WHAT do we truly value in our lives?
A new exhibition, Simple Pleasures, which is running at Arts Centre Washington until March 16, asks just that.
Featuring a host of work by different artists, the display celebrates the pleasure that art, craft and design bring to everyday life.
It asks whether, in our overly busy lives, we really set enough time aside and step back to appreciate the visual beauty surrounding us in both the natural world and the world we have designed and created?
It features the work of regional and nationally acclaimed artist including Vanessa Foley, Jane Sutcliffe, Joanne Elliott, Judy Thomas, Donna Cheshire, Louise Bradley, Lindsey Grieves, Adrian Moule, Waseem Aslam, Jacqueline Quinn, Paul Belcher, Patrick Shannon, Gordon Sharp, popgrafik, Brenda Watson, Emily Wells, Julie Macbean, Phillipa Whiteside and Dean Turnbull.
Matthew Blyth, audience development officer at Arts Centre Washington, said: “We put a call out to artists to submit work that conveys their individual definition of ‘Simple Pleasure’ and we were overwhelmed by the response.
“A wide variety of work was selected to make up the exhibition including paintings, pen and ink drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, installation and more, there really is something for everyone.
“I think the theme of the exhibition will really strike a chord with visitors as it draws attention to the little joys in life and asks us ‘are we really grateful for them?’
“We would like to say a massive thanks to Susannah Aynsley who curated the exhibition and with the help of Duncan Allan painted the exhibition title board in the style of a 1930’s railway poster.”
* For more information about Simple Pleasures and opening times visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or Tel. 219 3455.