AN EXHIBITION underway at Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum is showcasing work created by a diverse collection of artists.
In a gallery adjacent to the acclaimed Pitmen Painters, the work by artists with mental health issues, disability or social deprivation is part of an initiative by arts agency Outside In.
Eight of the artists selected come from North Tyneside Art Studio (NTAS), which supports adults with mental health or addiction problems.
June Willits whose paintings comment on the decline of the fishing industry, said: “Being familiar with The Pitmen Painters for over 20 years, I deem it an honour to have been selected to have work in the same gallery as them.
“Art is for everyone, yet so few get the opportunity.”
Albert C, whose paintings delve into his experiences as a fisherman, said: “I didn’t think my kind of art would be appreciated or be of interest to other people.
“I feel good about being selected, it has boosted my self-belief and I can now laugh about my difficulty in spelling words.”
NTAS artist co-ordinator Steve Twidle said: “The studio is buzzing, aside the eight artists selected we have another 16 artists’ work on display by video loop in the gallery.
“Well done to all the artists involved, the high standard of work submitted throughout the north east and North Yorkshire regions would have made it a hugely difficult selection process for the Outside In team.”
The exhibition runs until June 30.