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You may not have considered Gateshead to be an art-lovers mecca, but the town has a surprising amount of public art; from the famous Angel of the North to the rather wacky sculptures nestled amongst parkland on Gateshead Quays, there’s a rich seam of interesting and unusual work lurking around many corners.

A new exhibition at The Gallery in Gateshead Central Library aims to celebrate not just the art of the town, but the people who create it, thanks to a collaborative exhibition featuring some of Gateshead’s unsung heroes. Stand-up comic and writer Kate Fox and musician and artist Tommy Anderson have teamed up with a group of Gateshead residents to produce a range of artwork that tells the stories of ordinary people, and in the process, create extraordinary art.

Tommy’s typography, graphic design and collage artworks are inspired by the thoughts and words Kate helped to tease out of the participants. Rev. Jim Craig explains his involvement: “The photographs I took were almost all taken on the top end of Gateshead High Street, a place not known for its beauty! In conversation with Kate I realised that I was being drawn to photograph the rust and ruin of the High Street not because of its ugliness but because of its beauty. The photos I captured reminded me of my own life, of a rich seam of treasure hidden deep under the rubble of tiredness and exhaustion.”

A truly collaborative experience, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue is a vibrant and sneaky peek into the private worlds of Gateshead’s residents.

Annie, Eric, Helen, Jim, Molly, Tommy is at The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library until Saturday 11th July.

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