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 27th 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 are looking forward to welcoming Ilona Rijkeboer, who will be travelling from the Netherlands to show with us. She is a recent graduate and she explores drawing and installation and aims to build a gallery space in which visitors will be invited to intervene and create. 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 and other events listed below are postponed this year due to COVID–19 restrictions. However, all events will be re-scheduled in 2021. The new OPEN STUDIO dates are 6th – 9th August 2021.

Think of visiting our neighbours too!

Running Concurrently;

Allanbank Arts – Annual Open Art Exhibition –

Gill Walton’s Open

We are linking with Marchmont House for this year’s OPEN STUDIO.

Book a ‘Maker’s Tour’ to see the sculpture at nearby Marchmont House (just 10 miles from us).

Join a tour with Charlie and Hugo (Director of Marchmont Farms Ltd) to see Charlie’s current sculpture projects, and be shown around the amazing sculpture collection including works by Stephen Cox, David Nash and Anthony Gormley.

Two tours are available connected with our OPEN STUDIO:

Saturday 8th August at 2.30pm


Tuesday 11th August at 10am

To be re-scheduled for 2021.

Tickets must be pre-booked using the link below:

Allanton, Nr Duns, TD11 3JX

Charlie & Pauline’s OPEN STUDIO
Friday 6th – Monday 9th August 2021, 11am-6pm.


Friday 6th to Monday 9th August 2021
11am-6pm each day


Pauline Burbidge (Textiles)

Charlie Poulsen (Sculpture & Drawing)


Ilona Rijkeboer (Drawing and Installation)

For more details on the individual artists, click on their website link.


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

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