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New exhibition to open at Coldstream Museum

Squarescapes, by Rich Johnson Credit: Rich Johnson

The first exhibition of the year is set to open at Coldstream Museum, showing the work of a local artist.

Rich Johnson's exhibition is called Squarescapes, and features landscapes inspired by his surroundings:

“My art is influenced by the landscape of the area - woods, fields and streams – and playing, walking and exploring them.

“It had a profound influence on me and I keep coming back to these themes in my work. I'm interested in borders generally - where trees meet fields, where the horizon meets the sky and of course where the land meets the sea.

"Squarescapes started life as small eight-inch square canvasses, little snapshots of landscape as glimpsed and remembered while travelling around the Borders, but they gradually grew larger.”

– Rich Johnson, artist

Squarescapes opens on Monday 30 March until Sunday 31 May.

The exhibition will be open 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 4pm on Sundays.


Exhibition for monks anniversary at Kelso Abbey

School girls admiring some of the displays Credit: ITV News Border

The exhibition brings together a selection of work by pupils from a number of schools across the Scottish Borders to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Tironisian Order of Monks at the Abbey.

Artwork, videos and animations have been created by school pupils over a six week period and tell the story of the Abbey from its beginning to the present day.

Kelso Abbey Exhibition

Artwork and drama is on display in Kelso, showcasing work by school children who have been learning about the town's Abbey.

Work including poetry, animation and videos explain the historic background to the abbey, which was founded by monks in the 12th century.

The children also looked at its destruction by the English Army in 1545, and its current day status as an historic icon of the town.

The exhibition is open to the public at the following times:

  • Tuesday 18th June 1pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 19th June 10am to 4pm
  • Thursday 20th June 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 21st June 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 22nd June 10am to 4pm