New inspiration for art group

New members of  East Durham Artists Network EDAN in their gallery in Seaham. Left to right; Alex McArthur, John Hall, Wayne Badresingh, Elaine Nicholson, Kay Robson, and Tom Bailey.
New members of East Durham Artists Network EDAN in their gallery in Seaham. Left to right; Alex McArthur, John Hall, Wayne Badresingh, Elaine Nicholson, Kay Robson, and Tom Bailey.
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AN art group is full of fresh ideas after welcoming a host of new members through its doors.

A group of recently recruited artists are helping to breathe new life into Edan (East Durham Art Network.

The new recruits have brought with them a host of new artistic skills, which they are preparing to showcase to the public at their debut exhibition next month.

Jean Lowes, co-chairman of Edan, said: “We’ve seen quite a few new members join us recently

“We had a meeting the other day and thought it would be a good idea for them to come together to show their work and talk about it themselves to help consolidate them into the group.

“We also thought it would be a good idea for them to display their work together for the first time, which we will be doing in March.”

She added: “They are all very much looking forward to displaying their work, which we hope will be seen by many.”

Student Matthew Turnbull, who is studying for his A-levels, impressed members with his painting skills when he produced a giant self-portrait.

Jean said: “For a young person to do something like this is incredible. He really is an amazing artist.”

Other new artists include John Hall who specialises in creating 3D art and kinetic sculptures, glass artist Helen Stafford and Melanie Hani who produces digital collages.

Jean added: “We’ve got a good mixture of 2D and 3D art and all of the new members offer a unique style and add something different to the group.”

Edan will be moving out of their current home at The Courtyard in Seaham but have secured a spot at a unit in Dalton Park, where they will be holding the exhibition from March 20.

Edan is always on the lookout for new artists to join the network.

Anyone interested can find out more information by visiting www.edan.org.uk or emailing edan@edan.org.uk.

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