ArtHouse Boro Charity Raffle
By Rob Nichols
Thursday 20 Feb 2020 10:24:00
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There is a chance to bag some original Teesside artwork signed by the current Boro team for only a pound and your pound will go to a top Teesside cause. The Arthouse are raffling a Philip Meadows print signed by the current Boro first team for £1 a ticket with all proceeds going to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. The draw will be held in March. Tickets can be bought from The Arthouse 353 Linthorpe Road.

Keepy Uppy

Over £500 has already been raised but there is still plenty of time to own some Philip Meadows artwork and contribute to a really worthwhile cause. The Arthouse exhibits and sells lots of other Philip Meadows art, unashamedly basking in the corner floodlights of Ayresome Park nostalgia. A mere Stuart Boam clearance away from the former ground, The Arthouse is the only place to see Philip Meadows depictions of the characters and the old haunts of the gone but not forgotten, red brick, cloth cap, chips in newspaper world of old Ayresome. There are several other notable Ayresome era artists on view in the gallery shop also. So, lovers of Boro nostalgia you will certainly not be disappointed by a visit to pay your pound for Zoe's Place.

I asked artist Philip Meadows about his work and the charity raffle with the Boro signed print and this is his reply.

Philip Meadows printsI’m a very proud Teessider. I think the more you travel you realise Middlesbrough was a big cog in the world. Travelling down a mountain by train in Sri Lanka we stopped at a station and the track points gear was stamped Middlesbrough, the girders in the stations were from Dorman Long. My dad worked at Dormans and I went into ICI. This celebration of our area is completed by The Boro. In Norway recently whilst hiring a car the guy knew Middlesbrough and supported Man U, people relate to the area and a team was a focus for your area. As time moves on I think it important to share your memories and in some cases keep those memories alive. People relate to my work and are keen to share their experiences and I often get ideas from these conversations. I love it when someone recognises something that they did and it takes them back.

My paintings are always story based, lads going to the footy with their dad and getting some chips on the way home. Time dulls the memory and I try to provide a key to take people back. I knew there was a chippy near the ground, I think Steve Gibson’s uncle owned it. When I painted Fish and Chips on the way home I used a lot of artistic licence but the great thing is people swear they had been in the shop. Being the seventies of course the fryer could be smoking a fag and you could read about the last Boro game on the paper your chips were wrapped in.

Zoe’s place is a fantastic cause, who couldn’t be moved when presented with a child that has a terminal illness. Sadly it’s privately funded so we have a print for raffle called Keepy up in Davey’s Yard with all funds going to the cause. It could be any backstreet around Ayresome Park. It’s on display in Arthouse and tickets are a pound. The Boro first team signed it and it was great talking to the lads whilst they were doing it. The local lads like Aynsley Pears loved it and in Aynsley’s case it represented the ground, the fans and the times that his dad played. He was very proud explaining that his dad scored the last goal from the penalty spot at Ayresome. (in his testimonial game).

If you haven’t visited The Arthouse you are missing a treat. It’s on Linthorpe road opposite the Dorman. If you look at the wall in the Dorman grounds before you go in you’ll see a metal sculpture I made many years ago with kids from Hallgarth school.

The Arthouse is a gallery that stocks not only my work but a number of other North East artists as well as work by nationally renowned artists. It’s a big space inside and you can see a lot of original work and prints. Mark and Dave who run it are big Boro fans and you can buy a raffle ticket for Keepy Up whilst you are there. It really is a gem of a gallery.

The Arthouse raffle

The Arthouse is over Linthorpe Road from Dorman Museum – so make a double date and take in the brilliant David Watson exhibition currently showing. This South Bank artist has been painting aspects of Tees industry and shipyard workies for over 60 years. He had never been out of the area until the National Football Museum organised an exhibition of his work five years ago

The Arthouse - Open 6 days per week (Mon-Sat) - 01642 828363 - 353, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

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