All roads lead to Berwick...
First up at The Granary Gallery is Spirited, featuring work from female artists in the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Women have been scandalously underrepresented and undervalued throughout the history of art, but shows such as this are looking to redress the balance somewhat, especially this year which marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act that gave the first British women the right to vote.
It draws on works from The Ingram Collection, one of the country’s most significant and publically accessible collections of modern British art, and celebrates a number of key British women artists from the past one hundred years including pieces by Dod Proctor (that’s her Golden Girl, 1930, pictured), Barbara Hepworth, Laura Knight, Bridget Riley and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. It will be accompanied by a programme of lectures, practical art workshops and exhibition tours.
At The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick will also be welcoming a Turner Prize winner in the shape of Douglas Gordon. This exhibition will feature his major installation 10ms-1, 1994, from the Tate’s own collection that contains footage of a medical film from the First World War, documenting the attempts of a psychologically injured man to stand up and walk, recording the real symptoms of war trauma. Showing alongside this is Looking Down With His Black, Black, Ee, 2008, which takes its title from a popular Scottish poem about a bird sitting on a treetop, looking down on a group of children, suggesting a foreboding menace…Spirited, 26 May-16 October, The Granary Gallery; Artist Rooms: Douglas Gordon, 2 June-2 September, The Gymnasium Gallery. (Both Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm). berwickvisualarts.co.uk