Darlington Borough Council was delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Public Catalogue Foundation to include the oils from the Darlington Borough Art Collection in the County Durham catalogue. This has provided an additional opportunity to increase public access to the Collection and celebrate the work to be found in Darlington. The paintings in this catalogue have been exhibited at the Myles Meehan Gallery, at Crown Street Library and have also been displayed in publicly-accessible buildings in Darlington, including the Town Hall and the Dolphin Centre.
Darlington Borough Art Collection has been acquired over many years through donations, purchases and bequests. The Collection has both local and national significance with artworks featuring local scenes and figures as well as works of art by internationally acclaimed artists such as Fallen Tree against Sunset by Graham Sutherland, In the Studio by Conrad Kiesel and Yorkshire Landscape by Spencer Gore.
The paintings held at the Darlington Library are mainly portraits of Darlington men and women who have made a notable contribution to the history of the town, some being aldermen, other eminent Quakers. Many of the paintings are of buildings and scenes of Darlington, which form an historic and valuable record for study now and for future generations. The Collection includes much-loved works painted for the Library and many of the smaller works are used in temporary displays in the Centre for Local Studies at the Library.
Andy Scott, Councillor, Darlington Borough Council
Text source: PCF / Darlington Borough Art Collection
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