Last chance to see Martin Kinnear's Regeneration exhibition
Last chance to see Martin Kinnear's Regeneration exhibition

Last chance to see Martin Kinnear's Regeneration exhibition

Last day open is Monday, 2 May

There are just a few days left to see the Regeneration exhibition at The Bowes Museum, the last day it's open to the public is on Monday, 2 May.

It's a powerful and moving response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the Wensley based disabled artist Martin Kinnear.

Kinnear spent two years creating this major exhibition which is about what happens when our plans are cancelled, our futures placed in doubt and our world stops.  It's about a year which changed our lives, a show about doubt and loss but also beauty, hope and the life-affirming power of change.

Painted specifically for the space in the Barnard Castle Museum's temporary exhibition hall, the show is made up of 13 pieces include four triptychs, nine works by competition winners as well as two by the comedian, novelist and artist, Jenny Eclair, and the tv producer and writer, Judith Holder. 

Visitors can walk through a four metre high animation that was inspired by High Force waterfall in Teesdale while listening to evocative music, intersperced with readings by the winners of the poetry competition.

They can also add what Regeneration means to them on an interactive wall in the gallery and discover what it means to others who have visited the exhibition.

Kinnear, 52, was born and raised in Nelson, Lancashire before becoming a successful advertising copywriter in the South. He suffered a catastrophic stroke at the age of 35, which paralysed the left side of his body. It was the epiphany that triggered a determination to become a professional painter.

In 2018 he was awarded the Medaille d’Argent at the Paris Salon, the salon of Monet, Picasso and The Bowes Museum's founder Joséphine Bowes. 

Regeneration closes at 5pm on Monday, 2 May 2022.

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