At Home with the Scottish Colourists

At Home with the Scottish Colourists

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£495 – £995

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Marchmont House

Greenlaw

Duns

TD10 6YL

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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A weekend celebrating Scotland’s leading 20th-century artists, the Scottish Colourists and their circle, by way of the Marchmont collection.

About this event

With our 'weekend house party' residential series we have created events where we hope to explore the relationship between art, nature and humanity.

Alice Strang, Curator of the National Galleries of Scotland Scottish Colourist Series of retrospective exhibitions and now a Senior Specialist of Modern and Contemporary Art at Lyon & Turnbull, will give talks and lead a session examining paintings, works on paper and sculptures by F. C. B. Cadell, J. D. Fergusson, G. L. Hunter, S. J Peploe and others.

Alice will be joined by Marchmont Creative Spaces resident artist and contemporary Colourist, Gary Anderson, who will host a studio visit to discuss his work and will encourage our guests to create their own Colourist masterpieces.

'At Home with the Scottish Colourists' is sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull

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“Lyon & Turnbull is delighted to sponsor this tremendous weekend, to be spent amidst the beautiful surroundings of Marchmont House and in the company of works by the Scottish Colourists and their circle. It is a privilege to visit an artist in their studio and Gary Anderson will not only talk about his work but will also encourage guests to be creative themselves. I am sure the whole experience will be inspirational.“

Gavin Strang, Managing Director, Lyon & Turnbull

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Above: Alice Strang with 'The Statuette' by Samuel John Peploe from the Marchmont Collection (pic: Alex Robson)

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Alice & Gary discussing these artists and examining their work at close hand - this, at the same time as allowing you enough time to unwind in the comfort and splendour of Marchmont House, the recently restored 'Grade A' listed Palladian mansion awarded the Historic Houses/Sotheby' Award in 2018.

Limited to up to 20 guests staying in the House - this is an intimate 'house party' offering two nights stay with dinner, breakfast, lunch and drinks included.

Below: 'The Blue Mountain' by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell from the Marchmont Collection

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Based on two people sharing, rooms have King-sized beds* and are all en-suite with a bath and shower, though a limited number of single occupancy rooms with en-suite shower are also available. There are also two 'State bedrooms' with a four-poster bed, bath and shower for you to choose.

Weekend for Two - State Room (Bath and shower) £995.00

Weekend for Two - King Room* (Bath and shower) £895.00

Weekend for One - King Room (Shower) £495.00

Prices above are inclusive of Eventbrite booking fees. If it doesn't appear that the room you are looking to book is avaialble please simply contact us.

A subsidised transfer is available from Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station by prior arrangement. If you plan to come by train please contact us before making your booking.

Art or art history knowledge/practice certainly isn't a pre-requisite. This will be relaxing, and casual, but hopefully stimulating weekend. Please just come with an open mind (and a pair of outdoor shoes). 

Thank you.

Below: Lorimer Dining Room at Marchmont

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Art or art history knowledge/practice certainly isn't a pre-requisite. This will be relaxing, and casual, but hopefully stimulating weekend. Please just come with an open mind (and a pair of outdoor shoes). 

Should demand exceed the 20 residential places available then we may, at our discretion, release a 'Day Ticket' for the Saturday 17th September element priced at £175.

*We also have one Twin room available at this rate.Below: Bedroom 3 'Warbler' at Marchmont

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“I’m thrilled by the prospect of this weekend - and to look more closely at the Scottish art in our collection which is close to my heart. It will be wonderful to not only explore this genre through the expertise of Alice Strang, but also the artist Gary Anderson, who continues the traditions of this movement in our own Studios at Marchmont - there is so much to look forward to.“

Hugo Burge, Director Marchmont Farms Limited

Below: Drawing Room at Marchmont

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Arrive on the Friday afternoon in time for tea and cakes, followed by an opportunity to tour the Marchmont Art Collection with our Curator, Francis Raeymaekers before taking in the peace and quiet of the Berwickshire countryside from the Terrace for drinks, before sitting round the table in the Old Kitchen Gallery for an informal dinner.

After a 'Full Marchmont' breakfast Saturday morning will be split into two parts:

From Iona to the Highlands: The Colourists in Scotland

- a talk by Alice Strang in the Music Room

Follow in the Colourists’ footsteps from Peploe and Cadell’s beloved Iona, to Hunter’s favourite haunts in Fife, to the inspiration which Fergusson found in nature.

