An artist has recreated a street scene inside a museum, almost 30 years after she first produced it.
Sheila Graber is one of the UK's most celebrated animators, worked on the popular 1970s BBC children's series Paddington and her art has been shown in galleries world-wide.
Her 1991 mural of a local street was a fixture of South Shields Museum until it was covered by another in 2004.
The 79-year-old has now repainted it to coincide with a retrospective of her decades-long career, which opens at the museum in May.
She said it was "interesting" to return to the scene.
"You're bringing the past alive by redoing it, so you're not just looking back, but bringing the past into the present", she said.
Graber began her career teaching after attending art school in Sunderland, and then in 1970 turned to animation, becoming internationally-known for her work on the stop-motion animated series based on Michael Bond's Paddington Bear books.
She has won several major awards from the Royal Television Society, shown her work in the Tate and several other galleries, and has taught all over the world.
In 1998 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for Outstanding services to Education and Art.
When she was first asked to redo the painting she said her first thought was "can I do it, climbing up on things?".
"But the lads here have been great with providing platforms," the artist said.
"In any case it's better than washing the dishes - anything to avoid real work."
In advance of the retrospective, the museum is keen to track down any of Graber's works in private or public ownership, with a view to borrowing or reproduce them for it.
Adam Bell, assistant keeper of history, said: "As a child Sheila was strongly influenced by her visits to South Shields Central Library on Ocean Road, now the museum and art gallery.
"And we'd also like to hear from people who could share any memories, information or anecdotes about South Shields Arts Club and/or the art school."
The exhibition, Sheila from Shields (and her cat), will run from 2 May to 10 October.
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