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THE River Tweed is the subject of an exhibition which opened yesterday at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, at Ancrum.

The show is the first compilation of an ongoing experimental art project with local artists looking at the Tweed and meeting people involved in the river and its tributaries.

The art and nature project, Working the Tweed – also the title of the exhibition – has seen visual artist Kate Foster, writer Jules Horne, choreographer Claire Pençak, and composer James Wyness work with environmental organisations Tweed Forum and Southern Uplands Partnership, supported by the Scottish Borders Leader programme and Creative Scotland.

Issues covered include re-meandering and fish tagging, and the project’s field visits and meetings with scientists and specialists have prompted the drawing, film, sound and textiles in the show.

Claire said: “We are trying to think about the Borders through the lens of the Tweed catchment and how we interact with the rivers and how the rivers shape the Borders.

“It is about bringing an artistic or creative process to some of the complex work that is taking place.

“The exhibition shows information and documentation gathered from field visits and the first couple of riverside meetings as videos, interviews and map-making, and we are trying to present some of the science and specialist knowledge that we have learned.”

The project continues until the end of February.