Making a splash with exhibition

A Lego model of the vision for Tynemouth Outdoor Pool by photographer Steve Mayes.
A Lego model of the vision for Tynemouth Outdoor Pool by photographer Steve Mayes.

Artists and photographers are making a splash at an exhibition supporting the redevelopment of an outdoor facility.

The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool have arranged the exhbition ‘Make a Splash’ to help boost funds for the redevelopment of the lido.

Seaside picture by founder member of Amber Film and Photography Collective, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.

Seaside picture by founder member of Amber Film and Photography Collective, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.

The exhibition, from November 13 to 26 at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay, will see some of the work up for sale.

Among the displays is an illuminated model of the vision for the pool, designed and built in Lego, by architectural photographer Steve Mayes.

Other work has been produced by photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, and artists Jim Edwards, Kate Van Suddese, Tess Barnes, Joanna Wishart, Annette Chevallier, Dick Ward and Rob Antony.

The second week will see a documentary film and paintings by Benton Park Primary School pupils.

The event will end with an auction of unsold work.

Penny Henry, event organiser and Friends committee member, said: “We already have a huge variety of art that has been donated by artists, regionally, nationally and internationally, and we’ll be exhibiting work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, collage and photography.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the artists from all over the country and abroad who wish to support the restoration of the outdoor pool.

‘We’re also delighted to be able to present the Lego model of the pool for the first time during this exhibition which is already generating lots of interest in the future of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity, not only to raise money to help rebuild the pool, but for upcoming and emerging artists to get their work in front of a big audience, and for buyers to snap up some brilliant and unique pieces of art.”

For more information, email Penny at pennyhenryvicenza@hotmail.com