Pop-up art gallery in shopping centre

Angela Sandwith and Barrie West from the East Durham Artists Network putting the finishing touches to an exhibition of work at Dalton Park.
Angela Sandwith and Barrie West from the East Durham Artists Network putting the finishing touches to an exhibition of work at Dalton Park.
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A DIFFERENT look at everyday objects is in store for shoppers as a pop-up gallery welcomes viewers.

Artists Barrie West and Angela Sandwith had to rethink their plans for their exhibition after the building they had planned to use failed to pass fire safety checks.

The members of East Durham Artists’ Network (Edan) turned to bosses at Dalton Park in Murton, which has previously hosted shows by the Seaham-based organisation, with an empty unit at the shopping centre now being used to host the work.

Hearts and Minds is part of the Festival of the North East and explores the philosophical, moral and historical influences that shape lives and make people what they are using two and three dimensional pieces which use natural or everyday objects.

Angela’s work looks at the tension between living in the past and the uncertainty of the future and features drawings, sculptures, textile techniques and recycled materials and says that she views her work as “confessional.” Barrie has used his paintings, prints and collection of objects he has found to look at the meaning of who people are and how experiences from the past can explain the present.

The Murton exhibition, which links in with the Festival of the North East along with three of Edan’s other displays on tour at St Michael and All Saints in Houghton, Sunderland Minster and St Andrew’s Church in Roker, is on show from Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 4pm until Saturday, July 6.

Edan is also preparing to show Shiftwork, which is a new interactive exhibition linked to its all-women writers’ group and draws on the area’s industrialisation and members’ lives and roles.

It will run until Wednesday for a week from its Art Block base in Church Street, Seaham.