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Episode 78 – MIMA School of Art & Design with Laura Sillars

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.

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You can find out more about the MIMA School of Art & Design here and on their Twitter here.

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Episode 77 – The Social Distance Art Project

For this episode we has the pleasure of chatting to Natasha and Julia from The Social Distance Art Project, an online initiative created in March to provide an online alternative to upcoming graduates to display their work, as physical degree shows have been cancelled. We have a chat about how it started, how they’ve grown, and what their plans are for this fab project!

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Some recommendations from this episode:

  • Pokemon Moon for the DS
  • Joe Wick’s Fitness Challenge (on YouTube)
  • Ones to Watch exhibition at Sunnybank Mills (Julia’s work is in it!)
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Episode 76 – Photography and Chongqing with Harriet Lim-Holmes

For this week’s episode we got photographer Harriet-Lim Holmes on the phone and had a chat about her photography style, influences, and equipment. Ellie met Harriet in China whilst they were both there to teach English in the city of Chongqing, and while they’re both back in the UK for the foreseeable we thought it would be great to learn more about the city, their experiences there, and how Harriet chose to capture it through her cameras.

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These are the photographers Harriet mentioned as influences: Edward Burtynsky, Nadav Kander, Yan Wang Preston (who we also did an episode about!)

Some recommendations from this episode:

Image Credit: Harriet Lim-Holmes

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Episode 69 – Having a Chat with The Spaghetti Factory

For this week’s episode we had a sit down and a good chat with the two lovely ladies behind The Spaghetti Factory, Jenny McNamara and Evelyn Cromwell.

The Spaghetti Factory is a curatorial project which has evolved from one night only shows in their shared house, to currently curating a series of shows at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

This was a lot of fun to record, so tune in to hear about their origins, their individual artistic practices, and what could be coming up next for this fab curatorial project.

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

Hot New It! 2 is on at Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden until at least the end of March, so make sure you go along and check it out!

Also the girls have some work showing in Scramble which is opening at Pineapple Black in Middlesbrough on 13th March.

More information about The Spaghetti Factory.

Here’s links to some stuff we talked about this episode:

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Episode 68 – Illuminating the Self at Vane and Hatton

We’re back after our impromptu break with special guest Ellie, who’s back from China for a small amount of time ad eager to chat about some art! For this episode we went along to Vane Gallery and Hatton Gallery to check out Illuminating the Self, which takes place across both galleries.

“Illuminating the Self is an exhibition of new work by artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie in response to groundbreaking research led by Newcastle University into developing a new treatment for epilepsy.”

It’s such an interesting exhibition about a super important and fascinating topic, and to see if spread across two galleries is unlike anything we’ve really seen – I can’t recommend it enough!

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

https://soundcloud.com/user-991312750/episode-68

Exhibition runs in Vane until 29th February, and in Hatton until 9th May.

More information here and here. And here’s a link to the CANDO website.

Location: Vane Gallery and Hatton Gallery

Here’s the book Ellie mentioned, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

Susan Aldworth’s pieces in Vane Gallery
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Episode 67 – Origins and Endings at the Hatton

This week the girls popped along to the Hatton to check out one of their new exhibitions, Origins and Endings, by artist Marriane Wilde and composer Mark Carroll, which does one of our favourite things and combines science and art.

“The exhibition will highlight partnerships that have culminated in creative works in response to the academic research carried out by PEALS (Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences Research Centre), and ranges across the broad themes of being human.”

We thought it was pretty fab and we’re excited to go back and see the other science-y exhbition they have on.

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

Exhibition runs until 7th March.

More information here.

Location: Hatton Gallery

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Episode 66 – Under the Eaves by Ellen Ranson

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.

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

Exhibitiom runs until 14th March 2020

Location: Hartlepool Art Gallery

More information: here.

Cats Pyjama’s
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Minisode 8 – Equanipolis by Aniara Omann at Humber Street Gallery

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!

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

Location: Humber Street Gallery

More information: here.

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Field Trip 5 – Probiscidea Rappings by Ollie Dook at Humber Street Gallery

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).

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on Spotify, iTunes, Google, and Soundcloud!

Exhibition runs until 2nd February 2020.

Location: Humber Street Gallery

More information: here.

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Episode 65 – Animalesque at BALTIC

Happy New Year guys! Welcome to 2020! 🎉

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!

Don’t forget you can have a listen to this episode and all of our other ones on SpotifyiTunesGoogle, and Soundcloud!

Exhibition runs until 19th April 2020.

Location: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

More information: here.

Here’s the things we recommended / talked about in this ep: