Sunderland museum hosts exhibition of North East heroes’ photos

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Picture: Portrait of Jimmy Montgomery (copyright Peter Walton), one of the many images in the Portraits from the North East exhibition, which runs until Sunday, December 6 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Picture: Portrait of Jimmy Montgomery (copyright Peter Walton), one of the many images in the Portraits from the North East exhibition, which runs until Sunday, December 6 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Portraits from the North East is a new exhibition of photographs by a group of North East photographers, which features portraits of individuals who make a significant contribution to life in the region.

The exhibition, which opened yesterday at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, allows the visitor to put a face to some familiar names, such as portraits of several people from Sunderland’s  Kate Adie, Jim Montgomery, Julie Elliot MP and Paul Callaghan.

It also features people from many different walks of life, including sporting heroes, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians.

It has been created by a collective of photographers whose aim is to celebrate the rich tapestry of life and achievement in the County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear area.

John Cogan, Associate of The Royal Photographic Society and one of the photographers and instigator of the project, said: “Our main aim is to show our fellow North Easterners that the region is full of vibrant, independent and innovative people.

“As a group we travel across Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear capturing the many moods of people of significance. People often forget that there is more to the North East than its heavy industrial past.

“Yes, we have the best coastline in the country, the best tasting lamb and some of the finest buildings but we also have the people who bring this region to life. As a region we work, we innovate and we should be proud of our achievements.”

Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture Coun John Kelly said: “I’d encourage anyone to come along and visit this exhibition.

“This is a fantastic celebration of what makes the North East great, its people. Some of the subjects may be born and bred in the area but one way or another they have chosen to and are glad to be regarded as being from here.”

Portraits from the North East will be at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP from Tuesday, November 3, until Sunday, December 6.

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