Crossing Borders with their art

Crossing Borders Art Trail takes place this month
Crossing Borders Art Trail takes place this month

MORE than 50 artists across the Borders and North Northumberland will fling open their studio doors tomorrow for the Crossing Borders Art Trail.

The grass roots network is for independent professional artists and designer makers living and working in the two regions, which are home to a “extraordinary wealth of local creative talent” according to organisers.

The range of work being shown over two weekends spans photography, drawing and painting, textiles, sculpture, jewellery, furniture and more.

In each case, there will be the chance to view work in progress and to buy one-off pieces direct from the artist. Many will also offer a chance to try weaving, felting, working in clay, print-making and other techniques.

Among those taking part are Innerleithen’s Claire Blyth and Siobhan O’Hehir of Ancrum (visual artists), Pat Young of Kelso (jewellery), Minto’s Helen Hastings (textiles) and Sivi Davey of Jedburgh (ceramics).

Crossing Borders development officer Arabella Harvey said: “This really is a great opportunity for all ages and abilities to roll up their sleeves and become involved.

“The aim of the Crossing Borders Art Trail is to showcase, celebrate and encourage the increasing number of creative individuals in both areas and bring them together with new audiences and customers.

“By offering two weekend opportunities to visit, it also allows for a leisurely journey between venues, with time to stop off for a chat, a spot of lunch and to take in some of the beautiful countryside found across both regions.

“Creativity is incredibly important to our economy, well-being and way of life. By shining the spotlight on these skills, visitors may think twice about whom to go to when they need unique artwork or want to develop their own creative interests.”

Crossing Borders Art Trail starts tomorrow until Sunday and Friday, September 9 to Sunday September 11.

For more information visit www.crossing-borders.org.uk