A BUSY shopping centre has an artistic new addition to its businesses.
Artist Tim Morris has set up a stall at Sanderson Arcade to sell his work throughout the summer.
The venture is largely thanks to Morpeth town councillor David Clark, who raised £5,000 to buy Mr Morris a glass kiln.
Now, not only can he continue to produce fine art, but he can also use the expertise he gained from studying the famous Murano glass art in Italy.
Mr Morris, who grew up at Tranwell Woods, said: “It all started in December 2011 when David bought a painting of mine. That led to him getting a kiln, which allows me not just to make fine art paintings, but also to make glass. It is the kind of patron that the Renaissance artists would have.
“I’m now going to have a barrow in Sanderson Arcade to sell and display pieces. It will add an extra dimension to the businesses there and is a chance for people to see unique original artwork.”
Coun Clark has been a friend of Mr Morris’ family for a number of years and decided to raise money for the kiln after buying a painting as an anniversary present for his wife.
He said: “It is a constant struggle for artists because they need money to live, but very often the money they earn is used to buy more materials.
“I collect the art of Anton Sulek, who died in 1987, and I see similarities between Tim’s work and his. I certainly think Tim can achieve greatness in the world of art.”
The stall will be in the arcade every Saturday throughout August. To see examples of Mr Morris’ work, visit www.timjagomorris.com