For this episode we welcome back Laura Sillars, Director of MIMA and Dean of MIMA School of Art & Design, to tell us a bit about the art school.
The MIMA School of Art & Design a part of Teeside University but has the distinct advantage of operating within one of the North’s most active and international galleries, We have a chat about the benefits of this for students, the wider impact the school wants to have on the community, and what studying there will look like for students come September.
For this week’s episode we went down to Hartlepool Art Gallery to check out Ellen Ranson’s (of Conny Art Festival fame) solo show, Under the Eaves. This mint display of abstract expressionism really was our cup of tea and we had such a fab time checking it out!
“Abstract expressionism is emblematic of these issues, whereby female artists of the era were marginalised and disregarded, whilst male artists rose to prominence. This blueprint can be applicable to contemporary patriarchal power structures. The artists’ work aims to perform the arrogance and ego associated with the Abstract Expressionist male archetype.“
We had such a blast checking out Humber Street Gallery for the first time we just had to make another episode about it! When we went there was a fab exhibition by Danish artist Aniara Omann called ‘Equanipolis‘, which looks at what the future of humanity just might be like. There was a whole range of stuff to have a look at, from wall-based pieces, somewhat sinister wooden mannekins, to a giant animatronic head!
For this week’s episode we have our first Field Trip of 2020 (well technically we went in 2019 but, you know). Back in December we went on down to Hull, somewhere neither of us had ever been before, to check out the amazing Humber Street Gallery, and a preview they had on for a new show, Proboscidea Rappings. This exhibition was super interesting and v surreal, about the life and times of circus elephant Jumbo, who’s name we can attribute to being synonymous with ‘large’.
If you want to check this exhibition out it’s on until the 2nd February (and also a new one just opened which looks sick).
For our first episode back we thought we’d pop along to BALTIC and check out the fantastic group exhibition ‘Animalesque / Art Aross Species and Beings‘, a show that “invite[‘s] visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other life forms and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.”
We had a blast checking it out and we’re sure you will too! It’s on until the 19th April so you’ve got ages!
For this week’s episode we headed back down to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art to have a look at the ‘Middlesbrough Collection, Why Are We Here? with Black Artists and Modernism‘ exhibition. For this one we’re joined by the wonderful Olivia Heron, an Assistant Curator at mima, who told us some more about the exhibition and shared some pretty cool stories when it came to getting the pieces together!
“Through a collaboration with research group Black Artists & Modernism, the collection is audited for all contributions by artists of African, Asian and Middle East and North Africa Region descent in the UK in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”
” The display is structured around questions that are key for any collection, explored through the perspective of the artwork: Where am I? Why am I here? Who am I? What am I doing? What’s next?. The results of this research are unveiled as they are uncovered, making new material available to the institution and its publics. “
For this week’s episode the girls have a chat about when they went to go see the fab photography exhibition ‘Observe. Experiment. Archive.’ at Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden.
This is a group exhibition that explores paralells between the science, history and photography, and is curated by the North East Photography Network (NEPN). There’s such a wide range of subjects explored, and some pretty amazing things to be seen – you’ve got until the 5th January to go check it out!
For this week’s episode we had a sit down and a chat with the wonderful Ellen Ranson and Elaine Robertson from Conny Art Festival to discuss the most recent edition of the festival. Conny is a two week long arts festival which takes place all over the town of Consett, in County Durham. There was workshops, exhibitions, live events and all sorts, and now it’s all over for this year we wanted to hear all about it from the festival’s two founders.
In this week’s episode the girls got invited back to The Laing to check out their newest exhibition The Enchanted Interior (spoiler: it was mint). This is a massive and amazingly curated exhibition that looks at the problematic and popular theme in art of the interior as a ‘gilded cage’ for women, which inhabit the space as ornaments.
For this week’s episode the girls went back along to the wonderful Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and had a chat with Senior Curator Elinor Morgan about their newest exhibition, For Many Voices by Mikhail Karikis. This exhibition is a survey of Karikis’s work over the past 10 years, and it massively employs the use of sound, documentary-style video, and a community focus.
“He employs listening as a form of activism, tuning into voices that operate beyond mainstream frequencies. In the past decade, he has shifted how he works, from creating a space in which others participate in the work to one in which they become co-producers. The resulting projects highlight alternative modes of solidarity and action, while nurturing attention, dignity and tenderness. “