Off Bridge Street
Between 1958 and 1971, the writer Ruth Borchard (1910 – 2000) collected one hundred self-portraits by British and British-based artists.
With astonishing bravado, Ruth set herself a ceiling of 21 guineas for the picture, irrespective of the artist’s fame, and generally succeeded.
Among the young artists spotted by Ruth early in their careers were Mario Dubsky, Peter Phillips and Patrick Procktor, along with Anthony Eyton, Anthony Green and Ken Howard. As her collection and her confidence grew she approached artists at the height of their careers such as Michael Ayrton, Roger Hilton Keith Vaughn and Euan Uglow whose portraits can all be seen in this exhibition.
Apart from drawing attention to an extraordinary number of almost unknown paintings and drawings, this collection evokes the atmosphere of the London art world shortly after the Festival of Britain and, as such, represents a remarkable historical archive.
A University Gallery Touring exhibition.
|The Ruth Borchard Collection of Self-Portraits takes place at...|
|Dewar's Lane Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Museums and galleries)|
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|The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.|