Hartlepool’s sporting heroes celebrated in ‘Inspire’ exhibition

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THE achievements of local athletes will be celebrated in a remarkable new exhibition in Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Called ‘Inspire’, it will run from Saturday until March 14 and aims to pass on the athletes’ passion, dedication and love of sport through sculpture and photography and to inspire more of Hartlepool’s residents to take part in physical activity.

The exhibition will showcase the work of Michelle Castles, an artist renowned for her dynamic full-sized mesh sculptures of the human form, especially at its most youthful, athletic and powerful.

Complementing this will be a striking series of images by award-winning Hartlepool photographer Lucinda Grange, who has worked with a number of local male athletes of all ages and abilities to produce pictures for the exhibition.

Organised by Hartlepool Council, ‘Inspire’ aims to build on the momentum of the London Olympics, the Paralympics and the 2012 ‘Inspire’ women’s exhibition at the gallery.

Although the images and sculpture in the exhibition will be of male athletes, there will be one notable exception – a sculpture of Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall, which has been commissioned by Hartlepool Council from Michelle Castles.

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm and entry is free. For more information call (01429) 869706.