18th April - 9th May

Main Gallery

An exhibition by  Margaret Shields.

Private View: Friday 24th April  6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Margaret Shields was born and brought up in Middlesbrough . After attending Middlesbrough College of Art, she studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London . She returned home to paint her familiar surroundings, mostly urban subjects, and in the evenings to teach piano.

In 1985 she moved to Saltburn and her work began to include more sea subjects, including small coastal craft, and the many and varied ships, from North Sea Ferries to the specialised vessels designed for the oil industry and for wind turbine installation. In many of her paintings these provide a backdrop against which she portrays the various activities of the seaside town: riding, beach-combing, sunbathing and battling the storms.

Frequent trips to Middlesbrough allow her to continue to paint urban subjects. She particularly enjoys the clash of old and new in modern city life and includes with relish the more prosaic elements of town life, including the range of interaction between people and their environment. Her work often shows developments of townscapes over time.

In 1989 she won the Northern Arts Bursary for painting.

Exhibitions include: Billingham Art Gallery; Grey Gallery, Newcastle; Austen Hayes Gallery, York; Northern Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sunderland; Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery, London; Zebra One Gallery, London; Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax; Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk; Minster Fine Art, York; Eton College; Staithes Gallery, North Yorkshire; Messums, London; Artco, Leeds; Water Street Gallery, Todmorden; Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden; McAllister Thomas, Godalming; Red Rag Gallery, Bath; Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth.

Her work has been shown in Florida and New York and in 1994 she took part in a touring exhibition of theUnited Arab Emirates of the Women’s Art Association.

Between 2010 and 2014 she has been part of the ‘Elemental North’ series of exhibitions mounted at Messums Gallery, Cork Street, London.