With sweeping open beaches overlooked by castles, big open skies, rolling green countryside and a romantic appeal to rival almost anywhere in the world, Northumberland is a truly inspiring place to live and work for artists and photographers. There are so many striking images of our landscapes, people and way of life your only bug bear will be choosing a favourite. These wonderful art forms can be viewed and purchased from our many gift shops, galleries and exhibitions across the County.
For a taste of culture, creativity and countryside why not pay a visit to Kirharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Capability Brown and home to many artists and craftmakers who produce and sell their goods from this rural hub. You can get everything at Kirkharle from the contemporary to the classical, whether it is an artisan gift, hand-crafted jewellery, vintage clothing, animal casts and prints and a wide variety of gifts, prints, drawings and sculptures. And after all that shopping, a well-deserved lunch or afternoon cream tea in the Kirkharle Coffee Shop is a real treat!
If it’s something more specific you’re after, many of our artists are represented through Network, an organisation with more than 180 members across the County. These artists embody a wide range of disciplines including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, calligraphy, paper making, jewellery, graphic design, bookbinding, glassmaking and installation pieces.
In June, July and December Network artists host the annual Art Tour, giving visitors a chance to sneak a look into the lives, homes and studios of some amazing artists, perhaps to buy a unique piece of artwork direct from the maker. For more information about Network artists and The Art Tour go to www.networkartists.org.uk.