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What’s OnA new permanent gallery has opened at the Gala Theatre in DurhamWork by schoolchildren is first on the walls and is to be followed by a taste of the genius of French artist Henri Matisse13:46, 15 JAN 2018Updated13:47, 15 JAN 2018What’s OnAt the Gala gallery launch, from left: Coun Olwyn Gunn, Nicola Balfour, Phil Hodgson and Sue Rounce with young artists Leo Forster, Hannah Jobling, Faith Cook and Sophia Airey (Image: Durham County Council) Get what’s on updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA new gallery space has opened at the Gala Theatre in Durham with an exhibition by children from the east of the county.The city lost its own Durham Art Gallery when it closed with the DLI Museum. The two amenities were in the same building at Aykley Heads.Several temporary exhibitions were held at the theatre in Millennium Place last year but now a permanent gallery space has been established.It will showcase “modern and contemporary art by local, regional, national and international artists,” according to Durham County Council .The first exhibition features the work of young children from schools and nurseries in places including Horden, Peterlee, Easington, Seaham and Wingate.Lucy Jenkins, the county council’s visual arts manager, said: “We are delighted the Gala gallery has now opened and it is fitting that the first exhibition features the work of young people from our county.”It was great to see so many people enjoying the space on its launch night and we are confident that the upcoming programme will attract more visitors to the venue.”Coun Olwyn Gunn, council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is a stunning exhibition of the amazing work that young people can enjoy and accomplish.”A twin exhibition featuring the children’s work is also currently showing at County Hall.Both exhibitions feature a number of displays which allow visitors to use a smartphone app to view short films based on the making of the work.The Get Into the Light exhibition, which opened at the weekend, runs until the end of the month.It will be followed by something quite different, Matisse: Drawing with Scissors.The touring exhibition from the Hayward Gallery in London will feature 35 posthumous prints of the cut outs produced by the French artist during the four years before his death in 1954.It opens on Saturday, February 17 .The gallery is open from 10am to 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday, from 2.30pm to 8.30pm on Sunday. Admission is free..

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