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Gradually, museums and galleries have taken a shift that I have admired: where once we were instructed ‘do not touch’ and ‘no photographs’, we are now actively encouraged to get right amongst it and become thoroughly involved.

An advocate of this is local artist and Manchester Fine Art graduate, Eleanor Brennan. Not requiring a lot of in-depth analysing or interrogation, she uses her textile creations to be an expression of herself and her memories. Eleanor is presenting her debut show, Fingers, Thumbs And The Spaces Inbetween at Eston Arts Centre in Middlesbrough to share her occurrences in lockdown. You’ll discover crochet work, including an honest rug showing a can of Stella in an algae pond. Brennan narrates: “Food and popular culture are two of my biggest starting points, with a lot of my inspiration coming from years working in hospitality, growing up in the North East and coming of age in the time of the internet meme culture. I hope the show will spark some interesting conversations about the North East, the food, the people and how we have all been affected by the state of the world at the moment.”

With six pieces in total, they own a sense of fun, with no airs or graces, delivering a sincere snapshot of reality that is raw and vibrant.

Fingers, Thumbs And The Spaces Inbetween is at Eston Arts Centre, Middlesbrough from Thursday 8th-Saturday 31st October

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