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Wooden 'Urchin' among Dumfriesshire festival attractions

The 'Urchin' is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” Credit: Sara Penrhyn Jones

A star attraction at this weekend’s free-to-attend Environmental Art Festival Scotland is the unusual wooden sphere set afloat on the loch in front of the medieval Morton Castle near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.

The "Urchin", which was shipped up specially from Mid-Wales for this weekend’s free public arts event in Dumfries and Galloway, is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” or a “contemplation chamber”.

Created by Jenny Hall and Tabitha Pope of Craftedspace, it allows wet-suit clad festival-goers to spend time out on the water rather than just wandering the margins.

The two-day celebration of the art and the environment starts today and includes many eye-catching and highly unusual performance and visual art events.

Scottish Paintings displayed at Paxton

More than 30 paintings by Scottish artists are going on display at Paxton House in the Scottish Borders.

The artwork is on loan from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Works by celebrated eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Scottish artists Sir Henry Raeburn, William McTaggart and Sir William Allan can be enjoyed alongside modern paintings by the renowned Scottish colourists Samuel John Peploe and George Leslie Hunter, and artists with local connections to the Borders, Anne Redpath and Sir William Gillies.

The Picture Gallery at Paxton is the largest private gallery ever to be built in Scotland.


Art exhibition displays work of woman who took her own life

Evie Douglas Credit: Freda Douglas

An art exhibition is displaying the work of a Peebles woman who took her own life.

Evie Douglas was 21 when she died in November last year.

Her mother, Freda Douglas, has put on the exhibition of her daughter's work, to highlight the illness she had.

The art includes self-portraits, photographs and videos of Evie dancing.

Freda wants people to be more open about depression.

Evie was a former pupil at Peebles High School, and taught dance lessons in the town.

Evie Douglas Credit: Freda Douglas

WATCH: New £1m art attraction opens to the public

A new £1million art space developed from an old open cast coal mine in Dumfries and Galloway has opened to the public.

Crawick Multiverse, near Sanquhar, is situated on a 55-acre site. It was created by reknowned artist Charles Jencks, and as Lori Carnochan reports, it's already proving a hit.

Million pound 'cosmic landscape' opens

Crawick Multiverse Credit: Crawick Multiverse

A new artwork, which cost £1 million to produce, opens in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The Crawick Multiverse is a 55-acre "cosmic landscape", inspired by themes of space, astronomy and cosmology.

It was created by American architect Charles Jencks, and funded by the Duke of Buccleuch.

It opens to the public today with a traditional summer fayre, including a treasure trail and art competition, and stalls selling local produce.


Mythical mosaics on display at Spring Fling

Kate Anderson and her Mosaics Credit: Spring Fling

Mosaics featuring creatures from myth and legend are among the artwork on display at a visual arts show in Dumfries and Galloway.

Kate Anderson, who has a studio near Kirkudbright, is one of 94 artists from the region showcasing work at the 13th annual Spring Fling.

The event, which runs from May 23 to 25, is a showcase for everything from paintings, original prints, photography and sculpture to jewellery, cabinet making, glassware and textiles.

Last year it attracted around 13,400 visitors, more than half from outwith the region and overseas, and contributed around £1.4 million to the local economy.

Kate Anderson said:

It’s lovely to welcome people to the studio and talk to them about mosaics and how they are made. It’s an ancient tradition and one that has a long history in so many parts of the world, people really seem to enjoy discovering how it’s done in the present and more about its past.

– Kate Anderson, artist

'Banging the drum' for art in the Borders

Around 70 artists are displaying their work at Kelso's Springwood Park this weekend, at the Borders Art Fair.

Organisers say it's a chance for local artists to showcase their craft under one roof.

The event was started last year by artist Denise Playfair and Jane Smith, who felt there was no one 'banging the drum' for art in the Borders.

The event is taking place from 10am until 5pm and entry is free.

Many different styles of art are on disply Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of art lovers are expected to visit over the weekend Credit: ITV Border
An artist at work Credit: ITV Border
The Fair appeals to all ages Credit: ITV Border

C-Art celebrates 200 Cumbrian artists

The two week programme featured nearly 200 artists Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's biggest visual arts event is celebrating another successful year with almost 200 artists opening their studio doors to visitors.

Nearly 200 galleries and workshops have been involved in C-Art 2014.

The two week long programme celebrates all types of art, crafts and design and runs until Sunday.

Controversial artwork gets Kelso talking

If you've been to the Border town of Kelso in the past week, you will have noticed the huge rock that has appeared in the town square.

The 19 tonne lump of basalt will be carved with local place names.

Called the Kelsae Stane, it's the winning design of a £40,000 art project and, like most pieces of public art, it's certainly a talking point.

Jenny Longden reports.

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