ARTISTS have worked together to tell the stories of some of Darlington’s most mysterious women.

North-East curator Michaela Wetherell explored the town’s art collection and found a number of paintings featuring forgotten and unknown subjects.

She invited the public and a number of artists to ruminate on the lives and times of the intriguing women and to help her to tell their stories.

On Tuesday, November 22, the Tell Her Story exhibition will open at the Crown Street Art Gallery.

It will see the original paintings exhibited alongside a series of artworks inspired by them and created by artists across the region.

Ms Wetherell said: “I wanted to look at the Darlington art collection in a different way and show people that you can look at art differently, without knowing any information about it.

“My aim was to find women in collections and exhibit them, but I found something more fascinating - a whole series of paintings that either had no date, no known artist or no known subject.

“Working with some very talented artists we’ve created an exhibition that focuses on the forgotten or unknown.

“We’ve also been able to get the public involved in telling the stories of these women while also showcasing some of the talents the North-East has to offer.”

The exhibition, supported by Creative Darlington and Arts Council England, will run until Thursday, January 12.

It will feature work from artists including Alyson Agar, Micea Cirtog, Sarah Cooney and Jonny Lancaster.