The Land of Oak & Iron

Marcia Ley Exhibition

wed03jan9:00 AMsun03mar4:00 PMMarcia Ley ExhibitionInside Out Gallery

Event Details

Wednesday 3rd January – Sunday 3rd March

Our next exhibition in the ‘Inside Out Gallery’ at the Heritage Centre is by local artist and printmaker Marcia Ley.

“I have been making art for as long as I can remember. I still have a scrapbook with collages from when I was five years old. Even then I clearly loved using colour and assembling materials and images. Not a great deal has changed. Whenever I go into my studio it always makes me smile. Painting and printmaking to me is time for myself in my own personal space; time to order the world.

As a Christian my faith always influences everything I do and, in my work, I try to reflect the beauty of the world that we have been given. I work in an almost entirely intuitive way, building and erasing and making lots of mistakes until, hopefully, I come through with something that feels entirely mine. Repeated themes have run through my practice for many years now. Landscape, birds, jugs, pots bowls, stones, boodie (fragments of pottery) things of no great financial value that become treasure for me.

I graduated in Painting at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in 1980 and went on complete an M.A in Printmaking at Chelsea College of Art and Design. I’ve based myself in the Northeast of England since the early 80’s.

I have taught nationally and presented my research internationally. I have worked extensively on public art and participatory arts projects and served as a trustee for a number of Arts and Health Charities. I have over 40 years of printmaking and teaching experience. I was a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sunderland University for 24 years and I am still involved in participatory art projects . I have previously run a print studio at Art Studio Sunderland. I now run my own home print studio Garden Press. I use this as a space to continue my artistic and teaching practice. It’s also a space to stay connected to the community and arts and health work that continues to be important to me.

I’m excited to exhibit at the Heritage Centre. The work I’m showing is a selection of prints, paintings on paper and silk .”

The exhibition is visable from our Courtyard to the rear of the Heritage Centre.  Please ask a member of our team if interested in purchasing any artworks from the exhibition.


January 3 (Wednesday) 9:00 AM - March 3 (Sunday) 4:00 PM


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill


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