"As in any collaboration, the trees have their own ideas"
- Roger Deakin on David Nash in Wildwood.

Visual Arts Scotland are delighted to announce an exciting celebration of wood, in collaboration with Marchmont House, The Scottish Gallery and Craft Scotland.

Marchmont House will host a rich and exciting celebration of wood, in collaboration with Visual Arts Scotland, The Scottish Gallery and Craft Scotland. At the core of the experience is an exhibition showcasing contemporary makers using wood within their creative practice from across The Scottish Borders, Scotland and beyond, with a series of talks concentrating on their personal conversations with the wood as they sculpt, carve and shape their unique pieces of work. There will also be selected films showing on David Nash, Lawrence Neal and Sebastian Cox, which highlight special journeys associated with making in wood, as part of our goal to spur conversations around wood.

The timing of this event will kick-start a splash of creativity in the Scottish Borders on the back of Pauline Burbidge & Charlie Poulsen’s 26 years of open studios at Allanbank Mill Steading open 2-5th August. The idea arose from a conversation between artist and President of Visual Arts Scotland, Andrew Mackenzie and Hugo Burge of Marchmont House, after the successful ALIGHT exhibition at the RSA in early 2019.

There will be 18 makers & artists involved in the show, with at least 8 present & speaking. Two of the artists, Naomi Mcintosh & Beth Legg were part of the ALIGHT Craft Scotland showcase exploring relationships between wood and other materials. Craft Scotland are also bringing Angus Ross. Other artists and makers were selected either from ALIGHT, through The Scottish Gallery’s recent WOOD exhibition, or through the collection of Marchmont House.

Artists showing are: David Nash, Sebastian Cox, Charlie Poulsen & Pauline Burbidge, Lawrence Neal, Luci Sim, Andrew Mackenzie, Thomas Hawson, Isabelle Moore, Angus Richardson, Roland Fraser, Beth Legg, Naomi Mcintosh, Angus Ross, Eleanor Lakelin, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Edward Teasdale & Adrian McCurdy.

There are ten reduced tickets for VAS members on the Eventbrite site, for Saturday the 3rd August. First come, first serve!

These will be priced at a special members rate of £62.50 (full price £75.00 – a saving of £12.50), using the code ‘VASWOOD. This price is for the whole days, including tours of the collection and exhibition, talks, films and lunch – see the eventbrite link for more details.

Other tickets are also available.

Full details & Eventbrite tickets HERE


Visual Arts Scotland, Craft Scotland, Marchmont House and Borders Art Fair present CONVERSATIONS IN WOOD, an exhibition and event organised by Visual Arts Scotland and Craft Scotland, featuring The Scottish Gallery, hosted by the magnificent Marchmont House in The Scottish Borders, to coincide with The Borders Art Fair.