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 43 – Live from Thought Foundation

This week’s episode is a bit of a special one! Recently we went along to the wonderful Thought Foundation down in Birtley to host a live podcast and discussion with some amazing ladies all about art and being in the North East, in front of an audience and everything! We sat down with Leanne Pierce, Director of Thought Foundation, Michaela Wetherell, curator at Thought Foundation and Platform A Gallery, and local artists Ciara Lenihan and Erin Dickson. We discussed what it is about the North East that has drawn / kept us all here, and the implications of cultural capital and how institutions like Thought Foundation work to tackle it.

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Episode 42 – ‘Forest’ by Yan Wang Preston

In this week’s epsiode the girls talk about the wonderfully satisfying documentary photography exhibition, Forest thats currently showing at Side Gallery. It looks at the relationship between trees and city in various parts of China. We also have a little chat baout ht eother two exhbitions that are showing at Side.

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Exhibition runs until 9th June.

More information here

Location: Side Gallery

Episode 41 – Middlesbrough Double-Bill: Platform A & Pineapple Black

This week Alice and Amy talk about their trip down to Middlesbrough where they checked out ‘Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative’ at Platform A gallery, and three new exhibition openings at Pineapple Black (‘Through Sound’, ‘Nights are Not Asleep’ & ‘Girls World’).

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Find out more info about Platform A and thesymposium on the 25th.

More info about Pineapple Black here.

Episode 40 – Whistler and Nature at Laing Art Gallery

For this week’s episode we were kindly invited along to the Laing Art Gallery to check out their newest exhibition, ‘Whistler and Nature’, which looks at the works of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (who we’ve affectionately nicknamed ‘Jam’). He spent most of his life in Europe and captured it through striking etchings, prints and paintings.

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More information about the exhibition: here.

Location: Laing Art Gallery

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Episode 39 – Holly Argent: Interleaving The Archive at Projections Tyneside

For this week’s episode the girls went back over to the Tyneside Cinema to check out what’s on in the Projections programme. This time Holly Argent, known for starting the Women Artists of the North East Library, gave a ‘performative lecture’ about here archival findings of the Polish art duo, KwieKulik. This was a really amazing and unique experience, and a fantastic taste of what you can check out at Projections.

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More information about Projections and Interleaving the Archive.

More information about Women Artists of the North East Library.

Episode 38 – Stuart Mel Wilson & Feliks Culpa: a Vane Gallery Double-Bill

We’ve got another double-bill for you this week! A HAWG favourite gallery, Vane, currently has two exhibitions running: ‘Aporia’ by Stuart Mel Wilson and ‘The Ongoing Moment’ by Feliks Culpa. They’re both on until the 6th April so get yourself over and check them out!

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Both exhibitions run until 6th April.

More information about ‘Aporia’ by Stuart Mel Wilson, and ‘The Ongoing Moment’ by Feliks Culpa.

Location: Vane Gallery

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

Exhibition Further Thoughts: using a 100-year-old camera

Hey there, Alice here. As you all may or may not know I am an avid photographer, and my main medium is that of analogue photography. Now, a lot of the analogue cameras you may have seen look pretty recognisable, like compact cameras, disposable cameras and slrs, however they didn’t start out like this. After seeing the subject of this week’s episode ‘No Man’s War’ at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, and an old Kodak Vest Pocket Camera in a display cabinet, I was inspired to write a little bit about using the oldest camera I own.

So this camera is a Kodak Brownie No.2, and it’s literally a cardboard box with a spring shutter and a couple of bits of glass/plastic. This model in particular hails from all the way back in 1917 (ish), which coincides with the First World War and the subject of much of the exhibition. Back in the day this type of camera was the everyday camera for families, much like the disposable camera. When you shot a roll of film with this camera you’d just take the whole thing back to the shop, and they would take the film out, develop it, print it and load up a new roll of film, making it ready to use immediately.

Despite its age and ridiculously simple design (its very much the definition of a point-and-shoot camera, there’s nothing by way of settings or adjustments to make), the photos this camera makes can be pretty amazing. A quirk the images have is a really sharp centre, however the edges can be pretty blurred, which I imagine is because of the quality of the super old lens. The negatives you get from this camera are also pretty ridiculous in how big they are: a whopping 6x9cm. To see the comparison between this size and 35mm film, here’s this handy-dandy diagram.

One of the main reasons I fell in love with shooting film was the fun you can have trying out old cameras like this, the ones that you don’t really see anything like anymore. Also you can find them for real cheap on eBay so that’s always a plus!

I hope you liked this little look into my little world of photography, and if you’re thinking of taking up film photography I’d really recommend having a go of a box camera like this – it’s so much fun!

-Alice

Episode 31 – The Naked Portrait at the Laing

This week the girls went on down to the Laing Art Gallery to catch the amazing ‘The Naked Portrait’ before it closes in March. It explores what it means to be ‘naked’ and how that can be represented across a huge range of mediums and styles.

You can get 20% off of the entry ticket on Wednesdays and Thursdays during February by following this link. Alternatively just check out the Laing’s Facebook page and find the offer.

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Find out more information about the exhibition: here.

Exhibition runs until 3rd March.

Location: Laing Art Gallery

Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 14:00 – 17:00.

(Poetry shout out: You Have to Glow to Grow; Spilling the ink from my heart https://growingandglowing104424909.wordpress.com/ )