Artist’s work a shining light at former lighthouse

A talented artist is showcasing his work at an exhibition on North Shields Fish Quay.

Michael Smith, a creative studios HND student at TyneMet College, was chosen to exhibit his work at the Old Low Light.

The former lighthouse has been given a new lease of life, housing both modern and traditional art.

Michael’s exhibition ‘Salt Water in the veins’ illustrates the tales of fisherman.

He said: “To exhibit at a building of such local pride is an honour.

“Having painted for over fifty years, my work often depicts the unheard stories of a fisherman’s voyage and the community who depends on them to make a safe return.

“I really want to thank my teacher at the Creative Studios, Dr John O’Rourke who has been instrumental in helping me to achieve my dream of being a working artist – the support I have received throughout the course from John and the Creative Studios has been an excellent.”

Dr O’Rourke said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Michael to display his work on the launch night of the Old Low Light, we’re all very proud of him – he’s a very talented painter with a close tie to North Shields having worked and fished in the Quay for most of his life, which as you can see really comes across in the delivery of his work.”

Michael Smith’s Exhibition ‘Salt in the Veins’ is available to see at the Old Low Light gallery until May 4.

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