Art Appreciation Weekends Selkirk Arms Hotel 2020

November 6-8th

The Selkirk art appreciation weekends are designed to increase your enjoyment of art in a relaxed and informal setting. There is time during the illustrated talks for questions and discussion.

Sheila Fell 1931–1979   Sheila Fell was born and grew up in Aspatria, Cumberland. Studying painting at St Martin’s School of Art 1949-1951 London became her home, however her spiritual home and the source of her work were the hills and fells of her birthplace. Her father was a coalminer and her mother a seamstress. L.S.Lowry was a mentor and accompanied her on painting trips when she was at home in Cumberland. She painted with a passionate energy and commitment. Landscape for her wasn’t pretty scenery; it was a place of toil, of mystery and profound beauty.

“Aigle Ghyll”  oil on canvass   Sheila Fell

“Aigle Ghyll” oil on canvass Sheila Fell

Josef Herman 1911–2000  Josef Herman was a Jewish Polish refugee; fleeing anti-Semitism he arrived in Britain at the beginning of World War 11. From 1944 for eleven years he lived in a Ystradgynlais, a mining community in South Wales. Arguably his best work stemmed from this period. The style of his drawings – he was an accomplished graphic artist, and his paintings reflects the ruggedness and quiet heroism of their subjects. 

John Bellany 1942–2013  John Bellany was born into the strongly Calvinist fishing community of Port Seton, East Lothian. He fought against the prevailing conservatism of Scottish painting firstly as a student in Edinburgh and then as a post-graduate student in London. Initially his subject matter was his family and community and their lives as boat builders and fishermen. His work, influenced by German Expressionism is powerfully expressive. As his career progressed he adopted a more colourful palette and evolved a highly personal form of symbolism, searching for original and urgent ways to express and celebrate his understanding and experience of an at times turbulent life.    



Arrive in your own time on Friday afternoon

6pm  Meet your hosts and lecturer Jeremy Carlisle for pre-dinner drinks and canapés at in the Burns Room.

6.30pm  Illustrated introductory talk to the weekend

7.30pm  3 course dinner


7.15am – 9.15am  Breakfast in your own time

9.30am  Illustrated talk

11.00am  Coffee & shortbread in Bistro area

11.30am  Illustrated talk

1.00pm  Soup and sandwich lunch Free time to explore Kirkcudbright’s galleries, shops etc.

6.30pm Meet for pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the Burns Room

7.00pm  Illustrated talk

8.00pm  3 course dinner


 8.15am – 9.15am  Breakfast in your own time

9.30am  Illustrated talk

11.00am  Coffee & shortbread in the Bistro

11.30am  Illustrated talk

1.00pm   Soup and sandwich lunch Goodbyes and  departures



Price £259.00 per person, includes dinner, bed and breakfast, welcome drink and canapes, coffee breaks, soup and sandwich lunches.

Call Selkirk Arms directly on 01557 330402 to book