Art What’s On
North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions
The Bowes Museum: May 17th 2021 - Sep 19th 2021
This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces. Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which will be reflected in the exhibition. Other examples will include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more.
Flesh on the Bones
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum: May 17th 2021 - Sep 30th 2021
This mini exhibition will look at the animal skulls and other bones excavated on the site, and consider what they reveal about life in the Roman fort.
Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk
Great North Museum: Hancock: May 17th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
Imagination is in all of us. You just have to find the spark. The art of Gateshead design studio Atomhawk will take you to other worlds in this new exhibition for everyone. Enter the fantasy universe of The Realm and experience Tyneside like never before as you delve into the process of a digital artist to see what makes them tick. Atomhawk’s designers have contributed to films and video games like Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires and Minecraft Earth. Will they inspire you to begin your creative journey?
Laing Art Gallery: May 17th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021
The 20th century was a time of great change for women in Britain. Those born, raised and educated in the 19th century, then forming relationships and working in the 20th century saw extraordinary progress. But against that backdrop was their struggle to challenge the conventions imposed upon them by a patriarchal society. Challenging Convention explores four women artists – Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), Laura Knight (1877-1970), Gwen John (1876-1939) and Dod Procter (1890-1972) - through their lives and work in a climate of modernism, transformation and increasing emancipation. Each of them was embedded within a web of fellow artists and intellectuals; and made a significant impact on the profile of women artists within traditional institutions and in the public eye.
WOW: Women Only Works on Paper
Laing Art Gallery: May 17th 2021 - Dec 4th 2021
Running concurrently with Challenging Convention, the Laing is also exhibiting WOW: Women Only Works on Paper, a display of over 50 watercolours and pastels complemented by etchings and screenprints. The artists Winifred Knights, Ithell Colquhoun, Annie French, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Thérèse Lessore, Hilda Carline and Paule Vézelay are all represented, as well as other accomplished but lesser-known female artists working in the first part of the 20th century. The exhibition has been brought together by the renowned art dealers Liss Llewellyn and includes some works from private collections as well as pictures from the Laing collection.
Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: May 17th 2021 - Oct 16th 2021
Sheila Graber’s major retrospective exhibition marking her 80th birthday, which was originally scheduled for May 2020, is now set to be unveiled when the museum reopens. During the Covid 19 pandemic Graber has reflected further on her artistic journey and re-shaped the themes and content of the exhibition to heighten their relevance for today. This family-friendly exhibition brings together the full range of Graber’s engaging and passionate work, including landscapes, portraits and delightful animations. Her playful and humorous cartoon cat companion features throughout. The South Shields artist is also a great champion of the creativity that exists in us all and has encouraged and inspired countless others. As well as celebrating Graber’s own work, the exhibition will capture her wider impact and offer the opportunity for everyone to try their hand at creating an artwork.
Baltic Open Submission
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: May 19th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is pleased to announce BALTIC Open Submission, a major open-call exhibition. Opening early 2021 the exhibition involves over 150 artists and makers based in the North East of England. All entries were selected by a panel of three artists based in the North East: Richard Bliss, Lady Kitt and Padma Rao, and Katie Hickman, Curator (Performance and Public Programme) at BALTIC. The exhibition will include a wide range of media including painting, drawing, print, sculpture, ceramic, installation, video and sound works. BALTIC Open Submission seeks to give visibility to arts practice from individuals and collectives that may not previously have been seen by a public audience.
Pakui Hardware: Virtual Care
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: May 19th 2021 - Oct 3rd 2021
For their first solo exhibition in the UK, Pakui Hardware (artists Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) will present a newly devised commission created specially for BALTIC’s level 2 gallery space, exploring the subject of robotic and virtual care at a particularly significant moment when we find ourselves more concerned than ever with the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Pakui Hardware’s work considers the movement of capital through bodies, technology and materials and how it shapes our realities. Reminiscent of futuristic or biological settings, their hybrid sculptures and installations use materials such as glass, artificial fur, textiles, leather, chia seeds, soil, silicone, metal and plastics. In recent years, their work has explored questions around contemporary medicine, imagining possible futures where material limitations are transcended by fragmenting, multiplying and recreating human and non-human bodies.
Simon Pell’s 2020 vision – lockdown paintings
The Witham: May 19th 2021 - Jun 12th 2021
Simon’s primary obsession in the (Teesdale inspired) semi-abstract landscape paintings that he creates is the expressive (non-naturalistic) use, and visual power, of colour. His paintings are based on snapped-photos when walking and adventuring on Teesdale’s glorious hills and fells (which is a landscape he has lived in and explored for over 30 years – a landscape which never ceases to delight and challenge him, physically and artistically).
Frans & Nico Widerberg Exhibition
Gallagher & Turner: May 20th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021
Frans & Nico Widerberg Exhibition
Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show 2021
Hatton Gallery: Jun 5th 2021 - Jun 19th 2021
This exhibition will showcase the work of 56 emerging artists at the culmination of their four-year Bachelor's degree in Fine Art. It will showcase a diverse set of art practices including: Painting, Print, Photography, Sculpture, Video, Sound art, Performance, Installation, Textiles, New media.
Gill Kopka – Colours of the Dales
The Witham: Jun 16th 2021 - Jul 13th 2021
Gill is a member of the Carperby Art Group who exhibit their work locally, both as a group and individually. Gill works with coloured pencil and watercolour, specialising in flowers and animals, although has recently ventured into landscape too. Her paintings are a celebration of the vibrant colours of nature, displaying her fascination with the beautiful shapes and contours of natural forms. Her artistic style shows great attention to detail with images portrayed in a realistic way, since she firmly believes it’s difficult to improve on the stunning beauty of the natural world.
Sutapa Biswas: Lumen
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jun 26th 2021 - Mar 20th 2022
This major solo exhibition by Sutapa Biswas will span the artist’s extensive career. Biswas was a vital contributor to the Black Arts Movement in Britain and to shifting understanding of post-war British art. Biswas' works visually disrupt, challenge and reimagine our present time. Visual theorist Griselda Pollock said that it was Biswas who ‘forced us all to acknowledge the Eurocentric limits of the discourses within which we practise’. Since the early 1980s, Biswas’ works have explored themes of time and space, particularly in relationship to gender, identity and desire. The exhibition will demonstrate the artist’s acute commitment to addressing questions of identity and ideas of dislocation and belonging, through the display of drawing, photography and the moving image. Several works included in the exhibition address recurring themes of motherhood and colonial histories.