Exhibition by David Mulholland at Kirkleatham Museum

25th January 22nd June 2014

Following a hugely successful exhibition at the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough, the work of local artist David Mulholland is coming even closer to his home. The Kirkleatham Museum will be exhibiting a selection of Davids paintings and drawings, under the title Home, from 25 January to 22 June 2014.

David MulhollandMore than fifty thousand people many of whom suggested it was one of the best Art exhibitions ever held on Teesside visited the exhibition at the Dorman Museum. That exhibition offered a wide-ranging review of David's work. The Kirkleatham one, consisting mostly of work not previously shown, will focus more closely on his connection with his home environment. He spent six years studying Art in London, and two more travelling the world courtesy of the Seafarers Education Association, but home was where he really wanted to be. As one of his tutors at the Royal College of Art acknowledged, 'London could not contain David Mulholland for long; his heart was in Teesside.' Such attachment to home inspired the legacy that the Kirkleatham exhibition celebrates. It is a unique pictorial love poem to the people, streets and industrial heritage of South Bank and Grangetown; the pubs, betting shops and workers cafes; the hills at Eston; the sea at Redcar, Saltburn and Staithes; and the North Yorkshire Moors.

When David's exhibition opens, one featuring work by his old school-mate and fellow painter, Len Tabner, will have been at the Kirkleatham Museum for several months. It will still be there when Davids opens, giving a rare and exciting opportunity to see the work of two great South Bank born artists at the same time. David and Len were in the same class at Victoria Street School and their artistic success owes much to the time they spent together, and to the help and encouragement that they got from their Art teacher Tom Dalton.

Slideshows of David's work, and a short film about his Dorman's exhibition made by film students from the University of Teesside, will accompany the thirty or so pictures in the Kirkleatham exhibition. The student's film is current available on YouTube. You can access it, and find more information about the exhibitions via the David Mulholland website www.davidmulholland.co.uk
The Kirkleatham Museum is open 10am 4 all days except Mondays. Entrance is free.

In celebration of the coming together of the work of painters David Mulholland and Len Tabner at Kirkleatham, the museum is running a programme of events designed to explore documentation of the social history of the area via other art mediums, particularly film, photography and poetry.

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