Berwick-upon-Tweed is the most Northerly town in England’s most Northerly County of Northumberland. With some of the most spectacular coastal views and situated on the banks of the River Tweed – Berwick is a dramatic walled town in a beautiful location. As a result, Berwick has always attracted artistic folk…
From home grown artists including Thomas Sword-Good and Fred Stott, to visitors including Turner and L.S. Lowry – Berwick’s landscape and architecture has been a fascination for many.
Lowry in particular had a great love of the town, visiting Berwick on holiday from the 1930’s until the year before his death in 1976. Until 21st September 2014 the ‘L.S. Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland’ exhibition is open daily in the Granary Gallery. Over 6,000 people have already visited the exhibition which includes loans from Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery, The Lowry Estate, The Lowry (Salford) and from private collections.
This is the largest collection of Lowry originals to be shown in Berwick-upon-Tweed and features; The Market Place, Dewar’s Lane, Spittal Sands, and a football match on ‘The Stanks’. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the works of one of the UK’s best-loved artist’s, right here in Northumberland!
The exhibition is open daily (Monday & Tuesday 12-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm) in the Dewar’s Lane Granary building which also houses Berwick YHA and the Granary Bistro Cafe. The Granary building itself is worth a visit. Built in 1769, the six storey Granary suffered a fire in the early 19th Century which causes it to lean more than the tower of Pisa!
Beginning from Dewar’s Lane, you can also follow the Lowry Trail to walk in the footsteps of the great ‘matchstick-men’ painter, exploring the town and discovering its hidden gems. The Trail takes in the Elizabethan Walls and Berwick town, before crossing the River Tweed into Tweedmouth and Spittal, a total walking time of approx. 3 hours.
Today, Berwick has a thriving culture and arts scene, with 4 art galleries (Granary Gallery, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Watchtower Gallery), 5 museums (Berwick Barracks, KOSB Regimental Museum, Berwick Museum, Town Hall & Cell Block Museum, and The Main Guard Museum) a working pottery (Tower House Pottery) and the Maltings Theatre & Cinema.
If you plan your visit for the last week of the exhibition, you can also attend the 10th Annual Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (17th-21st September 2014) a celebration of international film in various unique venues around the town.
Complete your visit by buying some local artists work as a lasting reminder of Berwick-upon-Tweed. From local art shops and galleries on Bridge Street and Castlegate, to Serendipity and the Tourist Information Centre on Marygate, you will find the perfect gift or souvenir.
Head over to www.visitberwick.com to find out more about the town that inspired Lowry.