Creative Scottish Borders Weekend

May Bank Holiday Art Events

You campers are a clever lot, we meet such a lot of talented artistic, creative, crafty campers at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping. There are lots of events throughout the year that may be of interest but this coming weekend in particular deserves a mention!

May Bank Holiday 2018 sees two major weekend events within ten minutes of the camp site – Art @ Ancrum and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival.

Art @ Ancrum runs from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May and is 0pen 10am till 5pm daily. There are exhibitions and demonstrations by professional artists and design-led makers in multiple venues throughout the beautiful village, where you can meet and purchase directly from the artisans. A couple of our favourites are Geof Hickey (check out his images of Ruberlsaw!) and wonderfully talented Hannah Longmuir , whose woodland works remind us so much of the woods at the camp site.

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival is now in its eighth year. For five days, 3-7 May, Hawick becomes the centre for some of the world’s most respected and acclaimed moving image artists, presenting the most groundbreaking experimental film and moving image from around the world. There are more than 130 film screenings, 36 world premieres, 12 film installations in locations around the town (map of these is on the event programme, available from the campsite, Heart of Hawick, or the Alchemy office on Hawick High Street). Alchemy also shows expanded cinema performances, a filmmaker symposium and film walk to Fatlips Castle on the Monday

There are some great events on specifically for children too, how about having a go at making a kaleidoscope at Jedburgh Castle Jail.  On Monday 7 May there is the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jedburgh’s Sir David Brewster  who invented the kaleidoscope and make one of your own, with a workshop leader. Drop-in session 2-3pm, charge £2. Part of the Borders Science Festival 2018.

Some interesting things going on slightly further afield, including the new Borders Sculpture Park at Mellerstain House and the opening of the 70th Anniversary Art Exhibition of Galashiels Studio Club in Old Gala House . Lovely old Hawick Museum , situated in Wilton Park, always has something interesting to see, as does the Borders Textile Towerhouse , on Hawick High Street.

Phew, jam-packed weekend, have fun whatever you do!!

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