‘Consett in Focus’ – Documentary Photography Group – November 2022 – Consett Magazine


Teachers and art part 1
Kate Stenhouse – Teacher and Artist

​Kate Stenhouse of Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge trained as an English teacher, then worked as a porcelain restorer for the Royal Family and Sotheby’s, among others. She always had a love for art, so she decided to become a full-time artist and moved to Snods Edge. She quickly acquired a reputation as an artist and also as a teacher. Her work is in many private collections here and abroad and she draws inspiration from the landscape and flora around her home. Her work is very energetic, vibrant and colorful, and she encourages her students to develop these qualities in their own work.

She works in both acrylics and watercolors and has a gallery in Snods Edge which is open on Sunday afternoons and examples of her work can be seen on her website.
Pictures of Chris Bruce

George Skelton – Painter

George Skelton is no ordinary painter; he was an art teacher for 38 years and a professional artist for over 12 years. He was a founding member of the Castleside Art Group over 50 years ago (with Ken Armstrong) and the Snods Art Group (with Ann Shaw). George also had a gallery/shop in Stanhope for many years (with Philip Oliver and Alex Clark).

Originally from The Grove, before moving to Moorside then to Castleside he now lives not far from there in Northumberland. At 16 he started the Art College in Sunderland specializing in woodcut engraving, although he claims to have done none since as he had neither the space nor the equipment for it. TO DO. He then moved to the University of Liverpool for a teaching qualification before returning to the North East and starting his career as an art teacher.

George painted in oils and acrylics, but his watercolor for which he is well known, a medium he says he only tried because it was the easiest and safest to use when his youngsters children were running around the house. His love of the River Derwent and the Moors between Consett and Stanhope was an inspiration for many years, but since moving he has also painted Northumberland scenes. However on our visit to his home it was great to see his living room dominated by 2 paintings from Derwent Reservoir and 1 from Consett Iron Company, he never lost his love for his hometown.
Pictures of George Ledger

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