There’s no place like home at South Shields gallery

Anne Curtis at the Dreaming of Home exhibition.
Anne Curtis at the Dreaming of Home exhibition.

The meaning of home is being explored in the latest exhibition at a South Tyneside gallery.

The exhibition, in the Port of Tyne Gallery, at the Customs House, South Shields, is called Dreaming of Home.

It brings together work by local artists Anne Curtis and Gaynor Devaney.

Artist and author Anne’s work echoes the fairytale of Rapunzel and was inspired by a visit to Alnwick Garden’s Poison Garden.

Her work is based on her own story, The Poison Gardener, which she wrote after a visit to the garden.

Gaynor’s work is a response to the idea of home as being the place where our first experiences of ‘play’ take place.

She uses suitcases to represent the months of the year, with each suitcase creating a miniature world and telling a unique story.

Her work also features contributions from Diane Shaw, Kath Price and Louise Edwards.

Sunderland-based Anne said: “My work relates to birth, death and renewal.

“The wallpaper depicts a girl from my story who has been apprenticed to the Poison Gardener.”

Esen Kaya, gallery curator at The Customs House, said: “What’s great about Dreaming of Home is the very different response to the theme from Anne and Gaynor.

“They’re both terrific, but so different in approach and interpretation.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, May 8.