Announcing blimey X Artist Call Out

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blimey! are inviting artists to submit a postcard sized 2D artwork to celebrate the 10th year of the Darlington based artist collective in 2017.

All suitable submitted artworks will be shown in a two day exhibition in July in Darlington town centre as part of our events to mark our 10th birthday. 10 artworks will be selected to be reproduced and printed as commemorative postcards which will be available during the exhibition.

As part of this opportunity two prizes of £500 each will be awarded for two selected artworks, one selected by the blimey! collective and the other by a public vote.

Artists can submit up to 3 artworks including; painting, photography, digital art, textiles, collage etc… All artworks should be 2D and A6 measuring 105 × 148 mm or 4.13 × 5.83 inches. There is no charge to submit artwork to this exhibition.

Download our further information and submission form – blimey X Postcard exhibition submission form


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May Artist Talk

For our May artist talk we’ll be at Greenfield Arts in Newton Aycliffe on Wed 3rd May from 6.30pm. The talk by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick will be part of the opening night of an exhibition of new work by Helen titled Antinomies.

To see more of Helen’s work visit

Antinomy is a contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable; a paradox. Life is full of contraries, contradictions, contrasts and complements. They can be at odds with one another or enhance each other. This exhibition explores a range of such juxtapositions and brings them together in one place. Opposites will be compared and contrasted, placing them next to each other for impact. The large will be next to the small, the sky over the sea, the black next to the white and under the ground next to above the ground – Helen Winthorpe Kendrick



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blimey! visit this week

This week we will be supporting The Bridge in Darlington by attending their celebrations for the future of the building and the newly formed charity which will run there. The evening will also feature the opening of two exhibitions by Paul Dillon with live music by Paul and friends.

Join us at The Bridge on Friday 7th April from 7pm (please note there will not be a meeting on Wednesday 5th April as we are attending this event as a collective instead).

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March meeting


Join us on Wednesday 1st March from 7.30pm to find out more about our plans for the year and how we’ll be running our artist talks.

From now on our meetings will no longer be held at Darlington Working Men’s Club, who have been fantastic over the past couple of years in letting us use their upstairs function room. However recent changes to their opening times have forced us to rethink where and how we hold our meetings.

Our next meeting in March, will be held upstairs at The William Stead – Wetherspoons pub on Crown Street, Darlington.

Future meetings and plans for artist talks will be posted via this blog. Please sign up to receive new posts by following this blog if you haven’t already and would like further news and updates.

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1st artist talk of 2017

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Our first artist talk of the year will take place at Greenfield Arts in Newton Aycliffe on Wed 8th February from 6.30pm. The talk by Stephen Wiper will be part of the opening night of an exhibition of new work by Stephen titled My Grand Tour.

This exhibition consists of new work, paintings, etchings and drawings, created since 2014, inspired by various ingredients including my environment, the way people leave a mark on places, music I’ve listened to whilst working, exhibitions I’ve seen, photographs snapped on walks and books and postcards containing works I admire by particular artists.  The work explores various things and tests different approaches.  I’d not explored acrylic paint and medium before this exhibition or created an exhibition and had previously been rather more traditional in my painting technique, not experimenting so much.

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The evening will include the auction of two paintings – one for the 700 Club charity and one for the Bridge Centre for Visual Arts charity in Darlington.


Please note this talk does not take place on the first Wed of February as is usual and we will not be holding a meeting at Darlington Central Working Mens Club on Wed 1st February.

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No January meeting


A happy new year to everyone, please note that there  will be no blimey! meeting in January.

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December Artist Talk – Michaela Wetherell


Wednesday 7th December  | 7.30pm – Darlington Central Club, 7 Beaumont St, Darlington DL1 5RN

Join us for our December Artist Talk when Michaela Wetherell will be talking about her current Crown Street Gallery exhibition, Tell Her Story, which looks creatively at the images of unknown women in the Darlington Borough Art Collection and considers what they are saying to us now.

We look forward to seeing you there and joining us afterwards for a Christmas drink, or two!

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