Episode 52 – The Podcast Turns 1! 🎉

Happy Birthday to us! It was just over a year ago when we first started this podcast, and with this being episode 52 we thought we’d celebrate here, have a look back at what an amazing year it’s been, and re-introduce ourselves.

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We’ll be coming back on the 13th September! In the meantime you can still reach us on our socials and through email, and as always if you have any recommendations send them our way!

Did you have any favourite episodes in the past year? What was the most outstanding exhibition or event you checked out yourself? You can let us know in the comments or by sending us a comment or message on our Twitter or Instagram.

Episode 50 – Susie Green and Simon Bayliss: ‘Artists’ Music Videos | Projections at Tyneside

For this week’s episode the girls popped back along to the Tyneside Cinema to check out the most recent event in the Projections programme: Susie Green & Simon Bayliss: Artists’ Music Videos. They had a fantastic evening watching an eclectic mix of music videos and true experimentations of what a music video could be.

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We managed to find a few of the music videos that were in the programme so you can check them out here:

You can find out more information about this event on the Projections website.

Field Trip 3 – Edinburgh And The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

For this week’s episode Alice and Amy finally went on their ‘sister trip’ up to Edinburgh, where they checked out the ‘Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism‘ exhibition at The National Scottish Museum Of Modern Art. We do love a bit of surrealism and it was great finding some familliar artists work and learning about some new ones (well, new to us because surrealism is an old movement).

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Exhibition runs until 25th October 2020.

Here’s some more information about the exhibition.

Location: The National Scottish Museum Of Modern Art

Cheeseburn Sculpture 2019

Every year Cheeseburn has a sculpture festival and this was the first time my Dad and I went along to check it out. Spoiler: it was amazing! If there’s one thing we love its a big old stately home, and although we couldn’t go in this one (it’s privately owned), the expansive lands around it filled with amazing art made do.

The grange has over 70 pieces of art by dozens of artists and there was so much in terms of style and variety; truly something for everybody. I don’t really know how to talk about everything we saw so I guess I could just go by favourites, both mine and my Dad’s.

First up, mine: the first thing we saw, because I saw it through the doors as we went to go get a map from the lady, was the lovely Erin Dickson’s amazing Authentic Venetian Chandelier, which we talked about a bit in our Abject Gallery Double-Bill episode a couple months back. It was cool seeing it irl, all lit up in an old stable.

The story behind this is fab: Erin was visiting a museum or gallery somewhere in Italy and when trying to take a photo of a stunning Venetian glass chandelier, she was told she wasn’t allowed. However, one thing she learned she was able to do was to use a mobile 3D scanning app, so she scanned this then printed the whole thing. The result is obviously very unlike the original piece, and goes to show that new technologies aren’t the pinnacle of contemporary ways of making. I do love this chandelier though and would love to have a house big enough that I could have it in a grand entryway or something.

Next up is one of my Dad’s favourites. Following the trail around we went into the game larder, where glass artist Ayako Tani was showing some of her remarkably delicate and detailed glass ships in bottles, which were also available to purchase. These things are absolutely amazing, and one of those things (like most sculpture tbf) that I’ve got no idea whatsoever how you’d go about making. We said hello and goodbye to Ayako, and on our way out she told us she has an exhibition on in the chapel as well, which I for whatever reason assumed was going to be a really large glass ship in a bottle. What’s much more impressive than 1 large ship in a bottle, however, is like 150 small ships in bottles, covering almost every surface of this cute little chapel. I mean just look at this:

Here’s a quote from my Dad: “I’ve always had a fascination with ships in bottles, but this was on a whole other level. It was amazing. It must have been so difficult making it all with glass, even the little ropes and everything.”

We followed the trail around and came to another favourite of mine:

These little monkeys are Brigitte Jurack’s Scavengers, and there were a whole bunch of them they were fab. The parts of them covered in yellow look to be some kind of wax, and like at most exhibitions I go to it was all I could do not to touch them and find out. The rock in the foreground there is called The Oxton Rock and reminded me a bit of Elmer the Elephant which was pretty neat.

