Sunderland landmarks get fantasy setting in new exhibition

Here's some Sunderland landmarks as you've never seen them before.

Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 10:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 11:58 am

From swans gliding in front of Hylton Castle to Mowbray Park’s Walrus sat amongst a kaleidoscope of exotic blooms, Bethany Carr’s paintings transport well-known structures from her hometown to utopian settings.

The eye-catching landscapes were created as part of a final project, entitled Picturesque Sunderland, for the 21-year-old’s Masters degree in Fine Art at Sunderland University.

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The Houghton artist’s work even captured the imagination of curators at Creative Cohesion gallery and arts space in Sunniside who displayed the works for a two-night exhibition.

Bethany, who says she draws inspiration from artists such as Peter Doig, Thomas Kinkade and Walt Disney, said: “Sunderland gets a bad press sometimes so I wanted to make it more utopian and escapist.

“ I’ve given the landmarks an almost fairytale appearance, so that people can see the beauty in Sunderland.”

Speaking of the exhibition, Bethany said: “I approached a few places and was turned down, so I’m so grateful to Creative Cohesion. It was an amazing opportunity to exhibit my work and I hope that my exhibition encourages other aspiring artists like myself to come forward and share their art with the world.”