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Technicolour Exhibition to go on display at Tullie House

Carlisle Castle (Paul Leith)
Carlisle Castle (Paul Leith)

[A] colourful exhibition of works featuring well-known Carlisle landmarks is being displayed for the first time at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Paul Leith: Technicolour Carlisle, opens at the end of the month, and will display a collection of Paul’s felt works of Carlisle including the Cathedral, Civic Centre and Fisher Street.

Carlisle residents will be all too familiar with the colourful work of artist Paul Leith.  His colourful mural of Carlisle town centre has revitalised the underpass to Bitts Park at Hardwicke Circus and his energetic work can also be seen at Hammond’s Pond in the City.

Paul Leith at work
Paul Leith at work

Born in South Shields, Paul trained at Sunderland College of Art and the Royal College of Art before working as an illustrator in London.  He has created work for some of the biggest brands including Radio Times and British Rail.  Former Tutor Sir Quentin Blake described his work as ‘an unusual talent which manages to convey atmospheres of retro art along with a personal voice.’

Jill Goodfellow, Exhibition and Events Coordinator at Tullie House Museum is looking forward to the colourful pieces coming to the gallery “visitors will get to see an alternative view of the city as seen through Paul’s eyes.”

Visitors to the exhibition can also take inspiration from Paul’s creativity with a large activity area in the gallery to encourage people of all ages to create their own pieces of art.

A programme of activities for families during May half term has been inspired by the exhibition with free drop-in sessions taking place between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Paul Leith himself will be on hand at Saturday’s session to create a new mural at Tullie House Museum.

Carlisle Centre (Paul Leith)
Carlisle Centre (Paul Leith)
Belah Crescent (Paul Leith)
Belah Crescent (Paul Leith)

The exhibition also includes a retrospective of commercial works from 1966 until the late 1990s and the documentary ‘Leith’ created by local filmmakers BOSC Productions which explores Paul’s journey from illustration creation to making art.

Paul Leith: Technicolour Carlisle opens on Saturday 27th May and runs until Sunday 1st October 2017.  Some of the works included will be available to purchase.

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