Artsbank has arrived.
By One Giant Leap
Sunday 04 Apr 2010 14:49:00
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Artsbank has arrived. A superb new arts facility for Saltburn and Teesside has opened this Easter weekend. Five floors of art exhibited by largely local artists, all the work available for sale. With a permanent exhibition lamenting and throwing down the gauntlet at the Death of Steel in the basement and a performance space on the ground floor this is a building that is going to make a major splash for the local community.


The vision of patron, businessman Brian Goodall and a good friend of this website, Craig Pancrack, a former bank building has been converted into a people-friendly building that will be a major boon to artists local and further afield but will also be a major visitor attraction to a revived Saltburn.


Artsbank is situated immediately behind the Saltburn Station on Milton Street right next to the Victorian shops. It looks set to be a real hub of the local community as well as the artist community. Every inch of wall space is utilised on the five floors, and 50 artists have their work exhibited. Many already had sold signs up half way through the opening weekend.


There are some outstanding names in the atmospheric Turneresque industrial landscapes of Len Tabner but equally there will be new names for people. Alan Morley, the man that drew the moons for Fly Me To The Moon is represented with a couple of landscapes, with a hint of cubism about them.


Round every corner there is an interesting surprise. Joanne Wishart’s colourful seaside paintings of Staithes and Whitby would brighten up any home. As would Barbara Renton-Wood’s vibrant Transporter. Graham Lowe’s photos of TREX playing in Coatham Jazz Club were a flash back to another era.


Oh and don’t forget the views from the top floor across the rooftops of the gem streets to the silent and ghostly steel works beyond. Very poignant, very sad.


Arsbank is also featuring young artists, the applauds 19 year old catalogue Lauren Mincher of Old Shotton, County Durham as artist of the year. Artsbank owner Brian Goodall will be featuring Lauren throughout 2010 – no doubt a big boost to the Sunderland Uni student.


While serving a very different purpose to MIMA in Middlesbrough Artsbank does have potential to make a very strong and immediate impact on the local artscene. Judging by the massive of number of visitors on the first weekend and the number of artists, photographers and sculptors showcased this venture could be a beacon for the area.


So finally, just a well done to our mate Craig “Pancrack” Hornby again for an idea that will make a real difference and to Brian Goodall, Paul Ingram and Craig for delivering a north east flagship for the world. A great achievement.

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