This is followed by Tea/Coffee in the Music Room

then

Up Close and Personal with the Marchmont Colourists

- a practical session examining works of art led by Alice Strang and Francis Raeymaekers in The Saloon.

Works by the Colourists and their circle from the Marchmont Collection will be gathered together so that Alice and Francis can examine them in detail with our guests, with an emphasis on Fergusson’s sculpture.

Below: 'Cottages by the Coast' by Ernest Archibald Taylor from the Marchmont Collection

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After lunch in the Old Kitchen Gallery Saturday afternoon will be split into three parts:

From Maclauchlan Milne to Ernest Archibald Taylor: The Scottish Colourists and their Circle

- a talk by Alice Strang in the Music Room

Learn about other artists within the Colourists’ circle as represented at Marchmont, including ‘the fifth Colourist’ John Maclauchlan Milne and Ernest Archibald Taylor, who shared a love of the island of Arran.

This is followed by Tea in the Music Room

and then

A Studio Visit: Gary Anderson

- a visit to Gary Anderson in his studio within Marchmont Creative Spaces

Meet the artist Gary Anderson, who will discuss his work including the inspiration he has found in the Scottish Colourists

and

Talk and Create: Round Table Discussion and Studio Session

- led by Alice Strang and Gary Anderson in the Squash Court Studio

Alice will lead a discussion about the day’s topics and Gary will encourage our guests to create their own Colourist masterpieces using pastels on paper.

After some time to yourself, drinks will be served in the Saloon before a more formal dinner in the magnificent Lorimer Dining Room.

Below: 'A Perthshire Road' by Samuel John Peploe from the Marchmont Collection

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After a late breakfast on Sunday morning your host Hugo Burge will lead an impromptu tour of the outdoor sculptures at Marchmont and will shine a light on the giants in the collection; Anthony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, and David Nash as well as showcasing a new generation of 'local hero' sculptors working in Scotland today, including; Keith McCarter, Frippy Jameson and Charlie Poulsen.

All this before a Sunday lunch, and some time to yourself before you depart, but why not stay the Sunday night too? Add-on tickets are available.

Important details about this event

You will receive detailed instructions in our 'Welcome Pack' in advance, including details of the menus and drinks package.

Dress code: Casual (with outdoor shoes and waterproof coat recommended too) but a more formal 'Jacket - but no tie' for gentlemen on the Saturday night.

Covid-19 information: We will be adhering to any guidelines that are set by the Scottish Government relating to Covid precautions in hospitality venues, and would ask guests to adhere to them.

Our cancellation period is 7 days in advance, please note that Eventbrite fees are non-refundable.

Should we cancel the event for any reason you will receive a complete refund.

About the speakers

Alice Strang

Alice Strang was a curator at the National Galleries of Scotland for over twenty years, before joining Lyon & Turnbull as a Senior Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art in 2021. Highlights of her curatorial career include the Scottish Colourist Series of retrospective exhibitions of the work of F. C. B. Cadell, J. D. Fergusson and S. J. Peploe.

She was made a Saltire Society Outstanding Woman of Scotland for her leadership of the landmark Modern Scottish Women: Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965 exhibition and publication. Alice regularly lectures and writes about twentieth-century British – including Scottish – art and is a BBC Expert Woman.

Instagram @alice.strang.art

Gary Anderson

I am a Scottish artist from Edinburgh, now based in Stow in the Scottish Borders. My practice is predominantly painting and illustration, although relief sculpture and photography formed much of the groundwork for artistic development over the years. Drawing and painting, however, forms the bulk of my finished work often nuanced as specific stylised drawing formed from either a visual trigger, emotion, or the process of automatism where the initial mark making defines the image and a more cohesive composition grows from this. The rendered image is a collection of views, combined glances, often referencing historical or social stories or architectural and structural inequalities. Observational drawing is produced in a simplified way, offering suggestion of the subject rather than a tight representation. This approach has developed over the last few years forming semi abstract works with illustrative elements and motifs, chiefly in charcoal, gouache and oil.

Below: Gary Anderson
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Subjects of work commonly focus on boundaries, where countryside meets village, town and city, and the various intrusions that cut up the landscape. Urban landscapes continue to feed research. Edinburgh’s shifting skyline is an example I use frequently - its people, and a lifelong interest and concern for its architectural and cultural heritage. These concerns have featured heavily in my work over the years, watching the towns fabric and character changing throughout my own lifetime.

Instagram @garyandersonworkshop

Below: An aerial view of the rear of Marchmont including The Avenue.
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This event is preceded by....

Fair Isle and Orkney Strawback Chairs

2nd-4th September 2022

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