PICTURE SPECIAL: Artwork is talk of the Toon

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NEWCASTLE United’s role on Tyneside has been well documented over the decades.

Toon Times is the Discovery Museum’s new exhibition charting the fortunes of Newcastle United Football Club.

In association with Newcastle United Foundation, the exhibition features some of the club’s treasures that have never been on public display before, including souvenir programmes, the signature black and white club strip and silverware which have all been collected over the years.

Visitors will be able to experience some of the famous features of the ‘beautiful game’ such as a recreated dug-out and the tunnel that players pass through before walking on to the pitch.

Also on display is a stunning collection of Magpie-related artwork in conjunction with the The Balman Gallery, based in Corbridge, Northumberland.

It features both well-established artists, such as South Tyneside’s Bob Olley, and new exhibitors.

Contributors include Alexander Millar, famed internationally for his Geordie ‘Gadgie’ paintings, Leigh Lambert, Jim Edwards, known best for his Great North Run trilogy, Kevin Day, Roy Kirton, Alan Reed, Peter Goodfellow, Gavin Penn, Peter Flanagan and Derek Jones.

Wendy Parkin and Mark Scorer put original paintings forward especially for the show and were chosen from many hopeful artists to display work.

Andy Balman, director of the Balman Gallery, said: “We are very excited by this exhibition. It has been a welcome and challenging opportunity for our gallery artists and has also provided a great opportunity to work with artists that are new to us such as Alexander Millar, Leigh Lambert and Bob Ollie, all well known in the region for their nostalgic paintings representing the history and culture of the area.”

* Toon Times is on at the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, until October 5. Entry is free.

A ‘browse or buy’ exhibition of the artwork takes place tomorrow, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the museum.

For more information about the Balman Gallery, call 01434 634 629; e-mail info@balmangallery.com or go to www.balmangallery.com or www.balmanbydesign.com

For more information about the Discovery museum, call 232 678 or go to www.discoverymuseum.org.uk

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