings will be on show, including giclee fine art prints of selected artworks. I also take commissions and can discuss in detail the process involved. Tea and coffee will be available. ..
Another busy year at Janefield Studios! Ken has been working on paintings of Edinburgh’s original St. James Square, the now demolished Centre & the rebuilding of the new Complex. He has explored surrealism in paintings & linocuts of the same & surrounding areas.
Moira has designed new greetings cards (with a twist) and - in an exciting new development - has created card kits for people who would like to make something different to commercially available cards and kits and which make ideal gifts! Happy to discuss our work and looking forward to welcoming you. Vegan chocolate fudge awaits your arrival!..
Moira and Carlo welcome you to their home where, over a cuppa they will be happy to chat while you browse their latest work.
Try on a piece of Moira's "one-off" sterling silver jewellery and see her latest collection, combining silver with re-cycled and other materials, all pieces on display are available to purchase.
View Carlo's most recent drawings and paintings both abstract and figurative in a range of media. Many pieces are available to purchase
Telephone: 01899 850602
Mobile: 07926 628156
Working from Roberton, in the Upper Clyde Valley, I design and make stained glass copper foiled artwork, ranging from small shelf items to larger panels set in vintage firescreen frames. The richness of colour in stained glass is an important influence in my work. My designs have a contemporary feel with strong lines and proportions, allowing the glass to be shown to its true potential...
Liz produces a range of individual ceramic wall art pieces, some combined with beautiful wood backgrounds and large pots for inside and outside inspired by the stunning local area around Biggar. Paul produces a range of bespoke modern and traditional footstools which can be purchased or made to order using customers own fabric. All work on display available to purchase or commission. We are based 4 miles from Coulter, up Birthwood road, over the cattle grid, onto the private road, white house at the end of the road on the hill.
Tel: 01899 221093 Chyvean51@googlemail.com..
Come and join local book designer, Beth, and learn how to make your own everlasting journal using pieces of beautiful vintage leather. In this workshop you will make a cover and two notebooks which once filled, can be taken out and replaced. A beautiful, long lasting book style that makes a great everyday notebook or as a precious gift for someone special.
All resources are provided.
This workshop is suitable for adults and children over 14 years.
No experience required.
Limited spaces available.
Jacqui enjoys experimenting with water based media including printmaking. She finds inspiration in natural forms and landscapes locally, the west coast and further afield. She is influenced by Winifred Nicholson, Joan Eardley and Barbara Robertson.
Neil is an anarchist, mathematician, gambler and now artist who likes how movement, energy, colour and form combine to produce beauty. He likes to produce larger works to enhance their visual impact and passionately believes in affordable art-for-all. Abstract Expressionism in Biggar!
Colin Semple is based at the Old School where he designs and makes unique furniture and smaller gift items using locally sourced hardwoods.
Lesley Johnson is a landscape artist working in various mediums. Inspired by Borders hills and the stunning Scottish coastline, her work often includes white crofts, seed heads, beaches and gorgeous colours.
Both will have a range of work on display along with some work in progress and are very happy to discuss commissions.