What would a town be without its own artists and how important are art pieces for a towns cultural identity?
Painted on the wall of St Mary’s Parish hall, just out of view from the general public, is a large, fascinating, one of a kind mural depicting contemporary life in mid-20th century Barnard Castle. Drawn in 1958 on the East interior wall of the newly built St Mary’s Parish Hall by Douglas Pittuck, one quarter of the ‘Four Teesside Painters’, it is a work of art that holds a significant place in the hearts of many Barnard Castle residents.
However, over the years, increasing signs of deterioration have crept across the surface of the artwork and the mural is now in dire need of restoration. Without proper care and attention this locally significant piece of art could be lost forever.
Douglas Pittuck was a prolific artist and much loved teacher at Barnard Castle School and founder of Barnard Castle Art Society. As most of his work is privately owned, it can rarely be seen. As part of an exhibition of his drawings and paintings and a chance to view the recently restored mural in the Parish Hall, Christine Hartas from Barnard Castle Art Society will give an illustrated talk about “ Douglas Pittuck from every angle”, supported by Matthew Read and Elizabeth Conran, retired curator from The Bowes Museum.
To register for this event follow the link below to our Eventbrite page, where you will be able to book a free ticket.
St. Mary’s is open for private prayer each weekday from 10.00am – 4.00pm