Why did we forget about the north east?
We might be a bit more impressed with what we see in the north west now, thanks to a series of great images from the BBC’s new BBC One series, The North East.
There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of tourism in the area, with many people suggesting the northwest should be preserved as a tourist destination.
The show is about an isolated village in the far north of England that has been on the map for centuries and is often called the North East because of the huge number of images that have been taken there.
One of the images in the show, by artist Andy Weir, is of a little town called Tipperary, which is just a short drive from Tipperarack, a small hamlet of about 200 people.
Andy Weir is an artist and painter who lives in Tipperry.
“I came up with the idea of doing a series for the BBC about a village called Tipperton, which was in the same area of the country as the village of Tipperariack,” he told BBC Sport.
“Tipperton was one of the last settlements of people from Tipparack and that’s when I was really keen to photograph them.”
Andy was inspired by the work of artist Michael Kinsley who lived there and had some amazing images of the area.
“He was an amazing photographer,” Andy said.
“The only place in the world I think he’s ever been I’d love to go and photograph would be Tippareth, because it’s the only place he’s been to, and he was really proud of it.”
Andy was also inspired by a photograph of the Tipperara village from a year before his own.
“I went up there to find the old church and he’d taken the original images of it, and I found it and I thought, ‘Oh wow, this is really cool,'” he said.
He then took the images and started to paint.
It took about eight months to paint Tipparta, and Andy is still painting it every year.
In Tipperarn, Andy’s painting of the town is now on display in the Tipparoa Art Gallery in Tipparis.
After the BBC series, Andy told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that his work has been seen by tourists all over the world.
“People come up and say, ‘Where do you do your work?’ and it just makes it really easy for me to sell my paintings to people, which I’ve always done,” he said, explaining why he is painting now.
“It’s a very unique and unusual place.
It’s very different to any town in the UK and it’s really hard to get a job.”
Andy has been touring the country painting over the past two years and he hopes to continue working in the future.
“There’s so much stuff happening all over and it takes a long time to get to where you want to go.
But I think there’s so many wonderful places and places you’ll never find in any other country, that it’s just great to be able to tell people about,” he added.”
In the end, the best is yet to come.”
Read more about Tipperaria from BBC Sport: North East: A place where the past is now a guide for the present