Top regional artists to showcase work

Venetian Regatta, by Harry Bell.
Venetian Regatta, by Harry Bell.

Atmospheric artwork by two celebrated, award-winning North East painters is going on show in a new exhibition at the Bailiffgate Museum.

The Alnwick venue is showcasing the creations by Harry Bell and Tony Montague.

Although they’ve known one another for many years, this will be their first joint display.

The work demonstrates their love of paint and their subject matter is an eclectic mix, ranging from atmospheric British landscapes to sunlit views of Venice and Greece, from still life to the Great North Run.

Bell and Montague were both born in Gateshead.

They have exhibited widely across the region and have built a great reputation, establishing themselves among the most regarded of local artists, winning many prizes and awards along the way.

Looking ahead to the display, which starts on Monday, museum trustee Jane Nolan MBE, said: “We are really excited about the exhibition. The artists are both fantastic and the images they produce are beautiful.

“We are delighted to be putting on the first joint exhibition that they have done.”

The exhibition runs until Monday, July 30.

Admission to the museum, which is open daily from 10am to 4pm, is £2.50 adults, £2 conc and U16s free. Family (2 adults/1 conc) is £6.70, or £7.60 for two adults and two conc.

For more information, contact 01665 605847, email or visit The current exhibition, with art and textiles by Helen Cowans, as well as a display about Alnwick’s Shrovetide Football Match, runs until Saturday.