Fred Wilson wowed audiences with his mesmerising theatre production for the play ‘Tango in Tibet’ creating a dazzling backdrop for the show. Involved in the creation and design of backdrops for the comedy hit,  TyneMet College HND Fine Art Student Fred, developed the theme alongside the team from the Seaton Delaval Art Centre, where the play was to be unveiled for the first time to an eager audience.

Fascinated by art from an early age, Fred would spend hours painting – mastering techniques and establishing a fondness for the renaissance period which today, still heavily influences his work. When approached for the Tango in Tibet commission, Fred said: “It was a fabulous opportunity to develop and expand my portfolio; with a strong passion for the arts it is an honour to be involved in the productions set design – especially in a local venue which has so much prestige”.

The production which was heavily influenced by comedy geniuses Morecambe and Wise, sees two comedians stuck at a Tibetan Temple where the drama and comedy then unfolds, Fred added: “My vision for the set design was to create something that would capture the heart of the play.”

As a Higher Education student, Fred’s desire to following his creative calling happened later in life after a successful career in the public sector, studying a HND in Fine Art, Fred said: “Studying at the TyneMet’s Creative Studios on the Queen Alexandra Campus has deepened my understanding of art, allowing me to develop my skills as a realism painter and the opportunity explore themes whilst concentrating on my love for the renaissance period particularly da Vinci and Vermeer – the tutors on my course have been great – truly inspiring.”

Award winning artist and fine art tutor Dr John O’Rourke said: “It’s always a pleasure to see a student growing in confidence and expanding their portfolio, Fred is a dedicated artist and has worked very hard when he started the course his drawing skills were good but he didn’t know how to use paint effectively.  Having been taught a few techniques he quickly developed those skills and has moved on from strength to strength. I’m delighted to see Fred’s work in situ – Seaton Delaval Art Centre is an amazing venue in the region – Fred should be very proud.”

For more information about the wide range of courses available at The Creative Studios, based at TyneMet’s Queen Alexandra Campus in North Shields, see creativestudios.tynemet.ac.uk