SOME of the North East’s most vulnerable citizens will benefit from an art exhibition and sale taking place tonight at the Great North Museum.
More than 20 artists and photographers based in the North East are exhibiting work at the Newcastle museum in aid of the Tiny Lives charitable fund managed by the Community Foundation.
Tiny Lives, based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, is dedicated to saving the lives of premature or ill newborn babies.
Martin Ward Platt, consultant paediatrician and chair of the Tiny Lives committee, said: “Each year 600 premature or ill babies are born across the North East and Cumbria requiring specialised and intensive care.
“Nursing and medical care on the ward demands particular skills and it’s essential that staff keep up-to-date with the latest advances to facilitate this kind of need. It is via charitable events such as this that we are able to help fund the cost of care treatments for premature and ill newborn babies and the families in the special care baby unit.”
One of the artists represented tonight will be Ponteland-based Alan Reed whose work sells throughout the world.
He was looking forward to returning to a venue that is a bit special to him.
He said: “I was one of the original members of the design team at the Hancock Museum and during my time there I worked on displays such as the backdrop to Abel’s Ark, which some would say was one of the museum’s most iconic pieces.
“I’m thrilled to be going back there to help what is such a worthwhile cause.”
The Hancock Museum was transformed into the Great North Museum after a multi-million-pound refurbishment. Tonight’s Tait Walker Art Exhibition is one of the fundraising events organised by the Newcastle chartered accountants to mark the 75th anniversary of the firm.
Managing partner David Arthur said: “There are many dimensions to the art exhibition, not just the showcasing of some terrific works of art but also highlighting the admirable work which the Tiny Lives fund does.”
Doors open tonight at 7pm and tickets are £10. Call 0191 285 0321 to book.