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The Shipyard Painters Exhibition 22 July – 18 September

Ships weren’t the only crafts created at Swan Hunter Shipyard

ShipyardCranes_PeterMayneEver since the Middle Ages ships have been built on the River Tyne.  Today the shipyards are gone, but not so long ago the shipbuilding industry influenced the region and the people who worked there.

The Shipyard Painters Exhibition tells the story of how a group of Swan Hunter Shipyard workers relieved the monotony of their day jobs by producing a stunning catalogue of original artworks.  Workers from draughtsmen, carpenters, shipwrights to platers and welders all displayed hidden talents.

The exhibition will feature work from eleven artists who were all employed by Swan Hunter at sometime.  Some of these artists worked all their lives in the shipyards, whilst others used their talent to break away from the yards to pursue a full-time artistic career.

The works on display reflect the industrial landscape of the river contrasted with countryside and coastal scenes.

The exhibition is complemented by ‘Alpha Omega’ a new photographic exhibition in our Heritage Gallery by the Swan’s Snappers which documents the beginning and end of Swan Hunter Shipyards in twenty four images.

Both exhibitions run from 22 July until 18 September and admission to both is £2.oo.  Under 16’s and Old Low Light Network Members free.

There may be occasions when entry to the Shipyard Painters Exhibition is temporarily not possible due to the room being in use for a private function.  If you are planning to travel to the exhibition, please check with us first as we would hate you to make a journey in vain.

The exhibition is been co-curated in partnership with Tynemouth Fine Art and with generous support from North Tyneside Council and Swan Hunter

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