Newark-based artist Nikki Mckay (left) with one of her paintings, Red Sox Jump, at Meander and Mooch with gallery owners Susi and Neil Wright.
Newark-based artist Nikki Mckay (left) with one of her paintings, Red Sox Jump, at Meander and Mooch with gallery owners Susi and Neil Wright.

A Bowie In Art exhibition opens to the public from Saturday.

It is being staged to mark the opening of new premises of  art gallery Meander and Mooch.

The gallery, which is run by Neil and Susi Wright, of Balderton, was initially set up in the autumn on two floors of the Flower Time shop on Cartergate, Newark.

Susi said she started with work by about 20 artists but with so much talent around it soon became clear more space was needed.

As a result, the gallery moved to 6-8 Cartergate, on the corner of The Arcade, which was previously a vintage clothing store.

“I really needed more hanging space,” she said.

“I was in a beautiful building but the ceilings were rather low.

“I have now got so much more height for the bigger pieces and the large windows mean it is lovely and light.”

Work by 20 people, including some from the Newark area, will be on show in the David  Bowie exhibition.

There will be portraits, floral art, photography, cake decorating and silver jewellery.

'I am a huge David Bowie fan'

Bowie was a painter himself and a self-portrait was used for his 1996 album Outside.  

“I am a huge David Bowie fan and I wanted to involve as many artists as possible,”  Susi said.

The work will include a limited edition pencil portrait of Bowie by artist Anna Stasinska, which she drew while she studied art and design at Loughborough College.

Anna plans to sell 69 prints — one for each year of Bowie’s life and auction the original  at the end of the year.

Money raised will go to Hope Against Cancer, a charity that  funds research projects.

There will be a private viewing tomorrow evening before the exhibition opens to the public until June 10.

The new space means Susi is now able to stock work by more than 50 artists, including 12 from the Newark area.

All work is original with prices starting from £45.

The paintings, ceramics and jewellery are constantly changing and Susi is always looking for new suppliers.

“I am flattered when someone says: ‘Do you want to see my work?’ and I am happy for them to bring it in,” she said. 

Susi said she was impressed with the amount of creative talent in the Newark area and was keen to support local artists.

She is a regular visitor to the Spotlight Gallery at the Town Hall and has recently taken work by two artists who have  exhibited there.

Her aim is to have a gallery where people feel comfortable to pop in with no pressure to buy.

“I want a place that everyone feels that they can come in, have a wander around and enjoy the work,” she said.