The Restless Wave reflects the mystery, poetry and passion that was at the core of the inner life John and Helen shared.
Strong emotion in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia this afternoon as Helen Bellany presented her book, The restless wave – My two lives with John Bellany. Hamish Moore who had just finished the week long Barga School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance 2018 organised by Càirdeas nam Pìobairean (Hamish Moore’s organisation, The Fellowship of Pipers) […]
John Bellany was one of the most influential Scottish painters since the war, and had re-established a native, figurative art at a time when Modernism and abstraction seemed invincible. He died in 2017
This afternoon in Barga, a year to the day after John Bellany passed away, his widow, Helen held a remembrance event in the city which very neatly kept the same interests and emotions which drew John to this area at its very core. No serious speeches, flag waving or heavy thoughts but instead an afternoon […]
John Bellany 1942 – 2013
The mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini, the mayor of Molazzana Rino Simonetti, il senatore Andrea Marcucci, ex mayor of Barga , Umberto Sereni and Helen Bellany all spoke this weekend as a plaque to commemorate the gallery used by John Bellany in Piazza Anglio was unveiled. Speeches by the mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini, the mayor […]
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In 2016 the week-long School in Barga, the ‘most Scottish town in Italy’, brought together students from across Europe and North America to learn Scottish music and dance, with tutors from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Barga artist Keane, founder and editor of barganews.com, documented the week in a series of photographs. On 20th June […]
La preziosa collezione privata arricchisce le stanze dell’Acchiappasogni Art Boutique Hotel di Barga
Fabio Maestrelli has been a regular visitor to Barga in recent years including a stunning exhibition of his work in the Gallery Comunale back in 2015 (article here) .. this weekend he was back in the city, this time in the Art Boutique Hotel Acchiappasogni in Barga Vecchia for the unveiling of a sculpture, Traccia Mnestica commissioned […]
Two tracks on the album feature the playing of the piper and pipemaker Hamish Moore, who was artist-in-residence in Barga in 2008 and has visited the city many times since. It was in Barga that Hamish got to know Bellany, who had a house there and painted and exhibited in the town. It was during his time as musician-in-residence, when he could often be heard playing in the unofficial cultural centre of Aristo’s, that Hamish organised a concert in the town’s 17th-century theatre, combining local singers with visiting performers from Scotland.
THE BELLS of Barga’s duomo are echoed by the pipes on a new CD celebrating the life and work of the internationally renowned Scottish painter John Bellany, who spent much time living and working in the city. A Tribute in Music and Song to John Bellany is a compilation album released in October by the Scottish folk label Greentrax, […]
A new CD has just been released in honour of Port Seton artist John Bellany. The compilation has been brought together by East Lothian studio Greentrtax Recordings and many of the tracks were chosen by the late artist’s wife Helen and family members.
The late John Bellany was born and brought up in Port Seton, East Lothian, Scotland, and went on to become an artist of international renown. His father was a boat builder in Port Seton and many of John’s paintings reflect his connection with fishing and the sea. John also had a great love of music […]
30 minutes spent with Helen Bellany sitting in a piazza in Barga Vecchia just a couple of days before the large retrospective series of exhibitions of work from her late husband , the painter John Bellany
listen to ‘Helen Bellany talking in Barga about her late husband John Bellany ’ on Audioboo Image by Caterina Salvi and on show in Barga at her exhibition in Barga Vecchia
The photographer Caterina Salvi and her images taken 12 years ago at John Bellany's studio in Fosciandora
In occasione della retrospettiva di John Bellany, per i prossimi mesi estivi, alla galleria comunale nel centro storico di Barga, in via di Borgo, l’associazione culturale Venti d’Arte in collaborazione con la storica dell’arte Riccarda Bernacchi promuove la mostra fotografica: A day with John Bellany della fotografa Caterina Salvi. La mostra inaugurerà il domenica (13 […]
From the 12th July to the 30th September
The John Bellany exhibition, or probably more accurately, the John Bellany exhibitions as there are actually four taking place simultaneously, opened in Barga this afternoon. An emotionally charged event as a year after John Bellany’s death, a large retrospective of his work in this area was opened to the public and which will remain open […]
The launch of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry took place in the Prestonpans Community Centre, Scotland this Saturday 31st May. It was attended by 200 invited guests many of whom wore national dress. The invited guests included stitchers and representatives of the 25 nations, from all five continents which were depicted in the tapestry. The opening speech […]
Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of one of Scotland's best known artists, John Bellany.
The cortege set off at 12:00 from Port Seton before stopping off at the main harbour on the way to St Giles Cathedral. The service began at 13:30. It was followed by a private burial, attended by close family only. Bellany died at age 71 in his studio in Italy, on 28 August. His family […]