An exciting exhibition is coming to the New Vic Theatre later this month , supporting the eagerly awaited stage play, “Marvellous”, which opens 11th March.
This brand new play, commissioned especially for the New Vic, will celebrate the life of local hero Neil Baldwin, BEM, affectionately known as ‘Nello’.
Nello’s achievements are many, including being a registered clown, and kit man of Stoke City Football Club. He is an Honourary Graduate of Keele University, and is a Freeman of Newcastle-under-Lyme where he lives. His friends are many including royalty, Gary Lineker, and The Archbishop of Canterbury.
The exhibition of work is by established northern artists, current and historical. 14 artists will be displaying over 25 paintings, many never previously seen, some painted specifically for this exhibition.
The exhibition is jointly presented by Amanda Bromley, owner of Barewall Gallery in Burslem, and Potteries artist Nick Moore who has curated the artworks.
The theme of Marvellous: Stoke is the celebration of Nello’s achievements, featuring his local landscape and the community he influences.
Amanda Bromley said: “The artists exhibiting have a real affinity to the area and their observations align well with the stage play. For example, Arthur Berry’s work examines local characters whose lives are shaped by the life in the Potteries, the contemporary artists in the show are immersed in the northern landscape.”
Nick Moore, artist and exhibition curator, said: “Nello resides in a world where a friendship is formed by a charitable act, a favour or a word of kindness. Marvellous: Stoke is an exhibition that celebrates a community which smiles with Nello.”
Marvellous: Stoke runs from Monday 28th February to Saturday 9th April 2022 at the New Vic Theatre. The official opening is at 7pm on Tuesday 8th March, with the promise of a few Marvellous guests!!