TWO of the region’s top cultural attractions will open for the 2011 season with exciting new exhibitions.
In Old Gala House in Galashiels, which opens its doors tomorrow, the Christopher Boyd Gallery will host a touring interactive project, entitled Art Odyssey, exploring the work of famous artists from the Borders and aimed at children.
They will get the chance to work in different media through specific workshops covering the different types of paint used by artists, how to use colour, printmaking and using new technologies. Each child will take away a small portfolio of their own work from the workshop sessions.
Assistant curator Phoebe Lowe told us: “This year we have an extraordinary treat in the fact that we are showcasing our fine painting collection and alongside this we are engaging young audiences with the most modern technological advances in art design by displaying Apple and Nintendo equipment.”
Elsewhere in Old Gala House, the Pringle Room will host the Sea and Coast exhibition from Cumbrian artist Ros White, These new oil paintings capture the morning light along the shoreline and the changing moods of the landscape throughout the day.
Galashiels-based community group the Old Gala Club has put together an exhibition which covers the games history of the town to the present day. This includes photographs and artefacts from a large variety of sports and games played in the town. Visitors can also come along and play indoor games such as cards, darts, dominos, chess, draughts and “shove hap’ penny.”
Graham Garvie, Scottish Borders Council’s executive Member for culture, enthused: “Once again members of the public can see and interact with exciting exhibitions in this fascinating venue.”
Meanwhile, over in Selkirk’s Market Place, the Sir Walter Scott courtroom will open for the new season on Monday with a photographic exhibition, Where’s Walter?, which runs until May 22.
Scott and local historian and writer Walter Elliot are hiding inside crowd scenes and have to be found. There are no prizes, but the show offers fun for visitors, who can also learn a little bit of history along the way.
z Old Gala House in Scott Crescent is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am till 4pm in April, May and September.
In June, July and August it is open over the same hours Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 1 till 4pm. For information call 01750 20096.
Sir Walter Scott’s courtroom is open Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm and Saturday 11am till 3pm from March to September. From May to August is it also open on Sunday from 11am till 3pm. For information call 01750 20761.