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Winter Open Exhibition

Saturday January 11th – Thursday March 5th 2020 10am to 5:00pm daily

Gallery Forty5 are delighted to welcome three brand new artists to exhibit in our downstairs gallery. 

Val Roskell Payton lives in the hamlet of Hazon, literally just up the road. She recently had a very successful weekend at Alnmouth Arts Festival and we are very please to have her colourful work in Gallery Forty 5

Val works quickly and intuitively, allowing energy to run so that lines and colours might capture some essence of a person or place, reveal some lingering trait. The countryside and culture around her is a constant source of curiosity. She likes to experiment with materials and is happy when a final image suggests as much as it states.

Jacqueline Larsen‘s current practice is based on the exploration of her roots, the land, and the history of her home, Northumbria; she feels that the majestic landscape, the unspoilt rugged coastline, all are timeless and yet heavy with the stories and legends of the past. 

 Gillian Apthorpe is an artist who has always loved wildlife, especially birds, which are a favourite subject.

Originally from East Lothian, Scotland, Gillian and her husband have now settled in Northumberland with their family.  Gillian’s interest in landscape and wildlife combined with her love of art at a young age and she was able to follow these passions whilst attending school, where her love of art led her to Central St Martins college of Art in London, then a degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University, where wildlife and birds were never far away.


Nick Potter Exhibition

1 January 2020-11 March 2020 in the Long Room

Originally from Derbyshire and a regular at Gallery Forty5, Nick’s lively and colourful work is always worth a view.  Recently, Nick was featured in an article in The Sunday Times in a piece about Geordie actor Robson Green.  Robson said that his painting of a croft was his most treasured possession!


Sea and Shore:  Coastal Stories

March 7th – April 30th 2020

We are delighted to welcome back Sarah O’Dowd who has been a featured artist at the gallery for several years. Her theme for this exhibition centres around the beautiful Northumbrian coast and she will be showing mainly her new work.
Joining her is Ami Plastow with her ‘acid patination prints’. Mainly featuring flora and fauna, Ami’s work is both eye catching and interesting. As well as original framed brass plates Ami also produces cards, homewares and a range of prints. We look forward to welcoming her to the gallery for the first time.

Through the Seasons

Eta Ingham-Lawrie Weaving exhibition

March 14th –May 13th 2020 in the Long Room

In 1985 Eta relocated to Wales and, since 1986, has been giving courses in weaving and natural dyeing nationally and at the Trigonos Centre in Nantlle, North Wales, as well as giving demonstrations to groups and guilds and continuing her freelance work, all of which she remains involved with since relocating to the Scottish Borders in 2010.

Since 1964 Eta has taken part in many group exhibitions both in the British Isles and overseas, and has had over forty solo exhibitions. Her work has gone to private and public buildings and collections in Britain, Europe and internationally.

She will be teaching a workshop on March 21st in conjunction with Fine Fettle Fibres so contact Judith if you would like more information.


Mixed Media- 3 Js

Saturday 2nd May –  Thursday 28th May 2020 10:00 – 5:00 daily

 The artists Jackie Hill, Judith Herdman and Julia Chandler term themselves the 3 Js. Working in mixed media their work reflects the beauty of Northumberland




The Brothers Gillespie

Thursday, May 28th 2020  7:30pm

Doors open at 7pm

The Brothers Gillespie are a traditional folk song duo from Northumberland, whose music combines searing sibling vocal harmony with arrangements of guitar, fiddle, mandolin and shruti box. Their repertoire spans material from Scotland, Northumberland, England, Ireland, the traveler tradition, border ballads and their own compositions. Strongly rooted in place, they descend beneath the national boundaries to find the common ground beneath us and to draw new power in the retelling of our histories. In their music you can hear the voice of this land and feel the power of the deep Celtic taproot that lies beneath.

All tickets £10 

Refreshments available

Morpeth Art Group in the Long Room

 15th May – 26th June 2020 10:00 – 5:00 daily

The Morpeth Art Group (MAG) is an enthusiastic group of amateur artists that have shared their love of painting for over 20 years. We are delighted that they have chosen to exhibit with us this year!



Influences From the East

Saturday May 30th – July 2nd 2020 Daily 10 am- 5pm 

A  new venture for Gallery Forty5, we welcome two new artists; Gillian Arkley, who works mainly in textiles, and calligrapher Dr Chun-Chao Chou. 


David Crawford in the Long Room

27th June – 6th August 2020 Daily 10 am- 5pm 

Photographer David Crawford returns for another stunning exhibition of his photographs.



Pegswood Art Initiative in the Long Room

 8th August 2020 Daily 10 am- 5pm 

A mostly self-led friendly group of mixed abilities using Watercolour, acrylic, pen & ink, pastel and charcoal will be bringing their work to Felton.  More information coming soon!



Saturday July 4th – Thursday 3rd September 2020 daily 10am until 5:00pm

We are looking forward to some wonderful work being shown in our Main Gallery this summer by a range of artists both new to the gallery and old favourites. Nick Potter, working mainly in acrylics will undoubtedly include some eye catching and thoughtful work as well as his quirky landscapes for which he is known.

Kate Slaughter Textiles

 September 2020 daily 10am until 5:00pm in the Long Room

After a very popular exhibition in 2019, Kate returns with her amazing creations in textiles.  She is inspired by the beauty of Northumberland and loves nature, especially flowers.

“Fabric scraps and mixed media create the foundations for my embroidery; hand dyed fabrics are used to create the textures and hand dyed threads are embroidered into my work to add definition using both machine and hand embroidery.

The heart of my work is created from very small pieces that are joined together to create a rugged background texture, this represents how our lives are crammed with many things that we should bring together to enhance the quality of life.”


Saturday September 5th – Thursday November 5th 2020 daily 10am – 5:00 pm

We are very pleased to be hosting an exhibition featuring the unique work of pastel artist, Fiona Carvell.



Saturday November 7th 2020 – Thursday January 7th 2021 daily 10:00 – 5:00

We are looking forward to presenting a range of wonderful work in this exhibition, all of it priced competitively in the run up to Christmas.

Featuring work from artists working in a range of medium from textiles to oils there will be something for every taste and budget.

Affordable Art

Saturday December 1st 2018 11:00 am
Thursday Jan 10th 2019 5:00 pm

Just in time for Christmas! This exhibition boasts a range of quality art of all genres but all priced under a hundred pounds.

More details of artists participating will follow.