Jack’s work is start of new gallery line-up

Jack Whitewell at work.
Jack Whitewell at work.

The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth launches a new programme of exhibitions and workshops this weekend.

They feature a collection of etchings by talented young artist Jack Whitwell, currently in his final year at the University of Newcastle.

Jack is one of the few traditional copper plate, photogravure artists in the UK and hopes to gain a place at the Royal College of Art.

His large-scale, black and white, coastal images are created by taking photographs using a large format film camera, then etching the image onto copper plates using acids. This results in stunning, atmospheric scenes that record the form, texture and tone of the landscape.

Jack emphasises that his work is about capturing the impermanence of a coastline that is always changing.

Gallery owner Dale Maloney said: “We are always looking for new talent and fresh approaches to capturing the Northumberland coastline so we are delighted Jack has created these works for an exhibition. The pieces are fascinating and well worth seeing.”

There will also be a range of printmaking workshops, beginners’ weaving session and an observational sketchbook weekend.

See www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Jack’s work will be on show from Saturday until May 4.