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Nurturing Reinvention

Newcastle Contemporary Art is hosting a retrospective of the work of Sally Madge. She died in 2020, but her works continues to challenge and delight.

Sally Madge had the ability to come at the commonplace from an oblique angle to transfigure it totally. “I am interested in the performative potential of daily life and domestic rituals, and the sculptural possibilities of the environments and materials encountered there.” She was an artist utterly unbound by one discipline, her multimedia output embracing ceramics, painting, sculpture, collage, film, installation and performance in countless contributions and collaborations in solo and group shows at home and abroad. Among her recurring themes were power and identity, our sense of animality, and the magic of coastal spaces. She also imbued her pieces with a mischievous wit (see ‘Stuff of Dreams’ – video still – pictured), as well as plenty of wisdom and intrigue, as she sought to nurture reinvention in the practice of artistic endeavours.

Sally Madge: Nowhere better than this place, 28 January-25 February, Newcastle Contemporary Art, High Bridge, Newcastle. visitnca.com