Hoarding is given a lick of paint, Towner gallery style

The painted hoarding near Towner SUS-150325-114027001
The painted hoarding near Towner SUS-150325-114027001

Visitors to the Towner Gallery may have been intrigued by a new work of art that has popped up outside in College Road.

Until a few days ago, it was an empty hoarding needing a lick of paint, which was exactly what it got from artist David Armitage, whose exhibition, A Decade of Colour, opened on Saturday (runs until April 16) at the Birley Centre.

‘Landscape with Prayer Flags’, featuring the artist’s trademark bold, bright colours and intriguing imagery, gives a fair picture of what 
can be expected inside the gallery.

But as well as the larger paintings, there will be an exhibition within an exhibition featuring some of Armitage’s smaller scale works and illustrations.

Since 1976, in collaboration with his writer wife Ronda, David has illustrated some 20 award-winning picture books including the now classic with Lighthouse Keeper series and My Brother Sammy (written by Becky Edwards), a touching story about a boy, who 
is constantly at cross purposes.

David will be at the Birley Centre throughout the run of the exhibition and happy to talk to existing and aspiring artists of whatever age.

A Decade of Colour can be seen at weekends from 10am-4pm plus Good Friday and Easter Monday .

Admission to the exhibition is free.