That’s life for new display

Malcolm Hare looking at the drawings.

Malcolm Hare looking at the drawings.

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A STUNNING collection of life drawings has gone on display after artists put themselves in the frame.

Ten members of the Artrium and the Oz Centre, in Hartlepool, created these impressive images, largely of nudes.

Some of the drawings

Some of the drawings

The artists bravely modelled for the pictures during sessions that take place in the Oz Centre, in Osborne Road, from 7pm-9pm on Tuesdays.

The collection is now on display in the Artefacts art space, next to Greggs upstairs in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Artrium’s volunteer co-ordinator and fundraiser Angela Swinbourne said: “We take turns in modelling, and get other people to come in and pose.
“I posed in a burlesque-style outfit, and thought it would be fun.

“There were some lovely pictures of me, I was really pleased.”

The life drawing sessions are open to everyone, with art tutor Denise Heanes on hand, a model, and materials provided.

The pictures have been created in a mixture of media, including charcoal, pastel, pencils and paint.

Pieces can be bought via negotiation and any profits made from sales or art sessions go directly to Artrium, an organisation which uses art to break down mental health barriers.

Denise said: “As a totally biased tutor, and observer, this is a magnificent collection of drawings and paintings.

“Some students are Artrium members and some are independent artists.

“Some students are extremely proficient artists and some are complete beginners.

“Every picture in the shop has its own magic.”

The course started on July 2 and was initially intended to run for 10 weeks, but sessions have proved so popular, they will be extended.

Classes are £5 in advance or £6 on the door or a block session of 10 can be booked for £45.

To find out more about the life classes, or the exhibition, call Angela on (01429) 867775 or search for Artrium Life Drawing group on Facebook.