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Open to Interpretation

You’ll find all kinds of good stuff at Gallagher & Turner’s Open Exhibition, from flowers to street scenes, abstracts to etchings, to a particularly fine ass.

I absolutely love Deborah Snell’s drawing of Titania and Bottom (aka the ass), a scene that will be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. You can love it too – in person – if you pay a visit to the Gallagher & Turner gallery who are currently holding their rather splendid Open Exhibition. The show is the ideal place to catch – and purchase if you so wish – work by local artists. This includes not only paintings, drawings and prints but sculpture and jewellery, too. Other artists I like the look of include Charlotte Powell (that’s her ‘Action Girl with Pansies’ pictured) and Alan Dunn (with a snowy view of Danials Store in Wallsend). In all, over 50 artists are represented, which is a good indication of just how the local scene has continued to flourish, even after the tough couple of years we’ve all been through. If you’ve not called in yet, then make sure you check out the sheer depth and quality on show. And hey, you may even spot something that would look just dandy in your own home. (Not that ass, though. That ass is mine.) RM

Open Exhibition, until 22 January, Gallagher & Turner, 30 St. Mary’s Place, Newcastle. gallagherandturner.co.uk

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