Art exhibition a walk on the wild side

East Durham Artists Network members Dawn Routledge, Bill Harris , Angela Sandwith and Victoria Leeks launch the shoe exhibition at the Courtyard Gallery in Seaham.

East Durham Artists Network members Dawn Routledge, Bill Harris , Angela Sandwith and Victoria Leeks launch the shoe exhibition at the Courtyard Gallery in Seaham.

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ARTISTS have put their best foot forward with a new exhibition about shoes.

East Durham Artists’ Network (Edan) is hosting the month-long display in its Courtyard Gallery in Seaham.

Items in Footfall include a pair of glass wellies, made by one woman after her grandson grew out of the boots and created to symbolise the loss of innocence, and shoes that look like those used to bind the feet of Chinese children to keep them small.

A pair of heels worn to a college ball feature, as well as a piece by an artist in Seaham’s German twin town of Gerlingen.

Member Angela Sandwith, who lives in Dalton-le-Dale and lectures at Sunderland University, said: “This is a really eclectic, mixed-media show exploring footwear’s diversity.”

There will be a workshop for children at the Edan Dalton Park gallery over the Easter holiday

A pair of decorated shoes by Angela’s friend Eleanor Fielder, a Brighton artist who died of cancer last year aged 80, also appear in the selection.

It is hoped visitors will bring along old shoes to add to an installation based on the images captured following the liberation of World War Two concentration camps, where piles of footwear belonging to the dead were found in the aftermath.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until May 7.