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Amateur artists add splash of colour to historic setting

TALENTED amateur artists are excited that their work is going on display in a historic North-East setting.

The Deerness Art Group, based at Framwellgate Moor, in Durham, will be showcasing their artistic talents at Ushaw until June 22.

Group chairman Margaret Weavill said: “We’re always looking for new places to exhibit our work, and it’s wonderful to get the chance to display it in such a beautiful setting as Ushaw.

“We typically have an exhibition a couple of times a year, but it’s been a long time since our work was on display at Ushaw. It’s lovely to be back.”

Margaret, a grandmother of five, took up painting when she retired two years ago, and she’d encourage others to do the same: “Joining the club really inspired me to paint. We’re a very friendly bunch, and we have members of all different abilities, from beginners to experts.

“We all learn from each other, and we help each other become better artists. We’re always happy to welcome new members, too!”

All the pieces on display at Ushaw are available to purchase, and prices range from £20 to £250.

One exhibitor, Paoi Wilmer, was inspired by her six-year-old daughter, Jaina, for her main piece in acrylic, entitled “Wonder”.

The group also includes Malcolm Coils, a former wild card in the popular television programme, Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year.

Lucy Jenkins, Ushaw’s cultural and heritage manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to showcase the talents of artists from across County Durham, and beyond. It really enhances our spaces with such a diverse range of work.”

Information about upcoming exhibitions and how to join the Deerness Art Group is available on the website at

Members of the group will be returning to Ushaw on June 22, to hold an exclusive painting challenge. Each piece must be produced within a few hours, and focus on a different feature of Ushaw’s striking exterior, architecture, or grounds.

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