From the wonderful Side Gallery Newcastle
The industrialized river mouth documented in the early 1980s by the North Yorkshire photographer, extending his 1970s work in Greatham Creek.
Macdonald wrote: ‘The Tees Estuary is visually extremely exciting. Its richness, in part, arises from the inherent contrasts of the natural environment against man-made structures – of the vast sphere of sky, serene or dramatic, against the horizontal flatness of lowland space punctuated by verticals as power stations, fractionating columns, blast furnaces and estuarine lights. The vast expanse of water reflects a permeating light which clothes objects and landscape in a unique brightness, beautiful and sensational, a delight to photographers and film-makers alike.’ Commissioned by Side Gallery, the exhibition was shown in 1982.
All images © Ian Macdonald
See the online exhibition here
The Creek documentary tells the story of a community of fishermen and their families who built a series of boat-houses and cabins on the north bank of Greatham Creek at the turn of the 20th century, and was abandoned in the early 1980’s. Through interviews with former residents, the photographer Ian Macdonald (who produced a significant body of work at the creek), archive photographs, and location filming, The Creek presents a deeply engaging, moving, and thought provoking film about the Teesside salt-marsh landscape and a unique community that flourished there for nearly a century. Ultimately, the film is an affirming celebration of a way of life in a self-built arcadia.
There is currently an exhibition of David Mulholland’s work being held at the Kirkleatham Museum.
The exhibition runs until the 22nd of June. There is also a program of events being held to explore documentation of the social history of the area via other art mediums, particularly film, photography and poetry. As if this wasn’t enough, an exhibition of Len Tabner’s work, that has been running for the past few months, has been held over and refreshed with some new paintings to allow people to view these two wonderful artists at the same time.
Details of the exhibitions and programme of events can be found here http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/Event?ReadForm&ID=BDC50F09911F305180257C69004212F9
David Mulholland and Len Tabner by Ian MacDonald