'Gadgie' painting sold to raise cash for Newcastle Theatre Royal

Alexander Millar's work will raise money for the Newcastle Theatre Royal

Bids are open for one of famous artist Alexander Millar’s paintings which is being sold in aid of a Tyneside theatre.

New work My Way features one of the adopted Geordie’s ‘gadgie’ creations and will be sold at silent auction with proceeds going to the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust.

Famous for his work depicting the working class and North East industries, Millar moved from a small village near Kilmarnock to Newcastle in 1980 and now, almost 35 years later, still lives here and works from a studio in Jesmond.

An event to launch 4 weeks of bidding hosted by ITV Tyne Tees anchorwoman Pam Royle and starring Alexander Millar took place at the theatre last night.

Self-taught Millar’s paintings regularly command £60,000 and it is hoped the work and limited edition prints can give the theatre a cash injection.

He said: “In preparation for this painting I had the chance to tread the boards of this wonderful institution which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I thought of all the great actors that had stood where I was now standing.”

For details on the auction visit: newcastle@castlefineart.com

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