Folowing the demise of the local steel industry around Teesside in the North East of England the Palace Art Gallery is showing an exhibition dedicated to steel. Opening hours:Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday,10-4, Thursday CLOSED, Friday, Saturday,10-4, Sunday 12-4 . Andress: Palace Arts CIC, The Palace Hub,28-29, Esplanade, Redcar TS10 3AE the exhibition runs till March 13th.
I have three works of art included. The above is called “Decay”. It is a collage of rusting steel, slag and a broken, refired piece of glass fused with metal oxides, metal foil and mesh.
This piece is called “Target” as I feel the industry was sacrificed and nothing was done to save it. It is a collage of rusty metal out of which another artist fashioned a Middlesbrough lion giving the outline framing for the shattered glass with its image of the closed down steel works, locked up with a rusty chain and lock .
This is called “Memorial Window for an Ailing Industry”. It is collaged from a broken stained glass window, a broken re-fired bit of glass fused with metal oxides, metal slag, a screen printed sheet of glass and bitumen looking like a cross between a black industrial cloud and a mushroom cloud. It was originally made when the industry first got in trouble a few years ago.