Exhibition will give showcase to sculpture

Sarah Latheron
Sarah Latheron

A TALENTED artist will be given the chance to showcase her skills at a prestigious regional venue.

Art lecturer Sarah Latheron will have the rare opportunity to host her own exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

The Widdrington resident earned the honour after wowing judges to win the annual Baltic Artist Teacher Award for her enterprising work in post-graduate studies.

During her MA in Fine Art and Education at Northumbria University, the 28-year-old specialised in the creation of eye-catching sculptures, exploring disruptive influences on everyday images, objects and scenarios.

Now she will be able to share the pieces with a wider audience in her Force exhibition.

Ms Latheron said: “I’m thrilled to have been given an opportunity to create my own exhibition at such a world-class, internationally renowned venue.

“My art resonates from something that may be deemed inconsequential to others. The drawings develop from a mark, an imperfection, or perhaps a crack in the floor. The sculptures are small, subtle interventions in response to the architectural space.

“Not many people would get this chance of a lifetime and I’d like to thank all of my MA course tutors who made this possible.

“The MA has really helped me in my day job by giving me the knowledge to enhance the learning of students at Gateshead College. I’d like to help them to showcase their work and forge a career in the creative industries.”

The artist began lecturing at the college in 2008 and is now A-Level curriculum leader of art, design and media.

Some of her students were selected to display their work at the Baltic in 2012.

Baltic Director Godfrey Worsdale, who nominated Ms Latheron for the award, said: “Sarah’s work is immediately compelling, even though the work continues to reveal itself as more time is invested in it.

“The way in which the drawn and sculptural interventions derive so much from their environment as they are brought into being demonstrates a powerful subtlety through an understated, but exacting, craftsmanship.

“It’s great to see how Sarah’s work has occupied the space here at Baltic.”

A private viewing of Force will be held for friends, family and Gateshead College students tomorrow, before the free exhibition opens to the public daily until Sunday, March 30.