Tyne & Wear

Tynemouth Pool revamp to benefit from art auction

Pool in present day and artist's impression of refurbished pool Image copyright Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool
Image caption The derelict pool is now regarded as a local eyesore, but the new plans feature a heated pool, changing rooms and a cafe

Campaigners who want to restore an abandoned seaside swimming pool to its former glory are selling artwork inspired by the attraction.

Tynemouth Pool, filled daily with seawater with the passing of the tides, was once a popular visitor attraction but has lain derelict since the 1990s.

The art exhibition has opened at the Old Low Lights Heritage Centre in North Shields to raise money for the pool.

The specially commissioned artworks will be auctioned on 26 November.

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Image copyright Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Image caption The exhibition is entitled Make a Splash

Works at the exhibition include the first print of a previously unseen work by internationally renowned photographer and founder member of the Amber Film and Photography Collective, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen,

Image copyright Friends of Tynemouth Pool
Image caption Architectural photographer Steve Mayes has created a Lego model of the future vision of the pool

The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, which was formed in 2012, has submitted detailed refurbishment proposals to North Tyneside Council.

Image copyright Kate Van Suddesse
Image caption People will have the chance to purchase some "brilliant and unique pieces of art"

Exhibition organisers said: "While the artwork on display will cover a variety of mediums and artistic approaches, all exhibiting artists share a common aim of helping return the outdoor pool site to its former glory."

Image caption Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool describes itself as "one of the biggest community-driven regeneration projects in the UK"

Also at the exhibition will be an "incredible illuminated model" of the restoration, which has been created in Lego by architectural photographer Steve Mayes.

Afterwards it will go on display at various locations around North Tyneside.

Image copyright Annette Chevallier
Image caption Artworks include paintings, photographs, a soundscape and a large-scale collage

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