Lizzie Lovejoy: Now, Then

Mon – Tue, 9am – 6pm; Wed, Fri, 9am – 5pm; Thu, 10am – 6pm; Sat, 9am – 4pm

Crown Street Art Gallery

An exhibition celebrating Darlington and the people who have made it the wonderful place that it is.

Artist Lizzie Lovejoy has engaged with members of local communities through workshop, drop-in sessions and conversations, learning about the identity of this culturally rich town over the past nine months.

Inspired by local dialect, ‘Now, Then’ takes its name from the greeting which Lizzie received when speaking to people around the town. The artwork breaks down these words, exploring Darlington’s innovative heritage and its ever growing present, with stories from yesterday as well as many years ago.

Throughout the project, Lizzie and the participants explored what it means to be northern. This exhibition also features the work of 5 artists with a strong connection to Darlington, having submitted their work to the ‘Darlo Draws’ open call.

Lizzie Lovejoy, born in Darlington, is a working-class poet, performer and picture-maker who has an itch for creating that cannot be scratched. Everyday they write and sketch something new, a lifelong creation in pencil and ink that can never stay in the lines. Lizzie won the North East Culture Award for Visual Artist of the Year 2023 and recently took to the stage at Durham Miners Gala.


Darlington Library Crown Street Darlington DL1 1ND

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2 April—2 May 2024

  • Mon 9am – 6pm
  • Tue 9am – 6pm
  • Wed 9am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 6pm
  • Fri 9am – 5pm
  • Sat 9am – 4pm
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