Walkways through a flagship North East shopping centre have been transformed into a temporary art gallery to showcase the work of talented students at a local school.
Art students at King Edward V1 in Morpeth were asked to create images on the theme of summertime scenes in Northumberland.
Now their work – which includes oil paintings, acrylic and mixed media – is providing a new attraction for shoppers at the town’s Sanderson Arcade.
The artwork has been suspended from the ceiling and hangs down in the main walkway which takes customers through the Edwardian-style arcade.
The eye-catching canvases capture the work of students in years nine to 13, and are the latest in a series of ever-changing artworks to go on show at Sanderson Arcade.
The students completed the project partly through their coursework, and partly by working extra hours out of classroom time.
They used their own photographs to research the work, which was accomplished using a range of artistic styles and materials.
Staff at the arcade change its display theme every month, and the latest work replaces an exhibition by young local artists based on the recent 100th anniversary of the death of North East suffragette Emily Davison, who is buried in Morpeth. Those pieces can now be seen at the Town Hall. Sanderson Arcade manager, Medi Parry, said: “It’s lovely to be working with some of the town’s talented young artists on our displays along the gallery, and I hope people enjoy the students’ fantastic displays on the summertime theme.
“We’ve had some great feedback from our customers about the changing arcade features.”
King Edward V1 School art teacher, Laura Summerson, said: “The students have really enjoyed working on this project, and it’s fantastic to be able to see their work displayed right in the centre of the town.”
An exhibition of more of the students’ art will be staged in the school from tomorrow until Sunday, and members of the public are welcome to come along.
Meanwhile, staff at the arcade are selling their own home-grown herbs this month, as part of a fundraising push for the Sick Children’s Trust. The herbs have been grown in flower beds at the arcade as part of Morpeth in Bloom’s focus on edible plants.
Bunches, including coriander, thyme, parsley, rosemary, mint and fennel, can be bought from the flower stall, or from the arcade’s costumed beadles, for £1.50 each – with all proceeds going to the charity.
The arcade has set a target of raising £10,000 for the trust, to provide a new playroom.