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‘The Northern Art Gala’, is a five-venue exhibition showcasing artworks and installations by 65 of The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers. The works on display are from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers and focus on the theme of Souvenir, with artists reflecting on memories and the meanings and stories behind them.

The professional artists and designers being featured include award-winning photographer Debbie Todd, whose work The Meaning of Being Different was featured on the BBC; LR Marshall, who illustrated the cover for The Nostalgia Project Vol 1: Millennium Gothic by Dorian Bridges; Studio Yip; graphic designer Nathan Wilson, whose work was highly commended in the prestigious Creative Conscious Awards 2022; and still-life and food photographer Kim Bainbridge, winner of the 2022 Student Food Photographer of the Year in the acclaimed Pink Lady food photography awards. 

The first exhibition (Souvenir – Part 1) takes place at Preston Park Museum in Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, TS18 3RH from 17 January until 15 March 2023 with an exhibition of illustration works by postgraduate illustration and graphic design professionals. 

The second exhibition (Souvenir – Part 2) takes place at Pineapple Black arts space in Middlesbrough from 20 January to 10 February 2023. Postgraduate illustration, photography, fine art, graphic design, costume, fine art and textile professionals will be exhibiting alongside some of The Northern School of Art’s alumni and professional artists in a mixed media showcase. 

Three subsequent exhibitions will then take place between January and March at Hartlepool Art Gallery (28th January – 25th March), ARC Stockton Arts Centre (8th February – 18th March) and Hartlepool Museum (18th February – 25th March). 

The Northern School of Art’s Visual Arts Faculty leader and Senior Lecturer for the MA provision, Olivia Burton, adds: “The Northern Art Gala is a professional showcase of the talent and success of our MA provision and postgraduate artists and designers. We are delighted to work in conjunction with many prestigious galleries across the Tees Valley showcasing an interdisciplinary exhibition. We have something very exciting in store, and we invite you to celebrate the talent of our region.”




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