Behind the scenes: Find out how art works

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This weekend sees the ever-popular Wasps Open Studios event at St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk.

Every year, the resident artists fling open the doors to their respective studios, giving a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of work by the artists and explore their working environment, as well as enjoy a programme of arts workshops for all ages, talks, demonstrations, live music and plenty of good home baking to boot.

The artists – John Berry, Jim Douglas, Liz Douglas, Alex and Rob Hain, Kerry Jones, Moy Mackay, Fiona Millar, Mary Morrison, Joy Parker and Alan Richmond – work across textiles, painting, mosaic, sculpture, print, film, and puppetry.

St Mary’s Mill is a former working textile mill, and is an informal and atmospheric space in which to enjoy high-quality art and meet the artists who make it.

The event is free, and runs from 10-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2.

During the weekend, there will be free arts workshops and demonstrations.

Artist Joy Parker will lead a sculpture workshop using plaster bandage and wire on both days, from 10am to 4pm, for drop in sessions suitable for all ages, though younger children may need assistance.

Moy Mackay will demonstrate the felting techniques she uses to create her beautiful pieces at 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be short five-minute talks by the artists every hour, on the hour.

It is an experience not to be missed.

This year, the event is being promoted as part of the Creative Coathanger Festival, which celebrates ‘Everything Creative’ in and around Galashiels.

For more info and details of the weekend’s activities visit or find them on Facebook: Selkirk Wasps Artists Studios.