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Image: Ugly bird, 2021, white earthenware clay,18cm tall by Julia Roxburgh

With the aim of showcasing the abundance of cultural talent in the North East, Gallagher & Turner’s second open exhibition will run at their Newcastle gallery until Saturday 22nd January.

The exhibition is the result of an open call out for submissions, as gallery manager Jenny McNamara explains: “We welcomed submissions from artists in the North East working in most two-dimensional media (painting, mixed media, collage, textiles, printmaking and drawing), jewellery, as well as small sculpture, ceramics and glass. We encouraged applications from all backgrounds and communities, and are keen to produce an exhibition that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We value the positive impact that differences have on our organisation.”

The gallery were inundated with responses, and the exhibition will feature work by over 50 local artists across a vast range of practices, with familiar names like Narbi Price, Deborah Snell and Janet E Davis rubbing alongside emerging artists. Jenny’s interest was piqued in particular by Errol Theunissen’s vibrant painting, Brenda Watson’s investigation of colour, and the surreal qualities of ceramic artist Julia Roxburgh.

Jenny explains that the gallery are passionate about supporting and developing work by local artists: “There is a vibrant art community in the North East and the North in general. This is a great place for excellent creative work to happen by a massive range of diverse artists and something I feel strongly about and will continue to advocate for.”

Gallagher & Turner’s Open Exhibition takes place at the Newcastle gallery until Saturday 22nd January

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