An exhibition of artwork by users of North Tyneside Art Studio will go on show at Tynemouth Station to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

The Carnival of Change will go on show from 1 December in the Bridge Gallery, which stretches between the station’s two platforms.

Andrea King, Director of North Tyneside Art Studio, which supports people with mental health problems, said: “This exhibition is a chance for the public to see some of the incredible artwork created at the studio as well as giving a powerful message about the impact of creativity in transforming the lives of people with mental health problems. We’re incredibly proud of the talent we nurture, with artwork being exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, and even winning awards.”

The exhibition includes sculpture, photography and creative writing produced at the studio over the past 25 years. One of the people whose work is featured in the exhibition is Chris Ridge, a veteran Ghurkha who found a new lease of life on joining the art studio in 2009. Chris has developed his own unique style of painting and now has work exhibited around the country and has won national competitions.

Chris said: “Art is my new sport. It’s given me another purpose in life; another aim. The Studio gives me structure and a variety of different types of art to do. If it wasn’t for the Studio, I wouldn’t be here.”

The exhibition tracks both the emergence of North Tyneside Art Studio itself, which was originally set up as an artist residency project in Rake Lane Psychiatric Ward in the 1980s and the journey into creative freedom taken by its various artists.

For 25 years, North Tyneside Art Studio has provided a safe space for local people who experience mental health problems to explore their creativity and develop skills, confidence and a sense of self worth, transforming their lives and contributing to the local community.

The Carnival of Change exhibition is part of a programme of 25th anniversary activity funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A launch event for the exhibition takes place on Thursday 1st December at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
Part of Transforming Service: Transforming Lives – A history of North Tyneside Art Studio, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.