Photo credit Tony Hall
As we continue to fundraise we are delighted to announce that with sponsorship from intu Eldon Square we are presenting new work from artist:
‘A Slice of Life’
The artist behind the world-famous image of the Tyneside 'Gadgie' has been working on a commission to mark the opening of the new dining quarter in central Newcastle's premier shopping centre – and, in the process, raising funds for two local organisations close to his heart, The Globe Gallery and The Bubble Foundation.
Born and raised in the small mining community of Springside, just outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, Millar’s earliest memories were of his time spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines and large missile-shaped women decked out in big overcoats, pinnies, tartan headscarves and zipped booties, adorned with fake fur around the top.
His father worked for British Rail; as such Millar grew up watching and observing these working men in their natural environment. Their cycle ride to work at dawn, the industries in which they made a living, their drunken meander from the pub at night; a street ballet that was constantly played out before his eyes has given Millar inspiration for his paintings for over 20 years.
It is this, almost choreographed, every day routine that Millar depicts in his paintings. Making the ordinary details of life extraordinary via his exquisite use of light and impasto brushstrokes, Millar brings alive those wonderful memories of a bygone era, his depth of expression gives us an insight into the hearts and souls of working men around the world.
The original oil painting, Lollipops and 99s, shown here will be auctioned in late November to raise funds for the Globe Gallery and The Bubble Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank intu Eldon Square for their sponsorship, enabling this exhibition to take place, and a special thank you to Alexander Millar for the generous donation of the painting.
The Globe Gallery is a not-for-profit arts organisation involved in the Blossom Tree initiative, supporting those going through anxiety, bereavement and mental health issues. The artist himself experienced depression in his younger days and has given many talks in relation to his circumstances before his artwork catapulted him to fame. Working alongside Alexander to promote a greater understanding and acknowledgement about mental health issues fits perfectly with our Blossom Tree project, a project aimed at opening up conversations and breaking down taboos concerning mental health, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with an artist who is open and supportive of our aims. We are also very grateful to intu Eldon Square for their sponsorship enabling the exhibition to take place in Globe Gallery and especially Alex for his generous donation of the original painting which will be auctioned and the proceeds divided between the Globe Gallery and The Bubble foundation to help with the continuation of our respective causes
Gallery Opening times: Wednesday - Friday 1pm until 7pm
Saturday 12.30 until 5pm
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October
Alongside the 'Artists' Boot Sale' we will be offering up to 30% reduction on a selection of 'Plan Chest' Artists' work. We also have a selection of goody bags for £10 each containing back catalogues and artists publications, perfect for those studying or engaging with fine art practice. This offer is for 2 days only so get the dates in your diary to bag a bargain, meet some interesting artists, enjoy the social gatherings in over 12 venues taking part in the Block Party events on the Friday evening.
Globe Gallery Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theglobegallery/
The Artists' Boot Sale event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/112097859249776/
Block Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/495465027329897/
With the help of Amy Whitfield, Katie Pickerell and a host of artists, Globe’s venue will be transformed into The Artist's Boot Sale, a treasure chest of curious and fanciful offerings. Opening on Friday 7th as part of the Block Party. Come and support both recent graduates and more established artists earn some pennies to keep their practice going and of course, Globe in its' quest to continue to provide opportunities for Artists and the public to engage our exhibitions and events programmes.
Relics, works and wares from 16 to 24 artist’s studios, wardrobes and amassed hoardings will be available to all of you thrifty bargain hunters to rummage through and purchase at affordable prices. We will also have a selection of selection of discounted works from our Plan Chest collection and lucky dip bags full of surprises.
(The growing) List of artists:
James Wilkinson, Hannah Mountain, Clarita Lulić, Laura Crow, Amy Whitfield, Katie Pickerell, Rachael Eden, Liberty Hodes, Rebecca Lucy Jackson,
Emma Snashall, Ellen Welsh, Philippa Ogden, Phoebe Inés, Roberta Louise Green, Patrick Snape, Rachael Magdeburg, Karina Hesketh, Chris Willis,Kirsti Beautyman, Helen Schell, Cheryl Baty and Steven Skelern..