Meet the Artists Exhibiting at Living North's Christmas Fair
Living North's Christmas Fair is back at Newcastle Racecourse (26th-29th October)
Emily Ward Art
North Shields-based artist Emily has painted murals, commissions and her artwork can be seen across the North East. Her instantly recognisable paintings and prints are inspired by iconic landmarks and landscapes across the UK, as well as those close to home. Her range of gifts have been produced from her original artwork.
High Force canvas print, £89
Specialising in handcrafted homewares featuring designs inspired by the natural world, Darlington-based founder of Kilday&Co, Alice Kilday produces collections originating from photography, drawings and paintings of flora and fauna, agate and other natural forms. Each of her designs has a story, and is inspired by various locations around the world. Find out more about Alice and her work here.
Carlotta Electric cushion, £39.50
Northumberland pyrography business Charred Wood use their natural surroundings as inspiration for their free-hand designs which are burnt into wood. They get kiln-dried wood from the Scottish Borders and hand-pick hardwoods with interesting grain and character.
Northumberland wall decoration, POA
Mary Ann Rogers
Northumberland-based artist Mary Ann paints in watercolour from her studio surrounded by the wild Northumbrian hills, and it’s the wildlife in these hills and her own menagerie in her garden that feature heavily in her work, which is exhibited in select galleries throughout the UK, and features in private collections worldwide.
Oriental Poppies original painting, £1,600
Jarrow-based JT Workshop produces a unique range of personalised laser cut gifts. Their gifts vary from wooden engraved personalised boxes, house signage and home décor, to seasonal gifts and wedding items. All their raw materials are sourced from the UK and the wooden boxes have been custom made abroad specifically for JT Workshop. Read our interview here.
Horse Head solar light, £20
Sue Fenlon Art
Sue is based in Amble and her work reflects nature through the seasons and the changes they bring (represented through her use of colour and texture). From pretty flowers to dramatic countryside and coastal scenes, her work is varied – and she has new additions for 2023.
Shoreline Rockpools giclée print, from £42
Sam Wood Art
Newcastle-born Sam Wood paints mainly in oil and is inspired by everyday surroundings – most notably the people and architecture of Newcastle. Most impressively, he even paints paintings within paintings – for example in Mul’s Piece and Viewing Monet.
Figures in the Laing print, from £39
Rhianne Siân Designs
Rhianne Johnson, from Durham, set up her own illustration and surface pattern design business to sell her work inspired by the architecture, wildlife and landscapes around her. All designs incorporate her own illustrations which are digitally developed to add various layers of detail, colour and texture. Read our interview here.
Durham AGA cover, £16.50
Robert Myers Art
North Shields artist Robert has a background in computer graphics but has always enjoyed painting. He’s best known for his series of City paintings, specifically those of Newcastle, and the North Eastern landscapes around him provide him with his inspiration.
Shields Nocturne print, £80
Jane Charles Studio Glass
Newcastle-based Jane Charles is one of the last independent glass makers in the North East. With more than 40 years’ experience using the traditional blown hot glass method, she makes unique perfume bottles, vases, sculptural forms and bowls. Read our interview with Jane here.
Aperture bottle, enquire for price
Newcastle-based Katherine is inspired by nature. She handmakes delicate wire flowers and displays them in frames, glass bottles and resin. Each flower is made with black coated copper wire, twisted and knotted, and some are coloured with ink. Katherine also sells hand-drawn floral greetings cards.
Handmade wire flowers in glass bottle, £12
Darren Mundy Art
From his home studio in Whitley Bay, Darren creates paintings and prints that are recognised across the UK and beyond. He works in acrylics and uses a vivid colour palette to form his trademark contrast of light and dark. Many of his pieces are available as jigsaws and on coasters and greetings cards too.
The Journey Part One: The Adventure Begins giclée print, £170
Jessica Donnelly Studio
Jessica lives by the North East coast and creates enchanting folklore-inspired home décor using various mediums including fine-liner pens, drawing ink, acrylic paint and graphite. Having always loved art, she only took the leap to go full time last year and is already proving hugely successful.
The Garden Ghost, from £25