Axwell Park launches photography competition to put North East landmarks in the frame

  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
  • By: Tim Deakin

To mark the completion of the £3.3 million Courtyard property development here at Axwell Park, we are holding a photography competition with Newcastle College, designed to celebrate the work of two of the region’s most prominent architects.

The competition will showcase images taken by 80 photography students at Newcastle College to celebrate the most stunning architectural designs in the region - including our very own Axwell Hall. As part of the competition, students will be asked to produce a portfolio of images featuring a minimum of one example of the work of each architect.  The competition winners will be determined by a judging panel and the results of an online vote via the Axwell Park social media pages on facebook and twitter.  The overall winner will receive a £300 voucher for photography equipment, with two runners up receiving a further £100 voucher each. In addition, the best portfolios will be showcased at Axwell Park itself.

Originally designed by renowned architect James Paine, one of the leading architects of the Georgian-age, the Grade II* listed Axwell Hall showcases the Palladian style of architecture made popular by the likes of Paine among the 18th century aristocracy.  Leading North East architect John Dobson made alterations to the Hall in the early 19thcentury and the students will be commemorating their achievements in shaping the North East with a portfolio of images featuring buildings designed by both architects. 

Major works attributed to James Paine include Bywell Hall and Belford Hall in Northumberland and Gibside Chapel in Rowlands Gill.  John Dobson is widely recognised by many as one of the North East’s most notable architects with Newcastle Central Station, Belsay Hall, Doxford Hall and Carlton Terrace in Jesmond amongst the many examples of his work in the region.

Alex Dawson, a director of Eight Property Ltd said:  “It was Axwell Hall that inspired the idea for the photography competition as the building and wider park is so carefully concealed in the landscape and therefore hidden from view.  Despite being a quite stunning building, it is principally known only to those in the local vicinity and we wanted to bring to light one of the region’s unknown architectural gems and in turn, highlight the work of the region’s most prominent architects in shaping the landscape of the local area.

“We are interested to see how photography can be used to create a new and unique perspective on centuries-old buildings, and in turn showcase some of the prized-buildings that are right under our noses.  We are delighted to be working alongside Newcastle College and its students in creating what is sure to be an interesting and dramatic collection of images. This will, in turn, help to shine a light on the work of two highly regarded architects.”

Catherine Shield, photography course leader at Newcastle College added:  “There are numerous examples of the work by James Paine and John Dobson throughout the North East – from grand halls to churches – and it is the variety of the buildings and the intricate detail in the designs that offers real opportunity for the students to showcase their creativity and skill as photographers.  I am excited to see what they can produce and I’m sure the final collection will give visitors a new perspective on some familiar landmarks - and a rare glimpse at less well known buildings – from across the region.”

The final winning images will be displayed within the Courtyard, a collection of apartments and houses located on the site of the former stables at Axwell Park.  For more information please contact the Sales Manager on 07887 408826 or