Showcasing work to raise funds for vital disease research

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A collection of unique artwork is being showcased in Northumberland and Newcastle with all proceeds to charity.

Leighton Clark, from Morpeth, will be showing his work at Felton’s Gallery 45 and Newcastle Central Library in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Photography, prints and unique box constructions will be on display at both exhibitions, with work on show at Gallery 45 until April 14.

Keen artist Leighton said: “A couple of years ago, I got the creative urge again.

“I changed direction from ceramics and video to photography, print making and box construction.

“It wasn’t long before the house was full of prints and boxes.

“Then my wife was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, so I decided to exhibit my work and donate all profits to Parkinson’s UK to help find better treatments and a cure.”

Leighton has also set up a website where artwork can be browsed and bought, with all the profits going to Parkinson’s UK – leightonclarkprints.co.uk

Leighton has already sold two pieces of artwork to customers in Australia, so his work is becoming a global success.

Abby Robinson, Regional Fundraiser for the North East and Cumbria at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Thank you so much to Leighton for his unique fundraising idea and donating all his profits to help us find better treatments and a cure faster. I’d like to wish him the very best of luck with his exhibitions and I hope that people will view his artwork, whether at the exhibitions or online.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is dependent on donations.”

Leighton is aiming to raise £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

As well as sales, he is also raising money through sponsorship and has set up a justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Leighton-Clark

The exhibition in Newcastle runs from August 4 to 25.