Get creative with free collage masterclass at South Shields gallery

A free collage party is being hosted at the Customs House by the artists behind exhibition Sweet Dreams of Contentment. Artists Brian Ord and Pete Scott.
A free collage party is being hosted at the Customs House by the artists behind exhibition Sweet Dreams of Contentment. Artists Brian Ord and Pete Scott.

People are being invited to explore their creative side at an art party.

A free collage party is being hosted at the Customs House, in South Shields by the artists behind the venue’s latest exhibition.

A free collage party is being hosted at the Customs House by the artists behind exhibition Sweet Dreams of Contentment.

A free collage party is being hosted at the Customs House by the artists behind exhibition Sweet Dreams of Contentment.

Artists Brian Ord and Val Close are teaming up with the Mill Dam venue’s gallery learning officer, Lesley Guy, to host the event on Sunday, July 31, between 3pm and 6pm.

Brian and Val’s exhibition, Sweet Dreams of Contentment, is currently on display in the Port of Tyne Gallery.

It’s a collaboration with their friend and musician, Pete Scott. Headphones and MP3 players are available, so visitors can listen to Pete’s music while looking at Brian and Val’s work.

Brian said: “We’ve produced paintings and collages inspired by the ideas and songs of Pete, and he’s written and produced songs based on our visual work.”

Much of Brian’s work is based on collages.

Lesley added: “Everyone is invited to join us for a free afternoon of creative chatting, cutting and sticking. Collage materials and tunes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

“Brian and Val will show you how they use collage in their own work and I’ll be demonstrating how to make collage rosettes for you to wear with pride.”

Brian, Val and Pete will also be hosting a tour of their exhibition between 11am and 1pm on the same day.

Lesley said: “As part of their exhibition, Sweet Dreams of Contentment, we are offering the public the opportunity to come and view the work accompanied by the artists Brian, Val and Pete Scott.

“Join us for a walk and talk in the gallery, meet the artists and find out how the exhibition came together over a tea or coffee. Places are free but limited so please RSVP via the box office on 0191 454 1234 or email Lesley@customshouse.co.uk”

Brian, originally a sculptor, trained at the Chelsea School of Art and has exhibited across the UK, Europe and the USA. His works are digital prints from hand-made collages of photographs that are then reworked with mixed techniques and media. Val also produces collages, combining them with more traditional images of birds, plants and flowers. Pete’s work is very much rooted in North East culture and he has performed on BBC TV and radio, and at the bi-annual Sunday for Sammy concert at Newcastle City Hall.

To book a place, call the box office on 0191 4541234.