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Rory Williams

Rory Williams is a Tyne and Wear based painter, curator and art instructor with interdisciplinary interests in figurative painting, digital media and community art engagement. His artistic and curatorial practices often merge, blurring the lines between facilitator and creator, creating community collaborative painting projects that explore contemporary themes.

Recent Curatorial Projects

Rory Williams is the Freelance Curator at The Customs House in South Shields, where he curates exhibitions and delivers a visual arts programme that engages the public with various art classes and workshops. Recent exhibitions include Prometheus (2023), Inspired by Lindisfarne (2023), TCH Open (2021, 2022), Out of Place (2022), Amra Shobai Ekhanay: We Are Here (2022), His Life: South Tyneside (2022),Takeover Open Exhibition (2022), Glaucus & Scylla (2022), Express Yourself – International Women’s Day Exhibition (2022), and Stories from Here and There (2022). In tandem with his position at The Customs House, Rory is also the co-founder and project manager of Art Matters Now.

Community art workshops

Oil Painting for Beginners

Want to learn how to paint with oils in a social and beginner friendly environment? Come join Oil Painting for Beginners! Throughout this class you’ll be taught all the basic skills you need to start painting with oils and make your own portraits, landscapes, still lifes and more! All materials and light refreshments provided. 

Bespoke Art Workshops

Bespoke art and craft workshops are available for children and young people who are keen to explore their interest in different art mediums in a safe and fun environment outside of a school setting. Previous workshops have included drawing, printmaking, paper-based craft making, and photography. Parents and carers are welcome to take part as well!


Rory’s painting practice primarily focuses on oil painting and drawing on large scales, with a particular emphasis on individuals within public spaces, sketched candidly and later abstracted.