Our visit to the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle on February 20th.was the first for many of the fifteen strong group. Our main purpose was to see “Marilyn Monroe, A British Love Affair” which was an exhibition of photographs and magazine covers from 1947 to 1962 highlighting the British photographers and personalities who had met Marilyn. This included the iconic “blown white dress”. We were very lucky to be talked round the exhibition by Hazel Barron-Cooper who then gave us a brief history of the gallery. She then talked about some interesting ceramics by Markus Karstieb which were the result of a year-long residency in Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department.

Given the beautiful and photogenic nature of the subject, these photographs couldn’t fail to impress and I would recommend this exhibition to anyone interested in photography.