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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Painting a Picture at Ushaw

(Preview by Russell/images by Dave Barden)
Dave Barden will be working at this week’s Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. The Hexham-based artist will be on site getting an up-close view of the musicians, making preparatory sketches and taking photographs with the final results to emerge from his studio base at a later date. The former Head of Fine Art at the then Newcastle Polytechnic has had a life-long interest in music. Jazz, blues and other popular genres continue to attract the artist’s attention and it will be fascinating to observe Barden working up close to his subject.
Dave Barden enjoys an international reputation. Two subject areas are music and sport. A commission to work at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics yielded several paintings and a visit to the 2012 London Olympics proved equally productive. The artist’s work is represented in public, private and corporate collections including Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham and JD Wetherspoon’s Union Rooms in Newcastle. Barden is no stranger to jazz festivals having worked at Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Southport Jazz Festival. The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, hosted an exhibition of his music (jazz!) related paintings. At Ushaw College festival goers will be able to view an exhibition of the artist’s work. Some paintings will be available for purchase.     
Jazz will be Dave Barden’s focus during the inaugural 2016 Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival staged at Ushaw College. A former seminary, the magnificent buildings on a vast country estate on the outskirts of Durham are worth seeing in their own right. The fact that jazz of international quality will be heard over three days (26-28 August) makes a visit essential!
Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Nigel Price, Zoé Gilby, the Peter Gilligan Trio, the Paul Edis Trio and many more makes this a festival offering something for everyone.
   
Jazz, an artist in residence, food and drink, an architectural gem, rolling County Durham countryside, fine weather (fingers crossed!), the 2016 Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival is one event you mustn’t miss. Tickets from 0191 334 5119 or visit: www.ushaw.org      
Russell.               

1 comment :

Jo Edis (on F/b) said...

Wow- wish we were there! Thanks Russell and Lance Liddle we expect to see so many reviews- thanks for all you do!

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