The home and studios of artists Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen

main photographs: Phil Dickson, psd photography

Allanbank Mill Steading is situated in the special rural open landscape of the Scottish Borders. It is the home and studios of the artists, Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen. They have lovingly renovated this set of farm buildings, converting them from farm use to studios, for their art practice.

Pauline works with textiles, collage and stitch, making wall hangings and quilts. Charlie makes large scale drawings, sculpture and ‘growing sculpture’. Together they have created and developed a magical and unique environment of gardens, studios and home.


In the summer they hold a very special four day event called  ‘Charlie & Pauline’s OPEN STUDIO’; this will mark their 28th year! They turn their studios into galleries and display artwork throughout the Steading, and show a selection of their own work, together with the work of one guest artist.

This coming year we hope to invite some musicians to perform throughout each day, to be part of our special event.

Visitors arrive, they discover and explore the studios and garden, their smiles tell the story of a special day out – a chance to view the artworks and garden, and gain a personal view of the environment in which the artwork has been made.

Our OPEN STUDIO will be on this year from 5th-8th August 2022.

Pre-booking will be essential, and it will open on 1st June 2022 with Eventbrite –

Think of visiting our neighbours too!

Gill Walton’s Open

Pre-booking is essential, email


Friday 5th to Monday 8th August 2022
11am-6pm each day


Pauline Burbidge (Textiles)

Charlie Poulsen (Sculpture & Drawing)

For more details about our work please follow the links.


2021 – Ilona Rijkeboer, drawing and installation. The quartet of poets: Marina Dora Martino, Helena Fornells, Claire Miranda Roberts & Tara Fietz. Erica Just, watercolours.

2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019 – David Martin, Animator/Filmmaker

2018 – Dorothy Caldwell, Textile Artist

2017 – Colin Rose, Sculptor

2016 – Graham Murrell, Photographer

2015 – Lizzie Farey, Woven Constructions

2014 – Halima Cassell, Ceramicist


Allanbank Mill Steading is situated 8 miles inland from the A1 at Berwick-upon-Tweed with its train station.

By road we are 1 hour south of Edinburgh and 11/2 hours north of Newcastle.

If you require overnight accommodation or a meal, the Allanton Inn is a short walk from us, very recommendable and open all day!

Allanbank Mill Steading  Allanton  Duns  Berwickshire  TD11 3JX

E:   T: 01890 818073

Please email us, if you would like to join our open studio email list