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Norman Rea Gallery presents local artists’ work

Posted on 17 May 2013

A new exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York focuses on the work of two local artists, bringing together sculptural works and detailed pen and ink drawings.

Unity and Simplicity presents the work of artists Peter Donohoe and Andrea MacKinnon, and is curated by undergraduate students Lydia Jesudason and Joanna Sterngold from the University’s Department of History of Art.

Peter Donohoe works in copper and explores new ways of figurative representation, while Andrea MacKinnon creates large-scale, meticulously detailed pen and ink drawings.

Peter Donohoe graduated in sculpture from Leeds College of Art in 1969 and previously worked in theatre, museums and leisure, producing high quality props, set pieces, sculpted figures and replica artefacts. Since 2004, when he left full time employment, he has concentrated on taking his personal work in a new direction.

“I wanted to explore new ways of figurative representation and to use a material with warmth and permanence that is capable of expressive line and rich surface colour - I chose copper,” he says.

Canadian/British artist Andrea MacKinnon studied fine art and art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Acadia University in Canada. The pieces of work on show were inspired by the gardens of her mentor the late Yorkshire sculptor Neil Willis.

The Norman Rea Gallery is run entirely by students at the University of York. Situated above The Courtyard in Derwent College, the gallery hosts exciting exhibitions throughout the year and promotes the work of both student and professional artists. The gallery hosts three exhibitions a term with lectures, seminars and events

The Unity and Simplicity exhibition is free and open to all. Following an opening event on Monday, 20 May from 7-9pm, it will be on show until 4 June weekdays from 9am to 5pm. For further information visit

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