North East fine artist unveils exhibition at Durham Cathedral

An exhibition of North East inspired artwork is now on display at Durham Cathedral.

The Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral is hosting a stunning exhibition of pen and ink drawings by local artist Naomi Blayney until September 1.

Naomi, who is from Durham, specialises in pen and inks of landscapes and architecture, and is particularly inspired by the North East of England. Her subjects are often famous North East landmarks, and this exhibition promises not to disappoint with new works featuring Durham Cathedral’s Rose Window, Hadrian’s Wall and the Tommy sculpture in Seaham.

The exhibition was opened at a private preview on Monday, July 3, a year after the artist first intended.

Speaking at the preview, Naomi said: “This exhibition was supposed to happen last summer, but I took time off to have my second baby.

“I now have two little girls but I somehow managed to find time to do this and I’m proud of what I have achieved.”

The art on display comprises ten new pieces alongside some of Naomi’s earlier North East illustrations.

She said: “The North East of England is full of inspiration and much of my work features its well-known landmarks. Each piece takes many hours to complete and is a labour of love.

“Durham Cathedral is one of my favourite North East landmarks and I look forward to exhibiting my pen and ink drawings in the medieval Undercroft Restaurant.”

Original pen and ink drawings and replica prints will be available for sale throughout the exhibition from the Cathedral Shop.

Many of the originals were sold prior to and during the exhibition preview.