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  • 21-07-2016 16:23:07

Vibrant works by a former Scarborough artist depicting the town and her current home, Manchester, go on show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this month.

Sea to City (27 July to 3 September) features watercolours, gouache, drawings and screen prints by Jean Hobson, who says: “When people ask me where I come from I am never sure how to answer. When you move from one place to another you do lose sight of your roots, but I’ve always lived in the North: first on the left and then on the right, and now almost in the middle, nearly a third of my life in each, with each place influencing my art.

“Liverpool, where I spent my first 25 years, fuelled my cultural interests. Art, music, theatre, anything to do with the written word, politics and motorbikes – I was there in the 60’s when ‘IT’ was all happening.

“Then Scarborough for another 20 years where I learnt the harsh realities of life – running a business, bringing up two small children while trying to juggle my own artistic interests. It wasn’t easy, but somehow I managed to pursue my painting and even managed to learn to play an instrument and join a band.

“Glossop where I live now is on the edge of the Peak District and just a short train ride into Manchester. I thought when I moved here that it was the imposing hills and valleys that had attracted me, and at first it was. But the more I went into Manchester the more I got drawn into the hustle and bustle of the city, and the sense of history in Manchester’s old building and street names, the changing landscape as the city hauls itself out of a bygone age and embraces everything that is new.”

The pictures in the exhibition at the SJT combine work Jean did while living in Scarborough along with more recent work depicting the town, contrasting with her current work on Manchester.

Sea to City can be seen in the Gallery at the SJT from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except during show times. Entry is free.