All the way back at the beginning of February Alice went down to Sheffield to check out ‘Rewriting the Future‘ at Site Gallery, a fantastic show about speculative science fiction, specifically with a female/non-binary lens. We do love a bit of sci-fi here on Hey Art, What’s Good?, so we thought now was as good a time as any to have a chat about it.
Back at the beginning of March the HAWG gang went around town for a night of exhibitions, planning to do an episode about them and recommending people go check them out. We started the night in Hancock Gallery for the opening of ‘Between Distance & Desire’, then made our way down to B&D Studios for Pointer’s MIND FULL MESS. Whilst you can’t go and check out these great shows in person, they are largely available to check out on instagram.
All the way back in February Alice and Rosie went along to the wonderful Thought Foundation, a cafe, community hub and art gallery over in Birtley, to check out their newest show CRAFT, curated by the amazing Michaela Wetherell. We were all geared up to get Michaela in the studio and talk to us about it, but then corona happened so we couldn’t do that. Instead of forgetting about it though we thought we’d get Michaela on the horn and talk to her about it anyways, hopefully painting a picture of some of the amazing artworks you could have seen.
For our second episode recorded from home we thought it was a good idea to reintrouce ourselves! It’s been around a year and half since we started this podcast and we didn’t necessarily do a great job at saying who we were in the first place. Have a listen to find out what we do, why we do the podcast, and what we love in art!
We’re back baby! It’s been far too long since we recorded something, and since we’re all stuck at home for the foreseeable we got a bunch of microphones and got the crew back together to talk about art! (or at least, talk about how we’re going to talk about art). So here’s a little socially distant update about what we’ve been up to and what we have planned, and as Rosie says, ‘stay home, stay safe, stay creative’.
This week we went back down to the wonderful Side Photographic Gallery to check out ‘Waiting for Winter’ by Rena Effendi. This show brings together elements of three bodies of work, based in Azerbaijan, Romania and Ukraine, which all have the common theme of traditional ways of living and working the land in some remote places.
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!