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Influences From the East

June 25th – July 29th 2021

 We are delighted to welcome two new artists; Gillian Arkley and Chun-Chao Chiu who have combined their unique work for this joint exhibition.

Chun-Chao Chiu

Chun-Chao is skilled in several different art forms, traditional Chinese brush painting, oil painting, watercolour, drawing, print making and contemporary installation practice. He is also a papermaker.

The natural environment around Chun-Chao provides much inspiration and at present, print and Chinese brush painting are the forms, which he chooses to express his ideas of his living surroundings.


 Gillian Arkley

Those who know Gillian’s work will know that she is a creative and skilled textile artist. This exhibition is a celebration and reflection on the way Japanese design has influenced her work since her first visit to Japan in 1996. Most of the pieces of work include SASHIKO stitching which began as a simple running stitch to hold layers of cloth together. Patterns developed over time inspired by the local environment. Another feature she uses is BORO, a patch and mend technique used when every scrap of cloth was precious.

During a visit to West Bengal, India in 2019 Gillian was able to investigate KANTHA stitching, another technique with make do and mend beginnings that has now been developed for haute couture.

This exhibition highlights the flamboyant colours of Indian cloth and how they contrast with rich Japanese indigos. 


Through the Seasons

Eta Ingham-Lawrie Weaving exhibition

July 3rd –August 5th 2021 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 in conjunction with Fine Fettle Fibres so contact Judith if you would like more information.


Masked Media; Facing the Future

Monday April 12th –  Thursday 2nd July 2021 10:30 – 4:30 daily

In this exhibition, a diverse and stunning collection of face masks produced by local artists from the North East has been brought together. Created from a wide variety of materials and each with its own story to tell, this is an attempt to represent the plethora of ways in which individuals have dealt with the everyday challenges lockdown has  entailed. 

Themes explored in this exhibition include creative expression and frustration, inspiration from the past, the healing powers of nature and the importance of resilience in the face of adversity. 

Art has been a lifeline for many over the course of the pandemic. Even as arts funding is being stripped away and creative industries left by the government to wither away, creativity has endured, and the arts have helped many of us survive this past gruelling year.

The humble face mask has come to represent many things for many people, and the gallery hopes that within this exhibition you will find a story that connects to your experiences. Looking to the future, we should all hope for a world where there is more room for community, communication and connection.

Further contributions have been welcomed and it is hoped that this inspiring exhibition will go on to be hung in other venues, further afield.


Lino Print Workshop

Saturday, July 2nd 2021  10:30 – 3:30


Influences From the East

Saturday June 26th – July 29th 2021 Daily 10:30 am- 4:30pm 

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


Fiona Carvell; Solo Pastel Exhibition

10th July – 2nd September 2021 Daily 10:30 am- 4:30pm 

We look forward to the hugely talented Fiona Carvell joining us again. A workshop will also take place during the course of this exhibition.


Pegswood Art Initiative in the Long Room

 7th -27th  August 2021 Daily 10:30 am- 4:30 pm 

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 October 2nd – Thursday 4th November 2021 daily 10:30 am until 4:30pm

We look forward to this collection of textiles from highly respected group ‘Twynne’

Helen Poremba Textiles

 6th November 2021 – 7th January 2022 daily 10:30 am until 4:30pm 

We are delighted to welcome back Helen Poremba with a new exhibition. Helen 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.


Free Motion Embroidery Workshop

With Helen Poremba

Saturday November 13th &  Saturday November 20th 2021 10:30am – 3:30 pm

We look forward to working alongside Helen who will be conducting two free motion workshops to coincide with her exhibition. Details to follow.


Saturday November 27th 2021 11:00 – 5:00

We are looking forward to our Christmas Fair this year after last year’s cancellation.  A range of wonderful work will be at the gallery from creative and talented artists and crafts people.

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