Entries by Maggie Mackay

A Tale of Two Towns

Two different towns in two different parts of the Borders, but how have Peebles and Selkirk changed in character down the years? Those changes, both within and between them, are the focus of a new exhibition at the Eastgate Theatre by an artist with an intimate knowledge of each. Running until Christmas Eve, Philip Hutton’s new exhibition, Peebles and the Other Place, comprises a wide range of oil and watercolours depicting atmospheric scenes from the two towns.

Wild Walls at the Eastgate

Scotland’s rich and often dramatic landscape inspires in many different ways – and that’s no more apparent than in the approach of two Peebles-based artists whose work is currently on display at the Eastgate Theatre.

The Eastgate Plans for the Future

The Eastgate Theatre received welcome news on 24th September, when it heard that its application to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund had been successful.  A grant of £70,000 has been awarded by Creative Scotland to allow the theatre to protect jobs and continue to employ artists and freelancers between now and the end of March 2021 so that it can continue to deliver the arts experiences so appreciated by the community.

Eastgate Theatre Launches Open Doors Campaign

With uncertainty about exactly when it will reopen, but a determination to do so with a creative offering that reflects the new realities of life after lockdown, the Eastgate Theatre has launched a campaign that will enable it to continue contributing to the lives of people of all ages and interests across Tweeddale and beyond.

Carlops Celebrates Musical Connections

Folk music fans are expected to flock to Carlops on Saturday 20 July when the village hall will be filled with the sound of modern Scottish folk music performed by harpist Rachel Newton and fiddle player Lauren MacColl.

Creative Peebles Festival 2019 Programme Announced

Edinburgh may hog the headlines when it comes to arts festivals in August, but art lovers don’t have to head to the capital to experience all sorts of activities next month. Running for ten days from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September Creative Peebles Festival 2019 celebrates the wealth of creative talent found locally, shining a light on the work of artists, musicians, arts groups, film makers and craftspeople found in this most artistic of towns.

This year’s festival offers not just a host of indoor performances and workshops but also opportunities to explore the often surprising history, architecture, nature and landscape of Peebles through an expanded programme of walks, talks and tours.

Young Artistic Talent in the Spotlight

Over the next month, Eastgate Theatre audiences will have the chance to experience performances that showcase the next generation of artistic talent emerging from this extraordinarily creative part of the Borders.