Hartlepool artist is taking the world by storm

Stuart Langley gives Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise a close-up view of his wave installation, made of sea glass, that was part of the 2015 Durham Lumiere.
Stuart Langley gives Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise a close-up view of his wave installation, made of sea glass, that was part of the 2015 Durham Lumiere.

From Brussels to Singapore - a Hartlepool artist is taking the world by storm.

And now, Stuart Langley is hoping for more success after winning support from UK Steel Enterprise.

Stuart Langleys VHS R.I.P installation.

Stuart Langleys VHS R.I.P installation.

His creative works include Robin Reliant cars with stained glass windows, a neon crucifix and a giant nine foot wave made from sea glass.

Stuart gave up his job as director of a design agency to concentrate full-time on the growing number of commissions for his artworks.

UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary, stepped in with a £2,500 loan.

Stuart said: “Until now I’ve been using my car for small works and hiring or borrowing vans, but I desperately needed my own van.”

I hope my work surprises and inspires people as I’m fascinated by the way light and colour can transform objects and material that are ordinary and forgotten

Stuart Langley

He works with light and colour, making use of waste materials to create sculptural artworks and installations.

Help with the fabrication of many of his works has come from Andrew Middleton at MIDS Auto Services in Marske.

Stuart’s work appeared at last year’s Durham Lumiere festival and featured on BBC’s The One Show.

Now, three neon artworks funded by the Arts Council are being exhibited nationally; another installation formed part of the Download Music Festival, and some exciting commissions are in the pipeline

Stuart, originally from Darlington, said: “I hope my work surprises and inspires people as I’m fascinated by the way light and colour can transform objects and material that are ordinary and forgotten.

“Hours of research and work can go into one installation, so it is great when you get a good response.

“I love the North East, especially Teesside, for its combination of industry and countryside and its hard-working people, who are determined to see their region succeed,” he added.

Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise said: “Our Regeneration Fund is part of our range of investment packages available to businesses in steel areas and can provide the relatively small amount of funding early-stage businesses need.

“We have seen a five-fold increase in the number of these loans allocated in the first few months of this year compared to 2015, which shows that more people are choosing self employment as the area fights back.”