What's On - Art & Exhibitions
The Old School Gallery’s Spring Exhibition this year promises a celebration of all things paint-related: from the geometric-infused landscapes of Deborah Grice to the vibrant minimalism of Heidi Langridge, Cat Moore’s linocut prints to Adam Higton’s more playful paintings.
Glass and ceramics have long been used as materials to make objects that contain light. These objects are practical – they keep us safe from open flames or they diffuse the glare of electric bulbs – but many artists have also used glass and ceramics to create beautiful light sources that also reflect cultural or religious significance, design styles of a particular time and the skill of mastering different techniques associated with glasswork. The National Glass Centre’s newest exhibition, consisting of works from National Glass Centre’s collection and loans from the V&A, aims to illuminate that lightbulb of an idea in the next generation of designers.
This group exhibition showcases the work of six international artists, who all draw their inspiration from an eclectic mix of sources: employing ideas found in aspects of the Renaissance, the depiction of women in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, the examination of form and structure by colourists such as Mattisse and Hockney, and source material from modern illustration. Blurring the edges of figurative painting while challenging its very tradition, Mark Demsteader, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Chris Gambrell, Elizabeth Power and John Smyth confront politics, society, storytelling and gender in this imaginative display.
Otobong Nkanga prompts us to think about our relationships to land and the extraction of the world’s natural resources. Her tapestries, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and performances reflect on the environment and global systems of production and consumption, and offer a thought-provoking experience for young and old alike.
William De Morgan was perhaps the most intriguing ceramic designer of the late Victorian period. He was life-long friends with William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and created elaborate ceramics to complement their fashionable designs. In 1887, he married professional artist Evelyn Pickering, whose paintings bear the influence of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, yet have a distinctive style and clearly projected her own political concerns. This exhibition explores the exceptional work of these two fascinating artists, described by Sir Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy, as ‘two of the rarest spirits of the age’.
Bringing to life the fascinating story of Viking life in Northumberland, this exhibition explores how they lived, how their arrival impacted the way of life on our shores, and what their legacy has been – and promises to impress with a number of original items on display from JORVIK’s unrivalled collection. Plus, there’s the chance for younger visitors to dress up as a bona fide norseman or woman and take part in a number of craft activities.
Spring is a time of rebirth and revival – the perfect time of year to celebrate our local landscapes. And this exhibition at No. 42 promises to showcase some of the finest work inspired by nature from the North East’s most exciting local artists. You never know, you might just discover your new favourite piece.