Raval is supporting the arts by exhibiting the work of some of the North East’s most celebrated painters.
The region’s finest artists first displayed their work at the restaurant in February as part of a special event to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the completion of the Tyne Bridge.
The VIP evening was attended by civic dignitaries and the former Minister for the North, Newcastle East MP Nick Brown.
The artists were chosen because of the unique nature of their work, which captures the distinctive beauty of Newcastle through its buildings and people.
Now Raval has pledged to continue backing them by displaying their work in a setting that will expose it to a wider audience.
Dennis Anderson, of Bridekirk Fine Art, a company that promotes the artists, said: “There are six very special artists currently exhibiting paintings at Raval, and we’re very grateful to the restaurant for giving them this opportunity.
“These painters have won acclaim far and wide, but even so it’s often difficult for them to find suitable exhibition venues. Hopefully, this link-up with Raval will mean many people will be seeing their work for the first time.”
Raval manager Avi Malik said: “The arts in general are going through a difficult time at the moment and we want to do all we can to support local talent. Already customers are beginning to make comments about the wonderful paintings on show, some of which are originals.”
The artists currently exhibiting at the restaurant are Kevin Day, John Coatsworth, Roy Francis Kirton, Tony Marshall, Jim Edwards and Ray Campbell.
All works are for sale, with prices ranging from £3,800 for an original oil painting to £140 for a high-quality print.