Regeneration by Martin Kinnear

22 January - 2 May 2022

The International award-winning Northern artist Martin Kinnear has produced Regeneration in response to the COVID pandemic.

It’s a powerful and moving take on the year the World came to a halt, about what happens when plans are cancelled, futures are placed in doubt and the life-affirming power of change.  It’s about beauty and hope and the restorative power of contemplation and features a 16-foot high animation at its centre, inspired by High Force waterfall in Teesdale.



It’s a humane and thoughtful artistic critique by the Wensley-based artist, who is nicknamed ‘Lefty’ after a stroke 15 years ago at the age of 35, which left him paralysed down his left side.  He took Paris by storm in 2018, scooping  the prestigious Medaille d’Argent at the Salon Des Beaux Art.



Regeneration Competition

The Regeneration Competition invited aspiring poets and artists of all ages across the country, to submit work on the theme of Regeneration in a competition to become part of the landmark exhibition Regeneration by the international award winning British painter Martin Kinnear which opens on 22 January 2022. The Covid pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives and the Museum is keen to offer everyone a chance to express creatively how it has affected them. 

There were three age categories in both competitions: 6-11, 12-17 and over 18. Contestants were asked to simply write a 45 line poem or create an artwork any size up to A1 and send them in. 

Here are all the artwork entries for the Regeneration Competition.