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Pop-up exhibition showcases never-before-seen artwork of late John Widdop

Corner165 founders Natalie Liddle (right) and Robin Goodall (left) installing a John Widdop canvas at its new pop-up gallery at Merchant Gate, Wakefield.

Corner165 founders Natalie Liddle (right) and Robin Goodall (left) installing a John Widdop canvas at its new pop-up gallery at Merchant Gate, Wakefield.

The work of a local artist who died more than a decade ago is on show for the first time at a pop-up gallery at Merchant Gate.

Arts collective Corner165 are using two empty shop units to showcase the work of more than a dozen artists, including John Widdop whose abstract canvases have been in storage since he died of cancer in 2003.

And a launch event on Friday will include live music and performances by local writers, including A Firm of Poets, which is made up of Matt Abbott, Ralph Dartford and Matthew Hedley Stoppard.

Peter Stubbings, who was a friend of Mr Widdop and will have some of his own artwork on display at the exhibition, said: “John was a very serious and dedicated artist who worked every day, and he has left an impressive body of work, some of which is on show here for the first time since he passed.

“Produced in the small cellar of his widow Kate’s house, it always amazed me how he managed to work on such large pieces in such a confined space. This exhibition will help to give Widdop the recognition he deserves.”

The exhibition includes paintings, screen prints, sculpture and video installations, many of which will be shown to the public for the first time.

It opened today and will remain open until New Year’s Eve.

 

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