Spirited at The Granary Gallery

2018 marks one hundred years of the Representation of the People Act, which afforded the first British women the right to vote. So, what better way to celebrate such an important marker in modern history, than with an exhibition dedicated to a host of key, female British artists from the past century?

Women have been involved in the making of art for hundreds of years: as creators; curators; patrons; collectors; art historians and critics. However, when compared with their male counterparts, their contribution has often been overlooked and undervalued. Women have encountered challenges, not only in the production of art, but in gaining education; in exhibiting and selling their work; in building their reputation.

Here at Great Northumberland, we are proud to showcase women-artists who have risen to the challenge. In a summer-long exhibition, named Spirited, works by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE, to name but a few, will be available to view in Berwick YHA’s 2ndfloor gallery – The Granary Gallery.

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As well as the exhibition of works, Spirited will also be accompanied by a programme of lectures, workshops and exhibition tours in partnership with Berwick Educational Association. Workshops include practical masterclasses, such as Women Painting Women: an acrylic painting workshop; Propaganda of Print: a reductive lino printing workshop; Sculptors Drawings: an exercise in mixed media; The Figure in the Landscape: drawing and painting in watercolour or gouache; Constructing a Narrative: adding meaning to your work, and Abstraction and Mark Making from the Landscape: experiments in composition and mixed media.

Women and men-alike can enjoy a series of lectures, on topics such as The Glasgow Girls and the Suffragettes; Women Artists Between the Wars, and on the Spirited Women Artists, themselves.

As a whole, Spirited, which draws on works from The Ingram Collection, one of Britain’s most significant and publicly-accessible collections of Modern British Art, will make a bold statement: that art is equal.


Spirited is open from Saturday 26 May through to Tuesday 16 October; the works are available to view from 10:30am ‘til 5:30pm. 

Exhibition Guided Tours will be led by Professor Maria Chester from Berwick Educational Association from 1pm – 2pm on select dates in June, July, August, September and October. 

Berwick Educational Association workshops and lectures take place throughout June, July, August, September and October.

Please see the Berwick Visual Arts website for more details.


The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ

Book Your Tickets Now

Celebrate women making waves in the arts at The Granary Gallery with this special exhibition, which is part of Great Northumberland’s 2018 programme of events. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased via the link, below or in-person.