Art What’s On
Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust
Mima: Jun 29th 2019 - Sep 29th 2019
An exhibition about the relationships between plants, animals and humans at a time of climate crisis. Climate change works on all scales. The planet is made up of complex and co-dependent systems and human activity has endangered, damaged and made extinct habitats, animals, plans and organisms. Oceans are swelling as polar ice melts; fresh water is shrinking; carbon-based energy sources are depleted and plastics are polluting our waterways. Faced with this scale of destruction, it can be hard to know how to take action. The exhibition and public programme show how artists help us to visualize, feel and understand the scale of the issue and the need for change. They show communities and art projects setting the tone for change in industrial, commercial and governmental behaviours. Exhibiting artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Zheng Bo, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Miriam de Búrca, Laura Harrington, Andy Holden, David Lisser, Shahar Livne, Anne Vibeke Mou, Otobong Nkanga, Uriel Orlow, Faiza Ahmad Khan and Hanna Rullman, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Cooking Sections, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Diane Watson, Wayward.
Kathleen Gracen: The Landscape Of Norway
The People's Theatre: Jun 25th 2019 - Jul 28th 2019
Kathleen has found the dramatic scenery of Norway a deeply emotional experience. Her exhibition seeks to create in oils, her feelings when sailing through the Fjords.
The Posters of Golden Cabinet
Northern Print: Jul 10th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
This collection of 30 posters was created from 2013-2018 for Golden Cabinet - the acclaimed experimental music night that took place at the Kirkgate Community Centre in the small market town of Shipley, West Yorkshire. Golden Cabinet’s ‘sonic attack’ attracted a hardcore of followers over its 5 years as well as the attention of the mainstream media and international artists working at the bleeding edge of music and visual art. The posters were created by Nick Loaring (The Print Project) who took his inspiration from the type of music on offer: a brain-crushingly loud / brutal / in your face experience which was often repetitive, complex and intended to re-wire your internal circuits. All the posters were letterpress printed by hand one at a time using a variety of materials (washers / screws / vintage wood-type / hand-cut lino / laser-cut & engraved hardboard / MDF) in small editions of 30 or fewer. The type was always set by hand, firstly using what was available and then moving into hot-metal in 2014.
Tania Kovats: Head to Mouth
The Gymnasium Gallery: Jun 15th 2019 - Sep 8th 2019
Tania Kovats makes drawings, sculpture, installations, writing and large-scale projects that explore our experience, understanding and relationship with the natural world. Recently she has focused on water as her central subject, the seas and oceans, river systems, maritime culture, flooding and tides, necessarily touching on environmental concerns. For this new body of work at the Gymnasium Gallery, Kovat’s has explored water as a boundary, both psychological and physical with particular reference to how the River Tweed has acted as a geopolitical boundary.
Platform A Gallery: Jun 20th 2019 - Aug 1st 2019
THE NUMBER 8: The atomic number of oxygen, the bits in a byte, the primary planets in our solar system, the verticles in a cube… In the exhibition 8 Lines, a group of eight artists respond to the number eight through a diverse range of drawing processes. Artists will explore the figurative, notional, mathematical, geometrical, and cultural signifiers of the number eight, considering visual systems, form and structure through drawing. Artists taking part: Nick Kennedy, Mary Yacoob, Rachael Clewlow, Francesca Simon, Duncan Bullen, Ben Gooding, Patrick Morrissey, Hanz Hancock, Wendy Smith.
Sunderland Art Club
Arts Centre Washington: Jul 5th 2019 - Aug 3rd 2019
An exhibition showcasing work from members of the club. Most of the work will be for sale.
