by Dave Black, The Journal


FAMILIES are being encouraged to add their creative touches to a work by Yoko Ono.

The-six day event is part of an exhibition of the Japanese artist at the Baltic, on the Gateshead side of the Tyne.

Parents and children will use Yoko Ono’s 1966 Add Colour Painting as inspiration when adding paint to a giant 60m-long white banner.

The work was first exhibited at Indica Gallery, London, in 1966 with brushes and paint provided for viewers.

Now Tyneside art fans can recreate the 60s spirit created by the wife of Beatles legend John Lennon.

Yoko Ono said: “I call this Add Colour Painting.

“It is very important to have art which is living and changing.

“Every phase of life is beautiful, so is every phase of painting.”

Baltic bosses are providing paints from every colour in the rainbow to get the creative juices flowing.

Families will be able to choose their favourite shade from a range which includes magenta, purple, lime green, baby pink and orange to put their mark on the massive blank canvas.

Add Colour is a free family event taking place on the first floor of The Baltic until Sunday.

When completed, the canvas will be hung on the wall between the gallery and The Sage.

The Yoko Ono exhibition will run at The Baltic until March 15.