View of Tyne comes home

A PAINTING commissioned by Wallsend-born pop star Sting is going back on show in the north east this weekend.

The 12ft-by-8ft painting of the Tyne, with the 60-year-old’s native North Tyneside visible in the distance, is back at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle from Saturday until May.

The painting, titled Northern City Renaissance, by Stephen Hannock, depicts the river as it is today, with the Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Millennium Bridge visible.

Partially hidden under layers of paint are images and text relating to Tyneside’s mining heritage, including a photo of Sting.

Gallery curator Julie Milne said: “Sting greatly appreciates and collects Stephen Hannock’s work and commissioned this piece to celebrate his home town.

“We are delighted to be able to show it to the public once again.”

For further details, visit www.laingartgallery.org.uk