A whale of a time with North Shields exhibition

Marina Rees working with whale skeletons.
Marina Rees working with whale skeletons.

Visitors to a North Shields attraction are in for a whale of a time.

The Old Low Light, on North Shields Fish Quay, is hosting Artist in Residence Marina Rees’ first exhibition – Pursuing Whales.

Marina, with a background in fine art and now a working artist living in Iceland, has a passion for nature, the environment and whales.

During her residence she will be creating art work in the Heritage Gallery, building on her experience of mounting whale skeletons and leading whale watching tours.

Her installation will also highlight the negative impact of noise and plastic pollution on our oceans.

And there will be a chance to sing like a whale by replicating the sounds of a humpback whale.

Marina is hoping to create a whale choir of volunteers to launch the opening of the exhibition on July 3.

She recently joined local singers from Mouths of the Tyne Community Choir for a singing session and is currently working with Icelandic composer Gudmunder Steinn Gunnarsson.

The exhibition is one of a series brought to the Old Low Light by local artist Stephen Livingstone with funding from the Arts Council.

North Atlantic Drift – Pursing Whales opens on July 3, and runs until October. For more information visit www.theboatoll.wordpress.com

Informal whale singing workshops will take place at the centre on Monday, June 25, from 10am to noon; June 26, from 5pm to 6pm; and June 28, from 4pm to 6pm.