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A new art exhibition in Amble explores climate change and the landscape. 

Art exhibition Rooted opened at the Dovecote Centre in Amble on Saturday, with a brilliant launch event.

Rooted focuses on the climate crisis as a central theme, and each piece explores a link to the landscape. Curated by Luke McTaggart and with work from 18 artists including Katherine Renton, Jim Donnelly and Anna Chapman Parker, the exhibition is supported by the Northumberland Coast National Landscape. Entry is free and it’s on until 1 June.

Plus, a series of events are planned for Saturday 25th May, to coincide with the first day of the Amble Puffin Festival. These include free workshops and an evening panel discussion featuring the artists, as well as readings from Rooted writer-in-residence, Amble poet Ali Rowland.

Explaining the significance of the partnership between the artists and the Northumberland Coast National Landscape, Luke McTaggart said: “The National Landscape does a lot of work to mitigate against the localised impacts of climate change and we feel art is another tool in that armoury. I hope visitors will leave the exhibition having been challenged and ultimately uplifted by the work on the display, with a new perspective on the world around us.”

Also on the exhibition team is Amble photographer Jim Donnelly whose photograph ‘Northumberland Flood Plain’ was picked as the Overall Winner out of over 200 artworks on display at the Annual Woodhorn Museum Open Exhibition. A colour version of this image can be seen on the Rooted poster.

The art on display includes Nevill Wilson’s photograph of chewed-up dog balls found on beaches in the Northumberland Coast National Landscape. At the launch event we were told that less waste is now available to capture, thanks to our Conservation Team’s beach cleans!

Other pieces within the line-up are Luke McTaggart’s spring landscape of the river valley at Morwick, William Heard’s painting of the causeway at Lindisfarne and Kittie Jones’s mixed media piece of birds on the coastline.

This innovative exhibition is a welcome addition to Amble, and well worth a visit while it’s on.

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Luke McTaggart and Sarah Winlow at Rooted

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18 June 2024

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