A showcase of art created in shipyard

Empty Dry Dock by John Currie, one of the pieces in The Shipyard Painters exhibition.

Empty Dry Dock by John Currie, one of the pieces in The Shipyard Painters exhibition.

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An exhibition which draws on private and public collections to explore the works of art created by employees of the Tyne’s famous shipyards will open this summer.

The Shipyard Painters will open at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields on Friday and run until the middle of September.

The shipyards of the Tyne, such as Swan Hunter and Hawthorn Leslie, are renowned for the technical expertise involved in designing and building some of the world’s largest and most famous ships – including RMS Mauretania, HMS Newcastle, HMS Ark Royal, Atlantic Conveyor and Esso Northumbria.

What is less well known is that a wealth of original art was created in their leisure time by some of the artistically talented men and women who worked in the yards.

The exhibition will tell the story of some of those people who were employed in the Tyne shipyards and will showcase examples of the art that was produced by the platers, carpenters and draughtsmen and women.

The exhibition will bring together previously unseen original paintings, prints and sculpture.

The exhibition will be on during open hours with entry to the centre £2.