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When I’m not blowing about on windy clifftops this Winter, I’m often to be found in a museum.  It was pure chance that took me into my local art gallery in Hartlepool this week.  So unprepared was I that I didn’t even have my camera with me!  It’s no longer a catastrophe when I have my phone handy, but I do have to apologise for the quality of the photos.

Inspire is an exhibition comprised of wire mesh sculptures and photographs of local athletes, or aspiring ones.  It was the efforts of the disabled nephew of a friend of mine, competing in a local triathlon with his Dad, that brought the venture to my attention.  As often happens, I was delighted with what I found.

Suspended beneath the timbered ceiling

Suspended beneath the timbered ceiling

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Diving gracefully floorwards

And into the light

And into the light

Michelle Castles is the lady responsible for the life-sized mesh sculptures.  She graduated from the University of Sunderland and it’s always good to see local talent so beautifully showcased.

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Hartlepool Art Gallery lives in what was formerly Christ Church, and is a lovely venue in itself. You may remember Follow the Herring, an extraordinary exhibition of knitting I showed you last year? It’s always worth looking in on a museum.  You never know what you might find.

I’m linking to Paula’s Thursday Special again today.  Her theme is multi-coloured and I’m thinking that I’ve just got enough colour here to get away with it.



    1. I didn’t have any choice but to use the phone, Amy! 🙂 Well, I could go back and I probably will because it’s there till March, but I love ‘spur of the moment’ 🙂

  1. What beautiful art works and what wonderful achievements to celebrate in art – I’m glad you bought this exhibition to our attention.

  2. The artistic flair and imagination of people that are so creative never fails to amaze me Jo. I always make a bee-lone for art galleries and museums and this one you have shown us is outstanding.

  3. this is some very cool art – and with the turquoise and purples – as well s those windows in the back – creative take on the multicolored theme – ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. I love these sculptures Jo they are so unusual and effective – very creative! You do visit some wonderful museums and galleries right up my street! I have another post this week that qualifies as a walk and also has a link to an art gallery too so thought I would send it to you as a contribution to your Monday Walk. It’s about the heritage trail in South Perth and follows on nicely from my zoo posts though changing tack no animals this week (though I’ve had a lot of fauna the last couple of weeks!). Here is the link – Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

    1. Life’s strange sometimes, Sammy! I was on a mission to do something totally mundane. Passing by the church I remembered that there’s a new exhibition, without any idea of what I would see. Gobsmacked! 🙂

  5. I am amazed at what you find ‘oop north’ my friend. I’m thinking that I need a fortnight’s holiday in Hartlepool. I think it is time you wrote a book called “Jo’s Walks” where you can add these interesting places to visit. I’d buy it!

    1. I’ll look out for a little B & B on the Headland with a sea view, Jude 🙂 🙂 I had no idea that the exhibition would be so amazing. I was looking for a photo of my friend’s nephew (which I didn’t find so I’ll probably go back 🙂 )
      The book thing? I’d love to but you might be the only buyer 🙂 The truth is that everybody has stuff on their doorstep, Jude. You just have to go looking. I’m an incurable nosy 🙂

    1. I would have liked my camera for these, Meg, but I don’t know if the shots would have been any better. I have a bit of a shaky hand and it’s not easy to hold the phone steady. There was a moving light playing over the sculptures to make them ‘move’, so I did the best I could. Love the mesh figures! 🙂

    1. Funnily enough, it’s my local church from when I was a kid and occasionally went to Sunday School there. My but it’s changed! 🙂 But I love how it’s been resurrected after standing empty for years.

  6. Absolutely stunning these…never seen anything quite like it. You have some amazing exhibits your way Jo and your photos capture them so wonderfully 🙂

    1. It was completely unexpected, Sherri (hence the lack of camera). The Art Gallery stands there majestically and most times I whizz straight past, but I remembered there was a new exhibition… et voila! It was a lovely surprise 🙂

  7. Absolutely – colour and light and a captured movement – so much like you 🙂 Thank you, Jo. Don’t worry about the quality of photos – I like them!

  8. I love museums myself (art and otherwise) and it’s always astonishing to me the variety of creativity you will find… humans can be amazing.

  9. What great artistic talent this lady has … she must have studied the human form over endless hours and hours . I love it when old buildings have new life breathed into them for such exhibitions and galleries . Oh … but you didn’t show us a view from the top Jo 😉
    Just shows you how good phone camera are !

    1. I’m not good at ‘keeping still’, Poppy, so the phone is very hit and miss for me but it was worth a try. I have actually shown you the view from the roof of Christ Church as I remember and you can’t get much higher than that 🙂

  10. Oh, this is pure magic, Jo. Sometimes another human’s invention and creativity just takes one’s breath away. And this is one of those moments. Thank you for showing us these wonderful ethereal beings. Inspiring they truly are.

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