Music in art exhibition at Sunderland Split Festival

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ART inspired by music will be showcased as part of this year’s Split Festival.

For the first time, the annual music extravaganza will incorporate an exhibition of local art.

The striking photographs and designs capture moments from some of the region’s top musicians, past and present.

It will open at Creative Cohesion in Sunniside on September 15 and 16 before it transfers to Asbrooke Sports Ground for the duration of Split Festival the following weekend.

Organiser Emma Howe said: “We have worked hard alongside Anne Tye of Sunderland City Council to add another event to the Split fold and represent a group of creatives in the North East who excel in capturing the wealth of local talent we have in the region.

“This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase a number of talented photographers an designers such as Ian West, Paul Swinney, Dee Chaneva and many more who work tirelessly and a lot of the time for free, to capture moments that are memorable and important to the history of music in the North East.”

Photographers and artists including Ian West, Idene Roozbayani, Paul Burgess, David Wala, Caroline Briggs and Dee Chaneva will all be showing their work.

The work exhibited will include live photos and portraits of some of the area’s top acts as well as original artwork from some of the defining records to come out of the region.

From Field Music, The Futureheads, and Frankie and the Heartstrings, to young guns such as Natasha Haws, The Lake Poets and B>E>A>K, the display promises to be a stunning visual showcase of the history of Sunderland’s music scene.

Next Saturday also sees the Split Parade taking place along Holmeside, a musical feast in which artists will parade their sound along the street.

•The Split exhibition will open at Creative Cohesion on Saturday at 2pm, with a special performance from Amy Holford. The exhibition will again be open on Sunday from 2pm before transferring to Ashbrooke Cricket Club.

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