Tyne paintings raise £5,000 for charity

HEART CASH ... the artists, from left, Kevin Day, Ray Campbell and Bernie Wisniewski.
HEART CASH ... the artists, from left, Kevin Day, Ray Campbell and Bernie Wisniewski.

A CHARITY art exhibition following the flow of the Tyne from source to sea has raised almost £5,000.

Art For The Heart was held at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle last month, in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (Chuf) at the city’s Freeman Hospital.

Kevin Day, originally from South Shields but now living in County Durham, was one of the artists involved.

He joined Bernie Wisniewski and Ray Campbell to document the river’s journey on canvas, from north of Kielder in Northumberland to the coast. Their work featured many South Tyneside landmarks, including the Groyne, Readhead’s Landing and streets around the Lawe Top, and stretched to more than 30 pieces.

Proceeds from their sale during the week-long exhibition were donated to Chuf.

Mr Day, 40, who relished the opportunity to paint in the open air, said: “The exhibition went well, and raised just under £5,000.

“We were hoping we could have got a bit more, but the Children’s Heart Unit Fund was delighted with the amount. It was a good project for a good cause and it would be good to do something similar in the future.”

The men, all based in the North East, set off with the aim of showing the life of the river as we know today, and the contrast of environments and remnants of history that has been left behind.

At stages between four and seven miles apart, they completed a series of paintings showing the contrasting flow of the river’s environment as it journeys through the land.

Lorraine Embleton, fundraising co-ordinator for Chuf, said: “We are very grateful that Kevin, Bernie and Ray have worked so hard to produce their artwork to help raise funds.

“Funds are vital to the purchase of equipment, facilities and after-care for the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital and we are delighted that they are helping in such an innovative way.”

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