10 postcards for blimey X


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These are the 10 postcards selected from over 200 that we received to our blimey X call out which will be reproduced and available for visitors to pick up from our exhibition on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July.

The selected artists include; Tim McNeilly, Jonny Lancaster, Sharon Simpson, Richard Collier, Carole Thorne, Nicola Golightly, Charity Waistell, James D Robinson, Stephen Muzynski and Stephen Hardy.

Here’s a bit of information about each one –


Tim McNeilly The blimey! Colouring Book image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The blimey! colouring book

Artist – Tim McNeilly

Medium – Hand drawn and stencilled design, digitised and printed

Description – A page from a fictional blimey! colouring book. From Detournement ‘turning expressions of the capitalist system against itself’ to buying colouring books in the hope of attaining ‘mindfulness’

Jonny Lancaster See Darlington by Train image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – See Darlington by train

Artist – Jonny Lancaster

Medium – Digital

Description – A homage to the vintage train art of yesteryear


Sharon Simpson Three's a crowd image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – Three’s a crowd

Artist – Sharon Simpson

Medium – Acrylic

Description – Based on Kio Carp at Butterfly World, Preston Park


Richard Collier The New Feethams Development image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The new Feethams development

Artist – Richard Collier

Medium – Photograph


Carole Thorne The Gathering image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The Gathering

Artist – Carole Thorne

Medium – Mixed media – collage, acrylic and laquer spray

Description – Images are magazine cut-outs, rearranged to create the illusion of an art event


Nicola Golightly Slavutych colour study image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – Slavutych colour study

Artist – Nicola Golightly

Medium – Digital print on embossed paper

Description – Duotone experimental piece. Colour study of Slavutych satellite town, Ukraine


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Title – Jewelled Trail

Artist – Charity Waistell

Medium – Textile

Description – Based on Darlington’s heritage trail. Painted, embroidered and historic monuments picked out in ‘jewelled’ beads.


James D Robinson blimey postcard image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – blimey! postcard

Artist – James D Robinson

Medium – Digital

Description – Art as a reflection of the real world


Stephen Muszynski Three Girls image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – Three Girls

Artist – Stephen Muszynski (of the Community Arts Group)

Medium – Felt pen


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Title – Blue Figures

Artist – Steven Hardy (of the Community Arts Group)

Medium – Felt pen


We’ll have 200 of each so make sure that you visit the exhibition to collect your favourite and of course see the original artwork in person.

From these 10 we’ll select one artist to receive the ‘blimey!’ prize of £500. The public vote taken during the two day exhibition will be between all works shown and will be awarded a further £500.

All copyright belongs with the artists, please do not reproduce without permission


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Announcing the blimey X exhibition

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, 10am – 4pm

The Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington

blimey X  is a 2 day exhibition marking the 10th year of this Darlington-based artist collective.

Work includes over 200 postcard sized artwork from over 100 artists from near and far, including; Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Co.Durham, Leeds, Cumbria, Northumberland, Manchester, Sheffield, Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle and Switzerland.

10 of these artworks have been selected to be reproduced and printed as commemorative postcards which will be available free to visitors during the exhibition.

Two of the works will also receive a prize of £500 each. One being selected by the blimey collective and the other via a public vote.  Every visitor to the exhibition will be invited to vote for the work they wish to receive the prize, and the results of this public selection will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

See our Facebook event here

The exhibition is free and everyone is welcome

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June’s Artist Talk with Roberto Picciau

Thanks to Roberto Picciau for an enlightening artist talk and great to hear all about the Zabludowicz Collection Master Class.

We won’t be having an artist talk in the first week of July as we’ll be installing our blimey X exhibition, which will be open to the public on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, between 10am and 4pm in The Cornmill Centre, Darlington (shop unit next door to HMV).

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Anti-Austerity event on Monday

Artist Louise Graham of Waking up to Climate Change has an event coming up at The Forum Music with Darlington Film Club.
Louise is also currently inviting the public to visit a Navigator North pop up art space in The Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington where visitors can get hands on with art and find out more about Louise’s work. Open until Wed 31st May between 10am and 3pm.
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Venue: The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington. DL1 1SG

Date: Monday 5th June

Time: 5.30pm – 11.00 pm

Cost: Free entry, if you would like to , please make a donation to Kings Church Foodbank on the evening

5.30 -7.00 pm – Pop-up cafe from Refuse, serving delicious vegetarian and vegan food from ingredients rescued from being wasted. You Pay As You Feel (PAYF), so you pay what you can afford or what you think the meal is worth…
7.00 pm Doors open for film. Introduction to the evening and talk by Kings Church foodbank

7.15 pm Performance poet and political activist Matt Abbott (see https://mattabbottpoet.com/biog/ for more info),

7.45 pm Screening of the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’.

9.30 pm Political comedian John Scott (see: https://johnscottcomedy.com/)

11.00 pm Close
For further info visit the Facebook event page here

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June Artist Talk with Roberto Picciau

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Join us at Vesuvio Wines, 3A Houndgate Darlington, Co Durham on  7th June from 7.30pm when Roberto Picciau will be discussing his experience of attending the recent Master Class at the renowned Zabludowicz Collection in London, and how this experience has affected his work and also new attitudes that are important for any artist to cultivate.

Roberto Picciau is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the North East of England. As a young emerging artist Picciau is interested in the creative process, the common karma associated with that process and also the shifting identity of the maker through their work.

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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 www.visionsinthread.com

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.

Stephen Wiper

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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