Gateshead College art teacher wins chance to exhibit work at top gallery

Gateshead College teacher Sarah Latheron has won a top award which has seen her work on display at the Baltic

Lewis Arnold Gateshead College art teacher Sarah Latheron
Gateshead College art teacher Sarah Latheron

A college art teacher has seen her work go on display at the region’s best contemporary gallery.

Sarah Latheron was handed the honour of having four pieces of her art exhibited at BALTIC in Gateshead after winning the centre’s Artist Teacher Award.

The prestigious award - now in its fifth year - is given annually to a graduate of the MA Fine Art and Education, delivered by Northumbria University in partnership with BALTIC, for the quality of their art practice.

The gallery’s director, Godfrey Worsdale, selected Sarah as this year’s recipient for her exhibition ‘Force’ which he described as “compelling”.

The exhibition includes two site-specific wall drawings created by Sarah over a two-week period directly on the walls of the gallery. There are also two sculptural works featuring everyday items such as nails and nuts on two plinths behind glass walls.

Sarah, who teaches at Gateshead College, says she was very excited at having her pieces of art exhibited at BALTIC.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Sunderland, said: “It’s really exciting. Even though I knew about the award when I started the MA part-time it’s not something I thought I would win.

“I decided to do the course because I’d spent a long time in education myself and as soon as I finished I got a job straight away.”

"Force", by art teacher Sarah Latheron
"Force", by art teacher Sarah Latheron
 

She added: “The main reason was to reestablish my own artistic place and involve myself in the industry.

“In my job I encourage students to get more involved but I wasn’t doing that myself so I felt like there was something missing.”

Sarah’s students at Gateshead College are now planning to visit the exhibition to see their teacher’s work on display.

“There’s going to be near enough 80 students coming at different times during the week,” said Sarah. “I’ve never felt so exposed.”

BALTIC director Mr Worsdale praised Sarah’s exhibition and how it has fitted well into the surroundings of the gallery.

He said: “Sarah’s work is immediately compelling - even though the work continues to reveal itself as more time is invested in it. The way in which the drawn and sculptural interventions derive so much from their environment as they are brought into being demonstrates a powerful subtlety through an understated but exacting craftsmanship.

“It is great to see how Sarah’s work has occupied the space here at BALTIC.”

Sandra Johnston, programme leader for MA Fine Art and Education at Northumbria University, added: “Sarah’s work shows a great curiosity and awareness to spatial concerns, the creative responses she arrives at are frequently playful interventions developed with a confident delicacy.

“Sarah’s handling of materials often reveals an intriguing use of small mundane materials, the components are quietly transformed into secretive objects, inhabiting spaces with a facade of functionality that demands close inspection.”

Sarah Latheron’s Force will be shown at BALTIC until Sunday, March 30 in Quay on Level 2.

For more information about Force and other exhibitions, visit www.balticmill.com

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