Accessible art that doesn’t shroud itself in complex art theory…

Ellie Brennan, the Middlesbrough-born artist who studied at Manchester Fine Art graduate who also studied at Teesside’s Northern School of Art campus in Middlesbrough, has launched her debut show from Eston Arts centre in Middlesbrough.

Ellie utilises a range of techniques, from crochet, to industrial rug tufting, but her overall aim is to create work that is accessible to everyone and doesn’t shroud itself in complex art theory. Instead, she prefers to work with key memories from childhood growing up in the North East in Middlesbrough, and create pieces that hopefully resonate with a wider audience, and help to make ‘fine art’ more accessible for people living in the North East. She is hopeful her first show in her hometown connects with people in the area.

The exhibit was crafted during the Covid19 lockdown, as Ellie got a chance to reconnect with her favourite foods as a child including Teesside’s famous dish the Parmo. Offering the visitors, a blast from the past, as they feel the cultural difference walking into the exhibit.

Fingers, Thumbs And The Spaces Inbetween is at Eston Arts Centre, Middlesbrough from Thursday 8th to Saturday 31st October, open 10am to 4pm.

Twitter @estonartscentre

Facebook @estonartscentre

Instagram @estonartscentre

Article By Chloe Tempestoso


Do you have a story, something to say or an idea for what we should cover on The Tees Online? Contact us at