Conversations in Wood

Conversations in Wood

The Launch of a Year-Long Series of Arts Events

Conversations in Wood Launches a Year-Long Series of Arts Events as Marchmont House Joins Forces With with Lyon & Turnbull to Support Scottish Creativity and Craftsmanship.

The magnificent Marchmont House is preparing to celebrate the very best in contemporary Scottish wood sculpture with an exhibition, talks and films featuring leading artists and makers.

Taking place from Saturday 3rd  to Monday 5th August, Conversations in Wood at Marchmont House is the first of a year-long series of events that celebrate the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship of makers and creators.

The exhibition will feature 18 makers and artists, including eight who will speak about their relationships with the wood they sculpt, carve and shape to create unique pieces of work. There will also be films that highlight special journeys associated with making in wood.

The core of the experience, which is also in collaboration with Visual Arts Scotland, The Scottish Gallery and Craft Scotland, is an exhibition showcasing contemporary makers using wood within their creative practice from across The Scottish Borders, Scotland and beyond.

Three Knobbers by David Nash


Anyone wanting to attend Conversations in Wood at Marchmont House can choose between the day-long programme on Saturday, 3 August and shorter taster sessions on the Sunday and Monday.

Among those contributing are Andrew Mackenzie, David Nash, Sebastian Cox, Charlie Poulsen and Pauline Burbidge, Lawrence Neal, Lucilla Sim, Thomas Hawson, Isabelle Moore, Angus Richardson, Anthony Bryant, Roland Fraser, Beth Legg, Naomi Mcintosh, Angus Ross, Eleanor Lakelin, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Edward Teasdale and Adrian McCurdy.

Hugo Burge, owner of Marchmont, who has lovingly restored the mid 18th-century Palladian mansion near Greenlaw, wants Marchmont to be a centre for celebrating makers and creators. The idea for an event that focussed on wood came from a conversation between him and the artist and President of Visual Arts Scotland, Andrew Mackenzie, after the successful ALIGHT exhibition at the RSA in early 2019.

The event has been timed to coincide with an open studios open studios event, from 2-5 August, to mark Pauline Burbidge & Charlie Poulsen’s 26 years at Allanbank Mill Steading at Allanton, Duns.

The series will continue this September with Exploring Modern Scottish Sculptureat Marchmont House. This will see experts, industry leaders and artists coming together to consider what Scottish Sculpture stands for; shine a light on the giants like Paolozzi, Turnbull & Laing; uncover the hidden stories; and support a new generation of talented sculptors working in Scotland today. It will provide an opportunity to see the extraordinary Marchmont House collection of modern sculpture from Scotland and around the United Kingdom.




Conversations in Wood | Marchmont House | Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th August 2019
For event programme and tickets ⇒ 

Exploring Modern Scottish Sculpture | Marchmont House | Saturday 21st September 2019
For event programme and tickets ⇒


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