Illuminating Tolkien“. 12 Artists. One inspiration. A rich and beautiful array of artwork inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien is on show in Newcastle beginning at St. Nicholas Cathedral for the rest of the week where it moves to Newcastle castle to be a part of TOLKIEN WEEKEND 2016 24th-25th September organised by Time and Tide Events. The exhibition will showcase a great diversity of talent, from Newcastle’s own Jay Johnstone through to established Tolkien Artist Ted Nasmith and recent official Hobbit illustrator Jemima Catlin.

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John Cockshaw told us:

“We’ll have Fine Art, illustration, lino-cut prints, calligraphy and archaeological drawing to immerse viewers in Middle-earth. Collaborating with Time and Tide Events to make this exhibition happen within their wider event has been a real privilege because it has allowed many Tolkien-inspired artists to have a chance to exhibit together in two unique settings. Jay Johnstone is an artist with real gravitas whose work has incredible depth, and it all works wonderfully when you have very sombre work, like my own too for example, contrasting with finely detailed and breathtaking illustration of the likes of work by Soni Alcorn-Hender, Stephen Graham Walsh and Tomas Hijo. Having an established artist like Ted Nasmith alongside recent HarperCollins ‘Hobbit’ illustrator Jemima Catlin (undertaking brand new work inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’) also creates an interesting perspective to reinforce how the enduring interest in JRR Tolkien has never dimmed. Many of the artists involved are young and up and coming too so it is my hope that the public finds the exhibition fresh and exciting”

Listen to what the artists have to say!

Tolkien Weekend‘ itself at Newcastle castle grounds will offer a whole range of activities, ticketed events and talks, craft stalls and entertainment. Special guest Royd Tolkien will also be attending ‘Tolkien Weekend’ to meet with visitors and take part in a Q&A with Jay Johnstone.’ Watch our interviews with Royd on the legacy of LOTR and on Motor Neuron Disease.