Art and Design

Redcar’s Palace Arts Gallery continues its successful run

Mark Hickson, curator of the Palace Gallery.

A popular art gallery at the heart of the seafront in Redcar is celebrating its fourth birthday.

The Palace Arts Gallery, which opened in 2013 and is run by Mark and Nel Hickson, focuses on highlighting the talent of Teesside artists.

The art establishment showcases paintings, photographs and sculptures and aims to show the right blend of work from well-established artists and newcomers.

Mark, curator of the Palace Arts Gallery, said: “Art is something that brings together a community because it’s a culture that we all care about in one way or another.”

Artist Margaret Smith with her art piece at the Palace Gallery

“That’s why I felt it was important to bring something like this to Redcar, especially something that those in the local community can get involved with.”

Mark and Nel were inspired to open the gallery when they discovered there was no other place in Redcar for local artists to express their skills.

The featured artists also volunteer in their spare time to talk with and answer visitor questions about their art pieces.

Mark said: “I think it’s really important that any type of artist is given an opportunity to have a platform from their work and get the recognition for the talent. I always believe that’s one of the best things that the gallery offers, as well as amazing art work for people to enjoy.”

Mark and Nel, who run their own production company, Hickson Photography, also feature their own pieces of art in exhibitions.

The creative space has achieved phenomenal success since it opened with over 100 featured artists and an estimated 27,000 visitors in its first year alone.

With visiting figures increasing every year, the Palace Arts Gallery has firmly established itself as one of the popular attractions in Redcar.

TSide spoke to curator, Mark Hickson, about the universal appeal of art and why it is important for Redcar.

The Palace Arts gallery is open all week except Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, visit their website.



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