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(Selected recent) EXHIBITIONS & BIOGRAPHY

DAVE WATSON

2017
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OPEN EXHIBITION, Edinburgh.
RED SHED NURSERY, Coldstream, Artist in Residence.

2016
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
THE SUTTON GALLERY, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. (FOLDYARD exhibition).
ALL AT SEA. Beltie Books, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway. (FOLDYARD exhibition).

2015
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street. As FOLDYARD, for the last 5 years we have curated an exhibition in our home and studios to include artists from out of the local region.
WISH YOU WERE HERE, The Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. A selection of sketchbooks exhibited as examples of the 'Artist on holiday'.
ALLANBANK ARTS OPEN EXHIBITION. Exhibition curation.
ROBSON GALLERY, Selkirk (solo exhibition).

2014
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER SHOW 2014.
TREVELYAN COLLEGE, Durham University. (FOLDYARD exhibition).
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street. As FOLDYARD, for the last 4 years we have curated an exhibition in our home and studios to include artists from out of the local region.
ALLANBANK ARTS OPEN EXHIBITION. Exhibition curation.
GALLERY 25, Berwick-upon-Tweed. (FOLDYARD exhibition).

2013
SELKIRK YES FESTIVAL. The Haining, Selkirk. Short residency prior to the Festival. Paintings of The Haining - interiors and grounds. Exhibition.

Participant in a film biography of the late artist Kirill Sokolov. A Russian artist of international standing who was a Durham resident. Filmed in conversation discussing his work with Morag Eaton and printing examples of his fine art prints.
For the last 30 years I have recorded Kirill’s work through photography. More recently as digital scans.

2011 - 14
Allanbank Arts. Tutor in watercolour and oil.
Exhibiting work in various venues in and around the Scottish Borders.

2009
‘LANDSCAPE OF THE HEART’, Brevon Gallery, Doncaster. (FOLDYARD exhibition).
SWINTON LOCK GALLERY, Swinton, Rotherham (solo exhibition).
DONCASTER OPEN, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery (awarded: second prize).
THORESBY GALLERY OPEN, Nottinghamshire (prize winner).
CB HIVE, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley (group exhibition).
FIELDGATE CENTRE, Fishlake, Doncaster (solo painting exhibition).

2006
Fieldgate Centre, Fishlake, Doncaster (solo photography exhibition).

2005
St James’, High Melton, Doncaster (solo photography exhibition).

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MORAG EATON

Exhibiting artist since 1980. I have also worked in commercial design - predominately corporate design - and as a lecturer in design subjects. I demonstrate and tutor in printmaking techniques.

2018
ANOTHER FIELD, The Queens Hall, Hexham. Farming diversity project. Arts Council England exhibition.

2017
ANOTHER FIELD, Trevelyan College, Durham University. Farming diversity project. Arts Council England exhibition.
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
ANOTHER FIELD, Christopher Boyd Gallery, Galashiels. Farming diversity project. Arts Council England exhibition.
ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OPEN EXHIBITION, Edinburgh.

2016
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
THE SUTTON GALLERY, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. (FOLDYARD exhibition).
ALL AT SEA. Beltie Books, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway. (FOLDYARD exhibition).

2015
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street. As FOLDYARD, for the last 5 years we have curated an exhibition in our home and studios to include artists from out of the local region.
Design and layout for a 97-page book reviving Wilson’s Tales of the Border volume 2.
THE RED HALL OR BERWICK 1296, Apples for Jam, Melrose. Exhibition and Artists Talk.
THE OPEN BOOK project, Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.
THE RED HALL OR BERWICK 1296, Beltie Books and Cafe, Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway. Exhibition and Artists Talk.

2014
ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OPEN EXHIBITION, Edinburgh.
TREVELYAN COLLEGE, Durham University. (FOLDYARD exhibition).
OPEN STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 32 Bridge Street. As FOLDYARD, for the last 4 years, we have curated an exhibition in our home and studios to include artists from out of the local region.
ALLANBANK ARTS OPEN EXHIBITION. Exhibition curation.
PEEBLES SUMMER SHOW, Tweeddale Museum & Gallery (group exhibition).
Design and layout for a 58-page book reviving Wilson’s Tales of the Border.
GALLERY 25, Berwick-upon-Tweed. FOLDYARD exhibition.
THE RED HALL OR BERWICK 1296 for The Wilson’s Tales Project (solo exhibition). A series of prints re-imagining the Border Tale. Exhibition and Artists Talk, The Old Gaol, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

2013
PRINGLE GALLERY, Old Gala House, Hawick (solo exhibition).
THE BACKSMITH'S WIFE OF YARROWFOOT. Selkirk YES Festival. The Haining, Selkirk. Commissioned series illustrating the Borders Tale. Exhibition and Artists Talk.
Participant in a film biography of the late artist Kirill Sokolov. A Russian artist of international standing who was a Durham resident. Filmed in conversation discussing his work with Dave Watson and printing examples of his fine art prints.

2012
BARBARA ON THE WALLS. Commission from Maltings Visual Arts, Berwick upon Tweed, to produce a piece of work in response to an piece in the Berwick Burrell Collection. Exhibition and Artists Talk,
The Granary Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed.

2012/3
Membership Secretary for Crossing Borders artists group.

