Old shop’s makeover to become art studio

Artist Neill Sheasby from North Shields seen with his art installation 'Window Shopping' on show at Whitley Bay' Park View Shopping Centre.

Artist Neill Sheasby from North Shields seen with his art installation 'Window Shopping' on show at Whitley Bay' Park View Shopping Centre.

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AN EMPTY shop in Whitley Bay has once again been transformed into a temporary art studio.

The former X-Catalogue shop in Park View Shopping Centre has been handed over to the North Tyneside Art Studio (NTAS) to give the group the chance to show off the creative skill of their members, with some of the work on show for sale.

The exhibition, which is open to the public on Wednesday, August 22, between noon and 3pm, includes a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures.

One of the artists involved in the project is Neill Sheasby, of North Shields, who covered one of the shop windows entirely with adverts from the News Guardian as part of his installation, Window Shopping.

The NTAS, which is based at the Linskill Centre, North Shields, supports people with mental health problems by encouraging them to use art and creative activity to help with their recovery.

Steve Twidle, artistic coordinator at NTAS, said: “With such a demanding programme the artists at the studio have not stopped being creative, they have stepped up to the plate.

“The enthusiasm and the wealth of artistic talent at the studio never ceases to amaze me.”

For more information about NTAS contact Steve on (0191) 296 1156, steve.ntartstudio.org.uk or visit www.northtynesideartstudio.org.uk