Situated near Dalkeith, to the south of Edinburgh, the historic building was founded as a Cistercian Monastery in 1140 by King David I, and what is now Newbattle Abbey College became the Kerr family home in the 16th century, before becoming an adult residential college in 1937. The army requisitioned Newbattle during World War 2, and it opened its doors as a college again in 1950. It has retained many of the original features including the vaulted crypt and the breathtaking Drawing Room. Newbattle Abbey College is off Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3LL. There is plenty of parking. Open 10:30am - 4pm each day. There is an £3 entrance fee (£2 Concession).
3d2d’s Edinburgh Christmas Art, Craft and Design Fair returns to the glorious surrounds of the Assembly Rooms in 2023. The Assembly Rooms are situated on George Street, in the heart of Edinburgh’s City Centre. Carefully refurbished with stunning chandeliers and period features, the Assembly Rooms play host to 120 of Britain’ finest Artists, Designers and Makers, all only selling their own work. Bag checks may be undertaken by the venue. The Assembly Rooms are easily accessible by bus, tram or train to nearby stations. The Christmas Fair is open from 10:30 - 5:00 each day. There is a £4 admission charge (£3 Concession).
3d2d’s Glasgow Christmas Fair returns in the last weekend of November 2022, but in a new venue! We’re making the move to The Briggait. This beautiful Grade A listed building in Glasgow’s medieval quarter was constructed in 1873 as a fishmarket, and operated as a market for over 100 years. It now houses WASPS Studios as well as art and cultural events throughout the year. Shop 60+ Artists, Designers and Makers, who only sell their own work. The Briggait is at 141 Bridgegate Glasgow, G1 5HZ and is easy to find. Open 10:30 - 5:00 each day. There is an £3 entrance fee (£2 Concession).
I will be joining other Northern & Borders artists & makers at this inaugural art & craft fair in the Pele Tower. The village of Cresswell, a popular tourist destination, sits at the southern end of the magnificent Druridge Bay in Northumberland. The impressive sandstone tower dominates the little village. Pele towers were built between 1350 and 1600 and were miniature castles built as a defensible retreat against attacks from the Border Reivers. At a time when the rest of England was generally peaceful and prosperous, the border folk needed the thick-walled bastle houses and pele towers simply to survive. Cresswell Pele Tower is a well preserved example, one of only two in preservation and open to the public, thanks to recent excavations and an extensive renovation by Cresswell Pele Tower Trust.
Rain Hare is a booking of 8 short stories written by award winning Author Anna Barker and published by Iron Press. I illustrated the inside of the book with 8 monochrome images, one for each story. It was a pleasure to work with Anna on her latest book and I look forward to seeing my copy. Rain Hare is available to pre-order now.
A Creative Crafts Association event, this fair is being held inside Brockholes Nature Reserve, the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Beautiful setting for this indoor art and craft fair. Please note this nature reserve is a dog free zone, so do not bring your dog for the day (too hot to stay in the car!)