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8 February 24

Exhibition Review: Spirit of Place by Casper Bingham

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Casper Bingham, a young person who recently visited Queen’s Hall to see Angela Allaway’s Spirit of Place exhibition, shares his thoughts and explains why you should make time to see the exhibition...

When I walked into the Spirit of Place exhibition at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham, my first thought was “Wow this is amazing”. I was greeted by eleven oil paintings of woodlands by artist Angela Allaway.

Angela came to Northumberland and has studied painting and has completed a residency at the 2,500 acre National Trust Woodland at the Ashridge estate. She said: “The woodland has always been my shelter from many a storm”.

Katy Taylor, Artistic Director at Queen’s Hall Arts, explained how social media had played its part in this exhibition: “We first discovered Angela on social media where she shares her work on Instagram, she is very talented”.

My personal favourite? Well, I couldn’t make my mind up between, Spring and Snow at Whittle Dene. Spring makes me feel peaceful, calm, and mellow whilst Snow at Whittle Dene makes me feel warm, cosy and free.

Angela’s paintings are incredible but don’t take my word for it. Visitors’ comments have included “I’ve never seen so many beautiful paintings”, “Very talented and inspiring” and “majestic and magnificent”.

Angela’s exhibition is on until 9 March 2024 for further details visit this page or take a look at @angela_allaway_art on Instagram.

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