2009
SMITH ART GALLERY, Brighouse, West Yorkshire (group exhibition).
GREAT NORTHERN ART SHOW, Ripon (open exhibition).
‘FLOURISH AWARD’, hosted by West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield, Huddersfield. (Awarded: Highly Commended).

2008
SMALL AND BEAUTIFUL, Batley Art Gallery, West Yorkshire (group exhibition).
LANDSCAPE OF THE HEART, Brevon Gallery, Doncaster. (FOLDYARD exhibition)


FOLDYARD

Foldyard has existed in one form or another for 35 years. It is the partnership between two artists Morag Eaton and Dave Watson. Morag, a printmaker, studied at Loughborough in the 1970s met Dave in 1981 at Charlotte Press in Newcastle upon Tyne. Morag was busy, amongst other things, making prints of the Yorkshire Ripper, The Stations of the Cross, printing the Newcastle Libraries’ ’Pease Collection’ of Thomas Bewick original wood blocks. Dave was a photographer promoting punk bands and in 1982 went to Derby University to study photography.

Between our early days in Derby and our time in Berwick we made a living from art-based businesses or employment from either design or photography. We both lectured in our subjects in the Derby Tertiary Colleges. Whilst living in South Yorkshire Dave had a heart attack and during the recovery started Foldyard as a full-time enterprise making fine art and this has been their way of life since 2007.

Foldyard now has an Open Studio event every year during the film festival and exhibits regulariy. Every year time is allotted to the curation of the Kirill Sokolov collection in Durham City.

Over the last ten years Morag has worked with paper-plate printing, a technique invented by the Chinese in the early 1980s. Similar to lino printing but with the paper-plate being much easier to cut using a scalpel to remove the negative space.
Since living in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Morag has illustrated the Borders tale The Blacksmith’s wife of Yarrowfoot. Which led on to producing Berwick 1296 or The Red Hall as part of Andrew Ayre’s Wilson Tales Project. The Blacksmith’s wife of Yarrowfoot is a fantastic horror tale of witches, witchcraft and brotherly love. The Red Hall a story with a Hollywood storyline of murder, marriage and sacrifice.
Morag has experimented with a technique of weaving inked Japanese paper to make tessellated pictures. Their journey into cubism and abstraction through colour and form create confusion so the work has depth in meaning and perspective.

Initially on arrival in Berwick, Dave worked with watercolours, understanding how all the greys were made. Finding his own way of using primary colours to defeat each other. With constant work he in the landscape became at home in the beautiful softly lit landscape of north Northumberland. Always experimenting with new ways of seeing and expression has led to works such as 'Hutton's Unconformity' or ‘All at Sea’ a series of 33 paper based works. This work in conjunction with Morag’s All at Sea formed the basis of our 2016 exhibition in the Sutton Gallery on Dundas Street in Edinburgh. With Morag’s work based on media reports of the refugees and Dave’s experiences of painting from a boat, the work in the exhibition had an unsteady, frightening feel that neither of us expected.

Framing.
For some pictures we frame using our own moulding which is hand-made from locally-sourced timber routed, primed, mitred, filled and 5 coats of Farrow and Ball paint. All our glazing uses only specialist glass, 'Low Reflection Specialist Multicoated Waterwhite glass' with good UV (70% protection), as used in museums, ‘Waterwhite’ this is our standard glass, a Latvian manufactured tint-free extra clear glass and ‘Conservation Clear’ a 99% UV protected glass for the more delicate mediums. Follow-up care includes harvest fly removal and future prevention and any running repairs you may need.

Prints.
All of our prints are hand-printed using either an intaglio or relief press onto handmade pure cotton printing paper or handmade Japanese printing paper. Our prints are sold in small limited editions. None of our painted or printed images are ‘giclee prints’ (everyday enthusiast photographer Epson prints with a posh French name). Our fine art photographic images are printed with Epson K inks on to Epson Archival matt paper and framed under Conservation Clear glass for a longer life.

Paintings
We have started making our own oil paints and the quality is astounding all the light colours are made with safflower oil which is famous for its clarity but very slow drying. Produces unbelievably clean colours that will stay clear of darkening. No cheap extenders/fillers are used, even though this can make the paints more difficult to handle, the clarity of colour being the most important aspect of our efforts.
We stretch fine canvas over handmade stretchers, these are archivally robust and hold a tight canvas which is a joy to work on.

Open Studios
Kirill Sokolov’s work is always exhibited at our OS.
We have shown the creative work of Chloë Smith, Jonathan Lloyd, Sam Cary, Peter Hallam, Micheal Dawson, Katie Ward, Niaill Campbell, Gill Walton, Dan and Meg Kenny, Benjamin Sadd, Katherine Elkin, Tower House Pottery, Brad Wood and Kevin Peden.

Openness/transparency
We have welcomed artists from all over the world to our home and share our work ethic and ideas and learn from their experiences. We are always open to people interested in understanding our work more clearly. Or people who just want to see the collection we have amassed over the years.

Exhibitions
We are always open to offers of showing our work. We expect a written contract with all the necessary details.

On Show
You can see a selection of our work at Audela on Bridge Street or at our home and studios at 32 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed . We enter work into the most worthwhile Open competitions and hope to see our friends there.

Dave Watson and Morag Eaton
2017

Invitation

We welcome visitors, please feel free to visit us in our studios.