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Dear Supporters,

We've been hearing reports of positive activity at the Klein Studio. We have learned a meeting took place on site the morning our Times article was released between the owner, Scottish Borders Council and the owner’s original architect on the project, Gordon Duffy, to both of whom the owner confirmed that work is due to begin in June. Preserving Womersley's James Colledge spoke to the architects involved last week, Gordon Duffy and Rebecca Wober, who have been keeping the Womersley legacy in public and professional sight for twenty years. James was told the roof is to be made good, the building will be dried out and the intention is to continue with the original conversion plan.

We are delighted to hear after so long, work will be re-commencing on the Studio. We'll be keeping an eye on developments as they progress and updates will be issued in due course.
Music video filmed at Klein Studio
Talking to the website The Quietus, Modern Studies will release their second album Welcome Strangers on 18 May via Fire Records. They have made a beautiful video to accompany their new single 'Disco' filmed on location during the winter at the Klein Studio.

You can watch the clip above, which sets the band's lush and organic pop against visuals that use animation to subtly manipulate meditative live action.

The band's vocalist, organist, pianist and double bassist Emily Scott explains: "'Disco' was filmed by Mario Cruzado, using the iconic Bernat Klein studio building in Selkirk designed by Peter Womersley. Later, animation was added by Cameron Duguid, playing with elements found in the studio’s late Modernist architecture and its decaying carapace.

"The building is in decline, with rust and lime-soaked puddles, algae and mould, warped windows and fallen leaves. Everything appears in stark contrast because of the the snow, which serves to highlight the play of horizontal and vertical lines, the occasional shock of unnatural colour, and the deteriorating surfaces in glass, wood-grained concrete, steel and brick. The film acts as a romantic homage to this beautiful building, where the architecture is the main character, with a glimpse of the band as they shift round it, barely there, as shadows or ghosts."
We hope you find this update interesting and we hope to be in touch with more positive news soon!

Chris, James & Michael
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