Olympics in the alleys art attack

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PART of Blyth is set to come under an art attack this summer by a back street project.

Four years since ‘the Art Attack Man’ last attacked art on his BAFTA award winning TV show Art Attack, the ultimate mischief maker in the world of art is at it again this time creating sporting mischief in Blyth.

Frameworks on Bridge Street will be home to a new collection of limited edition fine art entitled Neil Buchanan’s Back Street Games, which will be in the gallery and gift shop throughout the summer.

Angela Cosimini, the owner of the store, has paid her own tribute to the cheeky and irreverent new art collection by creating a Back Street Alley in the shop window.

Neil Buchanan’s Back Street Games depicts the alternative games played out in the ‘athlete’s alleys’ across Northumberland and the UK as his Naughty Sporties take part in the smallest sporting event of the year.

Neil said: “I’m celebrating smallness and the littlest victories around the whole of little Britain.

“This is what really goes on in the alternative little ‘lympics in the alleys, the parks and the gardens of the nation, long after the final race has been won at the biggest sporting event of the year.

“So if you’re anything like me and have thought ‘Oh no not another bloomin’ souvenir’, the Back Street Games is the ultimate antidote to souvenirs, this is 100 per cent not the Olympics.

“This is smallness on a big scale.”

In Neil Buchanan’s Back Street Games, every event is turned upside down yet every painting is a winner as the lively Liverpudlian packs each picture with gags and humour. Wooden crates are transformed into the winning podium, dustbins morph into hurdles, a battered fence changes into the high jump and a bit of old string transforms into the hallowed finishing line.

The five-strong collection of signed limited edition art has been cheekily christened by the ‘Art Attack Man’ and include: Didn’t Wanna Win Anyway, The High Jump Bunk, The Mad Dash, The Hurtles and On Your Marks, Get Set ... Cheat.

Neil added: “Art should be accessible to everybody, not just a bunch of art historians in art galleries, that’s why my invitation to the millions of viewers each week on Art Attack was try it yourself.

“My Back Street Games is bringing art back to street level, or even gutter level. Just mind you don’t trip up in the puddles and slip on the banana skins.”

Every artwork is personally signed by Neil Buchanan, has a low edition size of 95 (worldwide) and is presented as canvas on board.

Call Frameworks on (01670) 355 304, email frameworksblyth@gmail.com or visit www.frameworksblyth.co.uk