Art exhibition gets helping hand from Ward Hadaway | 26 May 10

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has stepped in to help stage an art exhibition targeted at Tyneside shoppers.

Neil Smith (standing) of Ward Hadaway with Rashida Davison of the Globe Gallery

In the picture – Neil Smith from Ward Hadaway (standing) with Rashida Davison of the Globe Gallery outside the Globe Gallery @ Monument Mall exhibition in Newcastle city centre.

The Globe Gallery @ Monument Mall exhibition is currently on show in the former Boots store at Monument Mall in Newcastle city centre.

Property experts at Ward Hadaway advised the Globe Gallery in North Shields on an agreement which will allow the exhibition to go on show at the unit in Blackett Street until 22 June 2010.

It is the second time that the leading law firm has helped the Globe Gallery to stage an exhibition at Monument Mall.

Ward Hadaway advised the gallery on a similar agreement which ensured the Crunch! exhibition, inspired by Viz Comic, went on show over the Christmas and New Year period.

Solicitor Neil Smith from Ward Hadaway’s commercial property team worked on both agreements for Globe Gallery which enabled the exhibitions to go ahead.

Neil, who carried out the work on a pro-bono basis for the Globe, said: “It has been really rewarding getting involved with these projects for the Globe Gallery.

“As well as providing an excellent platform for the artists’ work, the exhibitions also give something extra for shoppers to see and add to Newcastle’s reputation as a cultural centre.”

The Globe Gallery @ Monument Mall exhibition features the work of two artists – Franko B and Jock Mooney.

Franko B’s Love in times of pain: sequence two features an array of all-black animals perched on a range of found objects and staring out at the viewer.

Discontinued by Jock Mooney is made of a multitude of uniquely original hand-produced brightly coloured sculptures thrust together en masse to form a strange shrine-like structure.

Rashida Davison, director and founder of the Globe Gallery, said: “We are really grateful for Neil and Ward Hadaway’s work on this exhibition and on Crunch!

“Securing these agreements has been crucial to staging the exhibitions and means that thousands of people can get access to cutting-edge art on the street.”

The current Monument Mall installation is the latest in the Globe Gallery’s Offsite programme, which aims to breathe creativity into empty spaces across the North-East.

The Globe Gallery, which was set up in 1994 and has premises in Newcastle, is also currently exhibiting work at Think Tank, a newly opened permanent exhibition space at creative industries workspace Hoults Yard off Walker Road in Newcastle.

In addition to its extensive property department, Ward Hadaway also has a specialist team advising businesses in the creative sector.

Clients include international artists, graphic designers and games producers.

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