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Art Editorial

talesoftyne18.jpg Hey! Looks like it’s story Tyne…

‘Tales of the Tyne’ is an exhibition by Marcia Ley and Mark Todman that has been inspired by the River Tyne and surrounding areas (and sometimes a little further afield).

Marcia Ley and Mark Todman often exhibit work together, usually approaching the same subject matter but from two distinct points of view. For their latest show at Gateshead’s Central Library they travelled on foot and by bicycle to explore the often neglected and overlooked aspects of the river Tyne. They visited small shipyards and talked to boat owners; walked by the ruins of Blaydon burn; sketched the remains of cranes, winches and modernist underpasses; explored the old Bill Quay; and heard yarns of the river with locals over a glass of beer. The results of their wanderings have been poured into this colourful and eye-opening show that features paintings, silks and prints, which attempt to capture or respond to a particular place and time – or sometimes just a memory.

Tales of the Tyne: Marcia Ley and Mark Todman, until Saturday 12 January, The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. gateshead.gov.uk