Art exhibition showcases regional talent

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ARTISTS with links to the University of Sunderland are staging a display as they join in a regional showcase of the North East’s creative talents.

Assign, which is made up of former students and staff from the university, has presented work inspired by a host of themes as part of the Festival of the North East.

The exhibition is the first time outside artists have been given the opportunity to show work at the Quaker Meeting House in Roker.

Joyce McCallum, a member of the group, said: “The Quaker House exhibition has highlighted the diversity of the group.

“The showrooms, with their magnificent views of Roker Park, are a perfect foil for the vibrancy of colour and shape in the artists’ work.”

Others involved in the display are Dick Rainer, a former lecturer in fine art at the university, Decia Morris, Tony Redman, Laura Conlon, Pat Thirtle, Mark Murphy, Bruce Burn, Vanessa Carr, Angela Rogerson, Fred Fowler, Alex Surtees, Cathy Dunca and Bill Harris, who also curated the show.

Themes include the relationship between men and women, Daoist philosophy, religious iconography and pharmacology. The group has previously shown work based on the Olympics, the River Wear and Charles Darwin.

The group has thanked Sunderland City Council and its deputy mayor and mayoress, who attended the preview event of its latest show, the Community Chest and Councillor Julia Jackson as well as the Society of Friends for their support in helping make the show become a reality.

The show’s final day is Friday, with the display open from 10am to 3pm daily.




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