Sculpting a bright future for artists and craft makers

Hugo Burge, director of Marchmont Ventures

NEW studios and workshops along with two specially commissioned sculptures are to be unveiled at the spectacular 18th century Marchmont House in the Borders.

More than £1 million of private money has been invested in the Creative Spaces project, which aims to provide affordable work spaces for artists and craft makers.

An event featuring talks, tours, films and catering by celebrity chef Valentine Warner will mark the launch on September 19.

Marchmont House is described as having ‘one of the finest’ collections of UK sculpture. The event will include the unveiling of two newly commissioned pieces called Sky Boat and Dancing Tree by Charlie Poulsen.

Hugo Burge, Marchmont’s director said, “Artists and craft makers are facing incredibly tough times at the moment, but we believe it’s essential for our culture, society and economy to support them so they can rebuild and flourish. The Creative Spaces launch represents a huge step forward in our aim to make Marchmont a home for artists, makers and creatives of many kinds. By having a new centre where the highest quality arts and craft are created and celebrated we hope to help promote some of the finest talent from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

The studios and workshops have been created by the conversion of a series of 19th century outbuildings round a courtyard near the house and its walled garden.

The Creative Spaces project is funded by Marchmont Farms Limited.