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Art Editorial

worswickchambers19.jpg Turning stone into people

‘Hidden Newcastle Faces’ features 25 monoprints by artist Lucy Morrill of the carved stone heads on Worswick Chambers.

Architects had a bit of a thing in the late 19th/early 20thcentury for sticking carved stone heads on their buildings. There are plenty of them to discover in Newcastle but they tend to go unnoticed by most. Not so Lucy Morrill. For a number of years she has been researching these heads and making monoprints of them. Her latest series is taken from Worswick Chambers, which, for a number of years, has been wrapped in scaffolding and netting. They were carved by John Rogers, who was born in Walker, and among the rich and famous he included people from his own family. Morrill: “I feel that he [John Rogers] made them into stone and in these prints, to some extent, I am making them into people again.”

Hidden Newcastle Faces, until 31 January, Discovery Museum, Newcastle. discoverymuseum.org.uk