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Community Quest

We are all part of a community – some we choose; some are chosen for us – and it’s these different notions of community that make up the focus of ‘New Perspectives: L-INKing Communities’, which is currently on show at the Laing Art Gallery.

County Durham painter Norman Cornish (1919-2014) always had a strong sense of community, and that is very apparent in his wonderfully evocative ‘Wet Friday 1975’ (pictured), which shows a bunch of people hurrying to, or from, their local chippy. And that painting is just one of the artworks you can see at this show which examines where we live, learn, socialise and practise our beliefs. The exhibition has been curated by L-INK, a group of young people working with the Hatton and Laing Art Galleries to organise events, work with artists and create new art works themselves. GM

New Perspectives: L-INKing Communities, until 1 July, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle,