North East Artist Jane Lee McCracken has created a pop-up shop/exhibition showcasing her new project I LOVE THIS CITY / COLLECTION, at contemporary art gallery Thought Foundation.
The event includes a display of large format prints of her intricate Biro drawings inspired by Newcastle and Sunderland. Product designs featuring these images, including eco-friendly t-shirts, posters and limited-edition prints are available to purchase from Thought Foundation shop during the pop-up.
‘Newcastle’ and ‘Sunderland’ designs celebrate the individual spirit and culture of these two great North East cities. Representations of their industrial heritages, glorious landmarks and homages paid to the football clubs synonymous with these one-club cities, are woven into Jane’s beautiful drawings. Magpie mascots of Newcastle United swoop across Newcastle products, while ‘Blackcats’ of Sunderland Association, prowl Sunderland products.
Through the inclusion of animal imagery, Jane seeks to communicate that humanity is entwined with the animal kingdom. This further aspect to her project parallels Thought Foundation’s current multi-disciplinary exhibition Thoughtful Planet 2, an artistic response to the environment. Thought Foundation is an arts and cultural space in Birtley, near the Angel of the North. Their intrepid enterprise supports North East arts and the local community through exhibition, education and creative programmes.