THE work of a painter who inspired a generation of artists will feature at an innovative exhibition showcasing creativity.

The late Tom Wall influenced a host of celebrated artists, including Mackenzie Thorpe and Carole Hutchings, as a painter and senior lecturer in fine art at Cleveland College of Art and Design.

He died aged 52 but his work is published by Darlington College lecturer Rob Elliott, who used to work with his wife Lynne.

And Mr Elliott is lending his support to fellow Darlington College lecturer and artist Donna Slyfield as she launches a pop-up exhibition, Shout About Art, next month.

It will provide the chance for artists and designers to demonstrate their creative skills alongside established artists in an affordable and nurturing setting.

Mr Elliott said: “I think Shout About Art is a fantastic idea. It makes it so easy to exhibit and be involved in and is a great opportunity for artists.

“I will be taking a large space to promote the work of Tom, who was a talented and prodigious artist whose work was big, bold, colourful and an inspiration.”

Shout About Art debuted last year and saw more than 250 people through the door to enjoy the work of 20 exhibitors, as well as a youth art expo designed to encourage young people to participate in the arts.

The next event will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Hurworth Grange, Hurworth, near Darlington, providing exhibition space for artists working with a variety of disciplines, ranging from fine art, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, print, illustration and photography.

Exhibitor prices are £70 for a large area and £50 for a small.

Entry is £2 on the door with children under 14 free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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