SLIDESHOW: Celebrating the art of drawing

A SERIES of exhibitions aims to celebrate the art of drawing.

The Customs House, in South Shields, is hosting a Year of Drawing within its art gallery.

ON DISPLAY ... artist Emma Holliday with work she has curated at the Custom House.

ON DISPLAY ... artist Emma Holliday with work she has curated at the Custom House.

Two exhibitions are kicking off the celebrations at the Mill Dam venue.

Urban Lines by Jack Coates is on display in the Port of Tyne Gallery until February 28.

It is made up of architectural drawings on paper and canvas.

Jack, a retired art teacher at Farringdon Community Academy, in Sunderland, said: “This is my third exhibition at the Customs House and this is the one I’m most delighted with because it’s in the main Port of Tyne gallery.

“It was actually partly commissioned as well because of the 150th anniversary of the Custom House, they wanted me to do some drawings of the building.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this exhibition. Not just on my part but also everyone at the Customs House and it feels fantastic to see my work up on the walls.

“There are some very big pieces too so it’s been quite a new experience for me.

“Some of the drawings are on 12ft canvases. I don’t usually think about how long it takes to draw them, but I guess they would have taken a couple of days to completely finish.”

The grandfather-of-six, 65, who lives in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, added: “It really is wonderful seeing them in the exhibition and I’ve had some really good feedback on them so far.

“I’m delighted with the reactions people have given me. As an artist you want people to look at your work and say they can see what you were going for and that they get pleasure from looking at it.”

The second exhibition is on display in the venue’s Fusion Gallery.

Be Drawn In is made up of the work of various artists. It also runs until February 28.

It was put together by artist and curator Emma Holliday.

Entry to the gallery is free. It is open from 10am to 8.30pm on performance days and 10am to 6pm on non-performance days, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

For more information, go to or call 454 1234.

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