Sintons aid 21 years of an Angel exhibition

An exhibition to mark the 21st birthday of one of the UK’s most iconic and best-loved landmarks is being made possible through sponsorship from a North East law firm.

The 21 Years of an Angel exhibition has been organised to mark the milestone birthday of the Angel of the North, which has become known and loved around the world since being unveiled in 1998.

The sculpture, by artist Antony Gormley, stands at 20 metres tall with wings measuring 54 metres across, and can be seen from miles around its home in Gateshead, which overlooks the A1 and A167 roads and the East Coast Main Line.

The exhibition of unique works of art will have one-of-a-kind pieces from an array of local artists available to view and buy. The collection, which will be displayed in The Gallery at Gateshead Library, will include paintings, drawings, Chinese art, embroidery, textile works and photographs. It also marks the end of the Angel20 programme, a year-long celebration running from the sculpture’s 20th anniversary in February 2018 to the Angel’s 21st birthday celebration in February 2019.

21 Years of an Angel is being sponsored by law firm Sintons, based in Newcastle, in a move which continues its commitment to supporting its local community and emerging regional talent.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Gateshead Council, said: “The Angel of the North is not just an icon for Gateshead and the North East, it’s an international landmark which has brought regeneration, jobs and pride to the area.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “The Angel of the North has become instantly recognisable around the UK and indeed the world, and has helped to confirm the North East’s place on the global map as a destination with great culture that people want to visit. It is a truly spectacular regional landmark and its 21st birthday is a milestone which deserves a fitting celebration.

“We are delighted to play our role in marking the occasion by lending our backing to the 21 Years of an Angel exhibition. Not only does it showcase an array of impressive works portraying the Angel in a variety of different ways, but it also gives a platform to some of the hugely talented artists we have in our region’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. It promises to be a really unmissable occasion.

“At Sintons, we are well aware of the contribution a firm like ours can and should make to its local community, and we are committed to lending our support wherever we can. Our thanks go to Gateshead Council for the opportunity to work with them on this excellent project.”

21 Years of an Angel will run from Thursday 31st January to Saturday 30th March 2019 for more information, click here.

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