Visitors to Hartlepool Art Gallery will now not only be able to admire the art on show – they’ll be able to buy some of it too!
The apse area at the back of the building – which was the former Christ Church – will now often be used to profile artists with a local connection whose work will also be for sale.
The first of these exhibitions is ‘From River To Coalfield’ from Saturday, April 1, to Sunday, May 28, showcasing the work of Hartlepool-born Steve Empson.
Born in 1953, Steve studied landscape architecture in Manchester and urban design in Oxford. He taught himself drawing and painting, and became a professional artist in 1984.
Steve has exhibited this work mainly around Oxfordshire and London, but over the last three years he has been regularly returning to his native North-East to build up a body of work based on the coastline from Whitby to Seaham, and around the estuary of the River Tees.
David Worthington, Hartlepool Council’s Head of Culture and Information, said: “Although the Art Gallery holds occasional exhibitions in which the works of art are for sale, its new ‘Apse’ area will make this a much more frequent occurrence.
“People will be able to discover exciting new talent and, if they see a piece they particularly like, they’ll be able to take it home with them for a very reasonable price.
“It’s a wonderful way to enjoy unique and original art and we could wish for no better way of launching the Apse than by hosting the first North-East exhibition of Steve Empson’s marvellous work.”
Hartlepool Art Gallery in Church Square is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.