Celebrating work of former pupils

Ian Robinson working in his studio.
Ian Robinson working in his studio.
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Exhibitions are taking place to celebrate the work of three former pupils.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre is helping to celebrate the success of ex-Hirst High School students, which closed in 2009.

Former pupils have spread their wings around the world, with some going on to create national and international recognition with their artistic and writing skills.

Now the centre is showcasing the work of three ex-pupils who have followed their dreams from being teenagers.

Ian Robinson, of Newbiggin, is now an artist living in London who exhibits in national galleries. His ‘photorealistic portraits’ of objects began when he was still at college and he started to paint pictures of his own record collection.

Prints of Ian’s work are on display throughout October in the Breakwater Café, from 10am to 5pm.

Iain Bolton has become a successful businessman and cyclist since leaving school but now spends some time at his studio in Newbiggin producing paintings inspired by being close to the sea.

Iain maintains he paints for his own satisfaction but now has the opportunity to share them with the public in the Centre during November, with his exhibition open from 10am to 4pm.

Making music and writing have been the passions of Chris Ord since leaving Hirst. He has been part of the success of Newbiggin’s Jayess Brass Band and now has had his debut novel ‘Becoming’ published.

Chris said: “I got a surprise message from a school teacher saying he’d bought a copy of my book and was looking forward to reading it. It made my day.

“I love hearing from old teachers.”

Chris will be launching his book in the Mary Joicey Hall at Newbiggin Maritime Centre on Thursday, November 10, from 7pm to 8pm.