Iain Bolton: Know Your Place

Tue – Sat, 8am – 3pm

Opening event 3 February, 5 – 8pm

RePUBlic Gallery

An exhibition of drawing and photography by Northumberland-based artist Iain Bolton.

Iain Bolton is an artist and photographer who lives in Ashington, Northumberland. He grew up in Lynemouth, living in The Lynemouth Inn (then a Vaux pub) with his mam and sister, and then in various colliery houses in the village. Creativity was more about developing strategies to avoid getting your head kicked in on the bus on the way home from school. 

His only formal creative qualification is Art ‘O’ Level which he gained when leaving school in 1986, aged 16. In 2014 he started drawing and painting again after a 38-year sabbatical involving life in general. He works from his small art studio overlooking the bay in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, obsessively drawing and occasionally painting those scenes and those moments that most choose not to notice.

Come and see if you can recognise the not so famous bits of Northumberland.

That thing, you know, art?
That’s not your thing. It’s not in your life contract.
Behold the reality of your birthright. Why do something you love, when you’re able to do something you hate?
It’s a beautiful concept of non-reality.
Know your place! Underachieve in the comfort of your familiar environment. The environment designed for underachievers.
Why though? What’s the reason for this ignorance of you and your place?
Show the fuckers!
There’s a beauty and a talent to what you achieve.
This is me showing you.
I know my place.

—Iain Bolton


The Kings Head 85 Bridge Street Blyth NE24 3AE

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3 February—2 March 2024


  • Tue 8am – 3pm
  • Wed 8am – 3pm
  • Thu 8am – 3pm
  • Fri 8am – 3pm
  • Sat 8am – 3pm
  • Level access
  • Accessible toilets

Selected works

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