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Open exhibitions provide an ideal way for emerging artists to get their foot in the door at galleries, as well as an opportunity to sell their work; plus, they give us mere mortals a chance to see brand new work and engage with artists from our region.

Newcastle gallery Gallagher & Turner are currently in the midst of their regular Open Exhibition, which runs until Saturday 21st January, and features 62 artists presenting over 80 pieces of work. Previous events have shone a spotlight on prestigious North Eastern creatives, and competition to be included can be fierce (over 360 entries were sifted through this year). “It’s a real eye-opener to some of the hidden talent we have in the North East,” gallery co-founder Clare Turner explains. “We are looking for work that brings us joy. And we feel we’ve got that in bucket loads this year!”

A key part of the exhibition process is the opportunity to spark new relationships and strengthen existing ones. The exhibition will see the return of work by Johnnyx, whose playful prints and paintings have become popular at the gallery. Also joining the exhibition will be recognised practitioners like landscape artist Jill Campbell, the mildly surreal work of Gavin Watson and abstract artist and musician Richard Scott. Newer names on the scene include recent Sunderland University MA graduate Linda Candler and Middlesbrough-based painter and illustrator Errol Theunissen.

Everything from drawing, collage and painting to print, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and jewellery will be on display, with all works available to buy.

Gallagher & Turner’s Open Exhibition runs until Saturday 21st January.


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