AV Festival returns with answers!
George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier provided the inspiration for the AV Festival in 2016, which posed the question: Meanwhile, What About Socialism? Part 2 of the festival ...
The open-ended fluidity of womanhood
WO/ at Vane aims to raise questions regarding what it means to be a woman in the modern era, though the perspective of female-identifying artists and their work. And all just ...
Fancy a Bloody Mary?
This portrait of Mary I is just one of the exhibits that make up Tudors: the family and faith in Durham, which can currently be seen at Durham Cathedral’s world-class Open Tre...
The past informing the future
Newcastle-based artist Kate Liston has created a new installation for the Hatton Gallery that has been inspired by the work of German artist Ella Bergmann-Michel, whose work w...
Looks like Greggs have a sale on
This wonderful photograph has nothing to do with Greggs actually and everything to do with the David Smith photo agency in Berwick which bloomed in the 1950s. It’s a fascinati...
Absoluteness and abstraction
He’s arguably the greatest artist of the 20th century and prints of some of his late works are coming to the Gala Gallery in Durham this February and March. Welcome Matisse.
The spirit in the mass
Following their excellent Paul Nash show, the Laing Art Gallery are once again shining a light onto the work of another 20th century British maverick, David Bomberg. Rubbing h...
Like something almost being said…
The humble tree is pushed upfront and centre in The Long View, an exhibition at the Great North Museum: Hancock from husband and wife artists, photographer Rob Fraser and poet...
He's earned his stripes
To say that Sean Scully likes his stripes is akin to suggesting that Vincent van Gogh enjoys slapping on a bit of yellow; and you can see early work from the twice Turner Priz...
Hack in the USSR
Photographer Niels Ackerman and journalist Sébastien Gobert have scoured former soviet states in search of toppled statues to document their often inglorious fate.
Masculinity: out for the count?
The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man at Vane brings together recent sculptural works that explore the fallibilities in seemingly certain masculine positions.
William Smith? Wasn’t he…
William Smith (1790-1847) was a carpenter’s son from Seaton Sluice who built a ship in Blyth and then discovered Antarctica. He died in poverty, unrecognised for his achieveme...
A Sex Shop Ceiling in Cannes...?
Indeed this pic is The Sex Shop Ceiling in Cannes: it’s the title of a 2017 watercolour by Susie Green, which can be seen at her new show at the Workplace Gallery in Gateshead...