New Custom’s House exhibition celebrates drawing and illustration

Curator Esen Kaya with some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition.
Curator Esen Kaya with some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition.

A new exhibition at a South Tyneside art gallery is celebrating the work of illustrators.

The display, at the Customs House’s Port of Tyne Gallery, is called Illustrative and Stitched Drawings.

Curator Esen Kaya with some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition.

Curator Esen Kaya with some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition.

It features regional, national and international artists and has been put together by Esen Kaya, the venue’s visual arts curator, whose work also features in the exhibition.

Esen said: “I am delighted with how this group exhibition has come together. We have been very fortunate to have brought in work by artists from other regions and those based internationally.

“This exhibition only touches upon the vast subject matter of drawing, and how those working in illustration and textiles approach this process and why it’s important in their individual practice.

“The work in the exhibition is very different but the synergy between them is the thread and language of drawing, whether it is the expression of an idea for a more formal illustration or an intuitive stitched line that expresses a thought process.

I am delighted with how this group exhibition has come together. We have been very fortunate to have brought in work by artists from other regions and those based internationally.

Esen Kaya, Customs House

“There is something for everyone to gain from this exhibition, the show is a rich palette of ideas, mark making and fascinating processes of the way artists have approached drawing with line.

“We were delighted to have worked with foundation and animation students at the University of Sunderland, art teachers Linda Peacock, of Jarrow Cross Primary School, and Susan Gribben, of St Wilfrid’s RC School, and trainee teacher Leanne Seddon, who took part in drawings workshops, and some of their concertina drawing books have been included in the exhibition.”

Whitburn artist Anne Curtis is one of many featured in the show.

She said: “I have two concertina books in the exhibition, one produced using an iPad and the other a more traditional line drawing. I was thrilled to be asked by Esen to contribute to the exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed preparing my work. I’m passionate about drawing so I’m delighted that my work has been included in the exhibition.”

Curator Esen Kaya (left) and Whitburn artist Anne Curtis

Curator Esen Kaya (left) and Whitburn artist Anne Curtis

The artist and writer is working on pieces for the exhibition, Dreaming of Home, which will be hosted at the Customs House next March.

The current exhibition forms part of Drawing?, a year-long project run by the region’s four universities, the Customs House and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).

The exhibition runs until Sunday, January 10 and entry is free.

Some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition

Some of the many concertina books featured in the exhibition