The latest Sunderland exhibition is a showcase for local artists

Mackie’s Corner, the building which hosted two commissioned exhibitions during the Tall Ships Races is currently hosting a Showcase for Local Sunderland Artists. The Sunderland Indie 20/20 VISION Exhibition.

The Exhibition being held at the Mackie’s Corner in the city centre is currently running from September 27 to October 13 will showcase the works of 20 members of Sunderland Indie in two three-week blocks with the second block of 10 being showcased until October 13.

The Creator of the exhibition Barrie West Said “The Project has taken over three years to come together. About two years ago I became more aware that there was a lot of talented artists who were just under the surface of credit”.

“Having just done a project at the time called the ‘All That we were saying’ International art project for peace, I noticed there was no room for local artists. We needed a place to showcase our work and I made the decision to contact private business who were interested” He Explained.

“I got contacted by Sunderland Culture around Easter time if I was interested in putting an exhibition on at Mackie’s Corner. They gave me two units for six weeks to showcase the work of 20 different artists. We have had 10 artists displayed and our second group of 10 are having the work showcased currently” He Said.

Alex Surtees, A full-time artist said “the work is the exhibition is from

Image of a collection of art work featureing LP covers
Using Covers in his work to show his love for vinyl

around two years ago and a lot of my ideas feed into each other with this piece of work is made with real LP covers in them. Vinyl has always been part of my life, and even when CD’s came out I kept hold of mine.”

a collection of pictures depecting the sea and the sky
A Selection of Alex’s work showing progression from the base of the sea to the sky

Explain his other showcased work he said “This work here is a montage of photos, a selection of pictures of the rocks, sea and sky. Giving the theme of progression throughout the work” as having progressed into being a full-time artist.

Alex is a former art teacher and a graduate of Sunderland University, having taught art for nearly 30 year before coming back to Sunderland to complete a fine art degree and going into art full time with an art gallery at the Spectrum Cultural Hub in Seaburn.

If you are Interested in this exhibition then pop along to Mackie’s Corner in Sunderland until October 13, the exhibition is open from 2PM to 5PM every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Or Check out Alex’s Website here or Barrie’s Website Here

This article originally ran on SR News and was written on Friday, October 5. Check out SR news here and read the original here.


If Esther McVey Wants All Teenagers To Have Summer Jobs, Then How About She Tries Looking For One

Esther McVey, The Work and Pensions Secretary has Boldly come out and said that teenagers need to get a summer job and focus less on education. Claiming that A summer job will help make young people more employable and ready for adulthood.

Yet, how can Esther McVey come out with that and not see the issue? The biggest issue with that is getting any form of a job, be that a part-time summer nor or even a full-time job is near impossible for those without any form of experience.

typically at the age of sixteen, you don’t have the most work experience possible. Not unless your school was able to run a work experience program or even a mentorship. even so with just a week of experience is not enough for some employers.

I didn’t do any work experience in secondary school, My school didn’t run any programs like that and even when in Further Education the opportunities to do work experience were incredibly slim. Not many companies would allow an under eighteen even shadow someone.

In the four years, I did in further education, only two years I was able to obtain a placement. With one not even being in my subject field. How Helpful was that placement then? Giving me hard skills that cannot cross over like the typical soft skills.

Then even if you weren’t able to get work experience, Getting any form of a job is impossible, going back to my first argument, in some sectors you cannot work until eighteen. Retail, Bar work and even labouring you cant work in until eighteen.

There’s a bigger risk to employers to hire sixteen-year-olds, More health and safety rules have to be applied for under sixteens, companies won’t risk damages to an under the legal age person.

I Spent this past year unemployed and looking for a job. How Successful was it? Applying for hundreds of jobs and only getting 5 interviews. I ended off taking a job as a packer through my Fathers workplace for three months.

So Esther McVey, If you want all teenagers to have a summer job then Why not you have a go at finding one, With zero help from your aids and assistants, Try actually going through the process before spouting stupid statements out of thin air.

Written By Jordan Dodds for Journaling Thoughts.