a gallery wall of paintings


County Durham artists were invited to share their floral themed artworks in what is now an annual exhibition at No.42 in Bishop Auckland. Bloom began in 2017, and was first inspired by the Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom campaign, which was designed by Durham County Council to help spruce up the area in time for summer.

Now the exhibition draws in art lovers and nature enthusiasts who are keen to share their own flower inspired works. This year’s display features intricate paper cuts, beautiful glass sculptures, bold paintings, colourful illustrations and more.

One of the local artists featured in this exhibition is Alison Hill, who has contributed her works to many of the exhibitions at No.42. She particularly enjoys the challenge of producing work for themed exhibitions as she feels it makes you think “outside the box”.

Another returning artist is Hope Simpson, a talented young photographer who pursued her artistic passion while living with a chronic illness that causes daily seizures. She said: “Art has taught me that it’s okay to be unique. It has helped me accept that my journey looks different but I can still follow my creative passions.”

Bloom runs until July 20. No.42 is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm.

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