A unique collaboration between two artists and a musician is behind the latest exhibition to go on show at a South Tyneside gallery.
Sweet Dreams of Contentment is on display at the Port of Tyne Gallery at the Customs House, South Shields.
The exhibition is the work of married artists Brian Ord and Val Close, and their friend and singer/songwriter Pete Scott.
Brian and Pete knew each other well when younger, but got back in touch when they realised they were both living in Cullercoats.
“Val and I were offered an exhibition at the Customs House with the possibility of a collaboration. At first we were thinking of working with another artist or an architect, but then realised the project would mean more if we had a personal relationship with the third person,” said Brian.
“So we talked to Pete and things went from there. There are similar themes across all of our work – the domestic environment, every day life, irony, humour. We were awarded an Arts Council Grant to pursue the ideas, and the exhibition and CD are the result of this.
“We’ve produced paintings inspired by the ideas and songs of Pete, and he’s written and produced songs based on our visual work.”
Pete added: “The cross fertilization worked really well. For instance, Brian had produced this great artwork called Grotto. My reaction, being a good Catholic boy, was to think of Lourdes and that inspired me to write my song, The Grotto.”
Headphones and MP3 players are available, so visitors can listen to Pete’s music while looking at Brian and Val’s work.
The exhibition is on display until July 31. Both the artwork and music are available to purchase. The audio CD of the music has an accompanying CD brochure, which includes illustrations of the paintings as well as the song lyrics.