This next piece is a definite favourite of both myself and my Dad; it’s ‘Enlightenment?’ by Peter Hamner. Anyone who has visited Baltic recently to check out Digital Citizen (or at least anyone who’s listened to our episode about it), would recognise these mildly disturbing figures and dystopian scenes. They’re awesome.  

“It was weird like. I know art’s a subjective thing, everyone gets something different out of it, but to me this one showed just how crazy the world is.”

Another fave of mine was ‘Nostalgia de la boue: Plastic Friend’ by Clare Townley. Townley is the winner of last year’s Gillian Dickinson award which enabled her to make this and install it at Cheeseburn. It’s made up entirely of waste and repurposed plastic and transforms this delightful copse of trees into a dystopian installation that makes you consider the impact of plastic on our environment. There’s even a swing you can sit on to do this contemplating, looking out onto the untouched landscape nearby (which my Dad is doing here).

I’m gonna finish up by sharing a favourite of my Dad’s, and something we both had a bit of fun with. It’s this cool glass piece by Cate Watkinson (I’m pretty sure anyway), and we both thought that the little bubbles in the glass were raindrops, however we loved this little convex lens aspect of it because it made our faces look funny from each side.

So that just about does it for this blog post. Cheeseburn is free to go to (however they are a charity and rely on donations), so it’s absolutely worth a visit. The only thing is that you pretty much have to drive there, I’ve got no idea how you would even nearly get a bus to this place. If you do head along though let us know, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

-Alice

Cheeseburn is open somewhat sporadically over the summer:

  • June 29th / 30th
  • July 6th / 7th
  • August 24th / 25th / 26th
  • August 31st / September 1st

Here’s some more information.

Location: Cheeseburn Grange

Field Trip 2 – Barcelona and the MACBA

For this week’s episode the girls wanted to talk about that time they went to Barcelona, and their visit to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. There were two fantastic and remarkably extensive exhibitions on show, ‘A Short Century: MACBA Collection‘ and ‘Christian Marclay: Compositions‘, so have a listen as we break these down and just generally talk about the trip.

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Find out more info about the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Episode 47 – Talking about Shieldfield Art Works with Alison Merritt Smith

For this week’s episode the wonderful Alison Merritt Smith, director of The Holy Biscuit here in Newcastle, came into the studio to have a chat about The Holy Biscuit and it’s current transition and re-brand into Shieldfield Art Works. We talked about the launch party, the current exhibition, and the effect of the rise of student accommodation has on the community.

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The SAW Launch Party is on the 7th June, 17:30 – 21:00. Find out some more info here.

Location: Shieldfield Art Works (The Holy Biscuit)

You can book the walks around Shieldfield with artist Dr Mikey Tomkins on Eventbrite.

Episode 45 – Stories from the Big Flat Now by Peter McArdle

Happy Saturday everyone! This episode is coming a little late in the day but it’s worth the wait because we think it’s a good one! For this one we went along to Abject Gallery to check out the preview of Peter McArdle’s exhibition ‘Stories from the Big Flat Now‘. It’s a very surreal and wide ranging exhibition that provoked a whole bunch of conversation from us.

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Exhibition runs until 1st June 2019.

More info about the exhibition here.

Location: Abject Gallery

Opening times: Wednesday – Sat, 11:00 – 17:00

Episode 35 – Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, and the Sunderland Museum

For this week’s episode the girls went along to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to check out the Da Vinci drawings, but we were blown away by other exhibitions that were available to see as well! Specifically we loved the body of work by Andrew Tift called ‘One Day You’ll Be Older Too’, which was commissioned by the museum and features remarkably realistic hand-drawn portraits of local care home residents and their stories.

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Exhibition runs until 6th May 2019, cost is £2.50 (or free for under 16s).

More information about the Da Vinci drawings and ‘One Day You’ll Be Older Too’.

Location: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Opening times: Monday-Tuesday, 10:00 – 15:00, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00 – 19:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00