Quick, before Paper Folk Fold; Other Exhibitions in the Tees Valley:

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Byline: Karen McLauchlan

TIME is running out to see the fascinating collection of "paper people" on show at Hartlepool Art Gallery.

The exhibition of life-size figures created by artist PHILIP COX comes to an end tomorrow. Each of the remarkable sculptures has been made by Philip from corrugated cardboard, paper pulp and coloured paper during the course of his 25 years as a professional artist.

Despite having received no formal training as an artist, Philip was a firm believer in "having a go" and an exhibition of his work in Nottingham in 1986 launched his career as a professional sculptor.

Since then several major solo exhibitions of his work have been held in the UK and he has been commissioned by international paper manufacturers to create artwork using their materials. He has also produced window displays for London department store Harvey Nichols and his largest commission to date has been the creation of 60 figures for the Nottingham-based visitor attraction The Tales Of Robin Hood.

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-5pm and entry is free. Details on 01429 869706.

* * * * * * WORK by husband and wife team VIC and HAZEL SMITH from Swaledale is on show at Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal until the end of the month.

Since retiring in 1997 as head of art at Richmond School, Vic has spent most of his time painting and drawing the wonderful landscape of the two northern Dales. Hazel has worked as a practising artist in Reeth for almost 20 years. Both have work in private collections throughout the world.

The exhibition can be viewed daily from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday. Paintings will be available for sale. Details on 01748 825252.

* * * * * * HAVE you checked out mima's new exhibitions yet? The main event at the Middlesbrough gallery is A CERTAIN DISTANCE, ENDLESS LIGHT and is a collaboration between Cuban born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who is well known for using everyday objects like lightstrings, billboards and stacks of paper; and Irish artist William McKeown, highly regarded for paintings, drawings and watercolours that express his concern about our relationship with nature outside and within. …