John Martin, the celebrated Victorian artist, is Haydon Bridge's most distinguished and
famous son. Throughout 2011/12 his legacy was celebrated by major exhibitions of his work at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, Millennium Gallery Sheffield and at Tate Britain as part of The Great British Art Debate.
To mark this within the local community, the John Martin Heritage Festival (under the auspices of the Haydon Bridge Development Trust) ran in and around Haydon Bridge throughout the year and beyond.
This involved local residents, schools and visitors and helped
them explore the artist's roots and influences from the countryside around the village. Starting on 11 March 2011 the Festival offered two phases of programmes of talks, workshops, guided walks and more to explore Martin's formative years and how this influenced his work.
The Haydon Bridge Development Trust worked in partnership with the National Trust, the Laing Art Gallery, the North Pennines AONB Partnership and Langley Castle Hotel as well as local schools and organisations to develop the programme. Many of the landscape areas which so influenced the artist are now in the care of the National Trust and visitors were able to explore the countryside around Allen Banks and Hadrian’s Wall which has changed over the years.
A 'John Martin Heritage Centre' has been established in the Community Centre, Ratcliffe Road. This relates to a time window of the family in the village. It features Martin prints, information panels and a touch screen computer kiosk presentation of related video material.
Follow the links below for more information on John Martin: