Views from the Happy Hunting Ground

A new art exhibition – Views from the Happy Hunting Ground – is currently running at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on the North Shields Quayside in North Tyneside, UK.  The exhibition explores the work of artists – past and present – who are particularly associated with North Shields.

The show illustrates how the town’s fishing industry, the River Tyne, and North Shields’ ‘Low Town’ area have inspired artists from the 19th century to the present day.

The exhibition includes paintings by Victor Noble Rainbird, John Wilson Carmichael, Thomas Swift Hutton, George Horton, John Falconar Slater, Robert Jobling, John Chambers and Tom Manson.

Many of the paintings have been loaned from private and public collections and have never been exhibited previously.

One of the many highlights of the exhibition is the opportunity to see J. W. Carmichael’s large and impressive oil painting The Mouth of the Tyne: The Whaler ‘Lady Jane’ (1847) which has been kindly loaned by The Port of Tyne.

The Views from the Happy Hunting Ground exhibition is presented by the Old Low Light Heritage Centre and has been curated by Dave Young.  Tynemouth Fine Art is delighted to be supporting the exhibition and has loaned several paintings to the exhibition.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 15 October 2017 at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, Clifford’s Fort, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE30 1JA and is open daily.  There is a £2 entrance charge to the Heritage Centre. Please note that the exhibition gallery is occasionally closed for private bookings and it is advisable to contact the Heritage Centre in advance to check opening times – please contact  The Old Low Light on 0191 257 4506 for further information.

The title for the exhibition is borrowed from the Tom Hadaway 1976 BBC Play for Today ‘The Happy Hunting Ground’ which is set on the North Shields Quay .

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available from the Heritage Centre.

The Mouth of the Tyne by John Wilson Carmichael
Front cover of the exhibition catalogue