Welcome to Arts Society Borders. Our objective, through lectures and visits, is to broaden our knowledge and enjoyment of the decorative and visual arts.We were established in 1990 and have a programme of monthly lectures by distinguished visiting experts and special visits to places of interest often not open to members of the public. We welcome new members: please have a browse through the site to see what we have planned for the coming year.
Due to Coronavirus the April-June lectures have been cancelled. We hope to be back to normal as soon as possible.The 2020-21 Lecture Programme is now on the Lectures page.In MemoriamMajor-General ‘Gus’ Sinclair (born 21st July, 1928, died 17th May, 2020)George Sinclair, known as Gus, was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1948.An incident on the Falkland Islands in June 1982, following the Argentinian surrender is an example of how Sinclair never backed down from a decision if he felt he was right. Margaret Thatcher told Sinclair that the Sappers, under Sinclair’s command, should build a new airfield suitable for heavy Phantom air-defence fighter jets. The vast task would have disrupted the Sappers overall organisation and Sinclair refused. In January, 1983 Michael Heseltine replaced John Nott as defence minister and the policy of building a new airfield was reversed. Sinclair may not have earned the approval of Thatcher but he was esteemed by the occupation and reconstruction force on the Falkland Islands as “that Sapper Brigadier who solves problems and gets things done”.In retirement Gus and his wife, Margaret, lived in St. Boswells. They were both popular members of The Arts Society, Borders and Gus, a committee member for many years, operated the projector.