Ancrum @ the ready for debut exhibition

Geoff Hickey painting in art exhibition at Ancrum

Geoff Hickey painting in art exhibition at Ancrum

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Organisers hope the first ever Art@Ancrum event can be turned into a regular exhibition of local talent.

The showcase was put together after a successful Crossing Borders Art Trail was held in Ancrum last year.

It saw local painters Siobhan O’Hehir and Geoff Hickey opening up their studios in the village, while ceramicist Claire Norris, glass sculptor Inge Panneels, furniture craftsman Rob Thomson and photographer Ian Oliver all exhibit their work in Ancrum Village Hall.

More than 300 visitors made the trip to the village during the weekend last September, and, inspired by that success, Art@Ancrum was born. Its inaugural event now takes place from Friday, May 3 to Monday, May 6.

In total, 16 artists are taking part.

Alongside the majority of the original line-up from last year is jeweller Pat Young, stone carver Natasha Smith, and artists Derek Jones, Hannah Longmuir and Hugh Roberts.

A spokesperson for Art@Ancrum said: “The long weekend has the support of the Ancrum Village Hall committee and a number of other venues in the village. In addition to the hall and the studio, the Ancrum Pantry has offered a great space above the shop.

“Visitors will be able to view and purchase pieces and will even be able to discuss some of the artists’ work with them in person.

“This will allow potential buyers to discover more about how a piece was created, the materials used and the inspiration behind it.”

Exhibition spaces will be open from 10am to 5pm on all three days. For more information, visit www.artatancrum.org.uk or the group’s Facebook page.