WATCH: Selkirk Studio’s 25th birthday

The countless pairs of feet which have danced and leaped across the floor of The Studio on the Green have left little impression on its polished wood.

But in the 25 years since the venue first threw open its doors in what had once been a disused Selkirk hosiery mill, there has been a huge impact on the local community, the surrounding area and wider Borders.

Studio on the Green Jenna Agate and Trevor Timms

Studio on the Green Jenna Agate and Trevor Timms

One of the most remarkable creative spaces ever to open in the region, it 
has been a labour of love over that past quarter-of-century for the couple behind it.

Jenna Agate and Trevor Timms started their first classes in the autumn of 1990 and since then students of all ages and abilities have participated in classes and courses in everything from dance, yoga and t’ai chi, to bodywork and physical therapies for their health, creativity and wellbeing.

As well as regular classes, The Studio has also provided weekend courses that have given many people their first experiences of such diverse activities as African drumming, crystal healing, meditation, pilates, Indian dance, Egyptian dance, psychotherapy, Tibetan singing bowls, ceroc, ballroom dance, Alexander technique, tap 
dance, Feldenkrais, aikido, acapella singing, reiki, circle dance, dramatherapy and massage.

Summer schools and performance projects, such as The River Tweed Project, Hobbits, Habits and Hats, and Stories, Sculpture and Skipping Rope have also given many people of all ages the opportunity to release their creative spirit, meet others and explore artistic expression.

It is a very far cry from 1989 when Jenna and Trevor first chanced upon the building known as Currie’s Old Mill. The building had been used for the manufacture of ladies’ hosiery from the 1880s onwards into the 1950s.

Thereafter, the daughter of the mill’s owner had used it as a house and artist’s studio.

At the time, Jenna and Trevor were living and 
working in Aberdeen – Jenna is a dance artist and choreographer and was teaching and performing all over Scotland, while Trevor is 
a remedial masseur manipulative therapist and 
psychotherapist.

Recent celebrations to mark The Studio’s silver anniversary provided a chance to look back and reflect, with a photographic exhibition of many of the activities and events held over the two-and-a-half decades and those who took part in them.

Jenna, The Studio’s artistic director, who hails originally from Warwickshire, told The Southern that The Studio, registered as a charitable body, has never been about money.

“It has washed its face financially, which it at least had to do. But this was more about being part of our community, providing somewhere people could come and experience new things and ways of expressing themselves and I think we have done that,” she told us.

“We’re still here after all these years. And what’s nice is that some of those four-year-old youngsters I first taught now phone up and ask if they can bring their kids. So The Studio has impacted the lives of several generations and that is lovely. ”

Currently hosting its first art exhibition as part of the YES Arts Festival, The Studio is now looking forward to the future. Back in 1990, Jenna and Trevor had given themselves five years to make it work. “Then it was 10 years, then it was 15!” Jenna laughed.

“I think we’re safe to say now, after 25 years, that The Studio has safely become part of the Selkirk landscape.

“We really feel rooted in this community, and that has enriched us and we hope our presence has, in turn, enriched the community.”