Execution of Justice
Ushaw College: Jul 5th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Mat Collishaw has created a site-specific installation at Ushaw that explores themes of martyrdom, treason, worship and heresy. It features one of the real treasures at Ushaw: an eagle designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, the Gothic Revival architect best known for designing the interior of the Houses of Parliament. He also designed some of the buildings and many interior features at Ushaw and the renowned British artist Mat Collishaw was inspired by his work to create ‘Execution of Justice’, which will be installed in the ornate ante-chapel of the Chapel of St Cuthbert. This will feature a large animatronic eagle that will ‘face off’ with Pugin’s bird. Collishaw’s will be able to look around and twitch, raise its wings to full span, while also teasing and torturing a mechanical mouse. The eagles tensely represent both victim and aggressor, provoking thoughts of two opposing viewpoints of Christianity: Protestant and Catholic, martyr and heretic.
Chai & Chat
Gateshead Central Library: Jul 17th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019
GemArts have worked with GVEMSG Women’s Feel Good Group and artist Michelle Wood on a visual arts project, exploring family histories and the tradition of making ‘Chai’ Indian tea. Recipes are often individual, involving a unique combination of spices like fennel, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves amongst others and handed down through generations. This exhibition presents textile artwork inspired by each family’s unique chai recipe. Each piece includes a collection of handmade elements where stitching, crochet and fabric staining sits alongside family photographs, handwritten recipes and fragments of maps of South East Asia.
Journey’s Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens: Jul 20th 2019 - Sep 22nd 2019
A rare opportunity to see the UK’s first exhibition to explore the refugee crisis through illustration. The exhibition features 40 multi -media works by 12 contemporary artists, two of whom are themselves refugees. Illustrators have the unique opportunity to act as visual journalists, spending extended periods of time in situations where photography is often banned or too intrusive. Journey’s Drawn features work including Iranian artist Majid Adin’s award-winning animation for Elton John’s Rocket Man which draws on his own journey to the UK. Imprisoned for his political works in Iran, Adin was smuggled to London inside a refrigerator before winning a competition to re-imagine the iconic ballad. Palestinian-Syrian Mahmoud Salameh’s bold cartoons–inspired by 17 months in an Australian detention centre–and British Libyan Asia Alfasi’s manga explore issues faced by refugees. The exhibition also includes war zone reportage by George Butler from Syria, Olivier Kugler’s digital portraits of refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Kos, and Kate Evans’ graphic novel that recounts her experience of volunteering in the Calais Jungle.
The Old School Gallery: Jul 19th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019
Northumberland, Turner and photography collide in Andrew Gray’s work. Combining the love of history and mythology, creating abstract and impressionist works using a camera as if it were a brush. Andy uses a technique called Intentional Camera Movement to capture the starting point of his work then combines this with his extensive knowledge of post-processing to create works that bring a unique view of landscapes and landmarks from the North of the UK.
Hockney and Hollywood
The Bowes Museum: Jul 13th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Welcoming Hollywood to The Bowes Museum in the form of a major photo montage by Britain's most famous living artist. The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by film director Nicolas Roeg (best known for directing amongst others The Witches) for the movie Insignificance that starred his wife Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe. Accompanying this are original photographs taken by Roeg observing Hockney at work on the picture.
Journeys: Painted reliefs by Kevin Petrie
National Glass Centre: Jul 5th 2019 - Oct 6th 2019
Kevin Petrie is Head of the School of Art & Design at the University of Sunderland. He is also Professor of Glass and Ceramics and has taught for many years in the University’s Glass and Ceramics department based here in National Glass Centre. Although Kevin is known for his work in glass, ceramics and printmaking, his passion lies with drawing and painting. Kevin’s subject matter is often landscape and over the last three years, his work has evolved from figurative paintings made directly in the landscape to increasingly abstract pieces made in the studio.
A Nod to Nature by Julia Cutter
The Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet: Jul 4th 2019 - Aug 9th 2019
Julia has painted for many years, displaying work at various venues throughout the North East as a member of the art group - aim4art. This exhibition, being her first solo exhibition, is a personal challenge for Julia and a nod to nature. She is passionate about the environment and has a love of colour, and this is what drives Julia to experiment with different styles and mediums, capturing images and moods within her work. Influenced by gardens around the world, as well as local flora and fauna, she has developed an awareness of how important these things are in the context of our environment.