Art What’s On
Somewhere In Between
Vane: Jul 18th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019
Newcastle-based artist Oliver Doe’s new exhibition, ‘Somewhere In Between’, questions the way that we see queer people, turning this abstraction on its head in order to proudly demonstrate LGBTQ bodies as a defiant site of political and cultural difference. Queer erasure is rendered into boldly coloured minimalist paintings, defiantly present in the space, and yet containing a pervading sense of absence in their reduced forms. The shapes in these images take their cues from bodily forms, viewed close up and magnified so that the actual bodies, their gender or identity, become unrecognisable. These forms then overlap, confusing the sense of positive and negative space between the figures, blurring the limits of these queer bodies further.
Art Meets Play
Thought Foundation: Jul 26th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
This summer Thought Foundation has created an exhibition which explores your inner child and opens new doors into an immersive alternative create world where art meets play.
Elmer’s Great North Parade
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Aug 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019
The Word will be taking part in Elmer’s Great North Parade, which will run for 11 weeks from August to November 2019. In honour of their Amazing Space exhibition and the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, The Word will be welcoming Elmer Armstrong during the trail – a celebration of the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.
Frances Priest: Influences of the East
The Bowes Museum: Jun 22nd 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
Inspired by different cultures, places and periods in history, Ceramic artist Frances Priest’s most recent works will be shown among historic Chinese and Japanese porcelain from The Bowes Museum’s own collection, selected by curator Howard Coutts. Using The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones as a stepping stone into exploration, Frances creates intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate her fascination for ornament and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which she builds richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals. This exhibition looks at the colour, line and pattern in ceramics both from and inspired by the East. The remarkable vivid colours and patterns painted onto white porcelain of the historical works provides an interesting comparison to Frances’ contemporary explorations of ornamental motifs, surface pattern and colour.
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.
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.
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.
120th Anniversary of The Fisherman's Mission
The Old Low Light: Jul 30th 2019 - Sep 30th 2019
Retired local fishermen present the history of North Shields’ very own Fishermen’s Mission, an institution which is 120 years old in 2019.
Michael Smith - Fisherman Painter
The Old Low Light: Jul 30th 2019 - Sep 30th 2019
Michael Smith, artist, fisherman exhibits a selection of his work in conjunction with our 120th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Mission.
Mining Art by Karen M Thompson
Cafe on the Green: Aug 1st 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
Pastel Art of Miners portraits and nostalgia.
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.