Artists 'come home' to Teesside to stage their first joint exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cleveland College of Art & Design graduates Becki Harper, 26, and Jam Grantham, 28, both from Teesside now living in York, staged Pencil and Paper their first joint exhibition at The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough Cleveland College of Art & Design graduates Becki Harper, 26, and Jam Grantham, 28, both from Teesside now living in York, staged Pencil and Paper their first joint exhibition at The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

A PAIR of artists have come home to Teesside to stage their first exhibition.

Becki Harper and Jam Grantham showcased an array of narrative artwork, ceramics and illustrations with a Pencil and Paper exhibition in the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough.

Originally from Teesside, the couple, who now live and work in York, met at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool before both going on to study at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

“It’s really exciting to be back home for our first ever joint exhibition,” said Becky, 26, of Middlesbrough.

“Pencil and Paper is a showcase of our illustrations which we have been building up over the past couple of years. It’s great to be able to bring it all back to the place where we grew up and studied to share with everyone.”

Still in the early stages of their career, the couple, who have been together for 10 years, have already been highly commended in the Macmillan Children's Book Prize for their work and hope to continue to establish themselves further in the illustration industry.

Pencil and Paper will be on display on the first floor gallery of the Dorman Museum until Friday, January 5.

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