Welcome to my new web site! Thanks for visiting.
It’s been a while since Bertram Arts has been active. Life took an unexpected turn which led to Bertram Arts going on hold. But that has not been a bad thing as I have continued to support artists throughout this time as well as making new discoveries. Consequently, I have a new catalogue of art to offer.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
The source of my distraction has been the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust* which I have chaired since 2005. I have been particularly closely involved in its direction since 2011 when plans were under way to celebrate the artist’s centenary in 2012. There were 10 exhibitions in 15 venues seen throughout the UK! Late that same year the decision was taken to sell the Trust’s St Andrews centre (Balmungo House which the artist inherited in 1960) and move the Trust to Edinburgh. The house sold remarkably quickly i but the real challenge was to find a suitable new home quickly. This took three years to accomplish! As the Trust had no employees, I undertook the running of the Trust’s day to day affairs, a commitment that was all-consuming and left me no time to operate my own business.
Bertram Arts is back!
In July 2017 the Trust opened a new home in Edinburgh. Now with staff, everything is running as it should and I am free once again to pursue my own interests and re-invigorate Bertram Arts. This web site is the first start. The new look site contains three sections – the Gallery which can be explored by artwork or artist; Focus Feature temporary exhibition pages; and Articles which provides news and opinion. Content will be regularly updated.
* The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust was established in 1987 by the St Andrews/St Ives artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004). The Trust aims to promote and broaden the understanding and reputation of her work as one of Britain’s most significant 20th century artists through exhibitions and publications. Additionally, the Trust actively supports individuals to fulfil their potential in the visual arts by providing financial support in education and funding artists’ residencies. Details at https://www.barns-grahamtrust.org.uk/
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham ‘Variation on a Theme: Splintered Ice No.2’ 1987 oil on canvas 91.5 x 122 cm