Art What’s On
Ben Jeans Houghton: Screaming Bird, Singing Dawn, Rainbow Mountain (Closed physically, OPEN DIGITALLY)
BALTIC 39: Jan 25th 2020 - Jul 31st 2020
Ben Jeans Houghton works across film, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, performance and installation. Through these mediums he investigates ritual and magic’s potential for transformation from multiple perspectives: the astrological, animistic, philosophical, psychological and the cinematic. This exhibition is centred around Jeans Houghton’s film essay Screaming Bird, Singing Dawn, Rainbow Mountain. The film has been developed during the artist’s two-month BALTIC residency at the Hongti Art Center in Busan, South Korea in 2018. It explores the ritual practices of Korean shamanism the mudang (shamans) who perform them. Divided into chapters, the film considers intersections between Korean shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity and capitalism. Interviews with mudang, monks and astrologers provide insights into alternative knowledges, which are passed down through generations. The film’s narrative also discusses broader ideas around states of consciousness, possibilities of embodiment and notions of ‘cosmogenesis’ (the origin and development of the cosmos), through the exploration of creation myths and their associated belief systems.
Hatton Gallery: Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 23rd 2021
A solo exhibition of work by Linder Sterling. Most well known for her photomontage, this exhibition explores the diverse range of Linder’s practice. It explores Linder as performance artist, zine-maker, musician, documentary-photographer, collaborator, muse, guru, medium and body-builder. Linder was born in Liverpool in 1954 and was an active figure in the punk and post-punk music scenes. Probably best known for the album covers which she created, her photomontages often combine everyday images taken from fashion or home magazines with images from pornography.
Sheila from Shields
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: Oct 10th 2020 - Apr 10th 2021
This new exhibition delves into the life, art and inspiration of animator and trailblazing teacher Sheila Graber from South Tyneside (and her cat). Sheila Graber is a passionate advocate for the creativity that exists in everyone, and has developed animation and inspired students for generations. This retrospective exhibition produced by Sheila explores her life journey and world view of everyone as an artist. A programme of family workshops will accompany the exhibition.