Lungs Project is pleased to announce the launch of Poly Voices, the 3rdinception of their annual contemporary art and literature publication. Lungs established in 2016 as a trans-disciplinary platform to promote the work of early career artists from underrepresented backgrounds. This year they present an international selection of artists of colour exclusively! Held in Cobalt Studios, Newcastle, the night will include tunes from the local DJ duo Shifting Sounds and film screenings from three of the publication’s featured artists, Kariim Case, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, and Müge Yıldız, with an introduction by Kariim Case to his film "Take me to the Water".
Please join us to celebrate the launch of a new group exhibition developed in collaboration with Gosforth Civic Theatre. "A Study of Imaginary Chasms" brings together the work of three women artists; Ella Ray Barnes, Fang Qi, and Jill Tate, all of who are connected to the North East through unique pathways. The exhibition thematically responds to "The Class Project", a one-woman play written and performed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord. The series of works featured in the exhibition correspond to the overlapping anecdotes within "The Class Project". Each artist's body of work expands on the themes underpinning the play, presenting personal commentaries on identity, home and belonging as embedded within historical, socio-economic and contemporary narratives.
The exhibition runs from 21 April to 30 June 2018 and can be visited Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm and Sat 10am-5pm at Gosforth Civic Theatre. The private view will take place on 20 April which will also include a free drinks reception between 5-7.30 pm with a late-licensed bar open until 10.00pm.
"The Class Project" written and performed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord can be seen on Friday 27 April at Gosforth Civic Theatre at 1.30pm, and at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions and can be bought via gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.
Gosforth Civic Theatre
Gosforth Civic Theatre is a fringe arts venue located just north of Newcastle which opened its doors in Autumn 2016. It is run by Liberdade Community Development Trust, a charity and social enterprise which gives people with learning disabilities the opportunity to belong, work and get involved in the arts and their community. Gosforth Civic Theatre is a truly inclusive venue at the heart of the community which aims to break down the misconceptions of learning disabilities while bringing people together through a programme of quality theatre, music, cinema and events.
Tel: 0191 284 3700
Image Credit: Fang Qi, Then is Diffused in Now, 2016.
Lungs Project is pleased to participate in a panel discussion on "Engaging People Through Creativity" at New Art Social, a series of events organised to offer an opportunity for creative people to gain an insight into other people’s artistic process. New Art Social is a night at which exciting new and established writers, poets and artists share their work through readings and panel discussions. It is curated by author Guy Mankowski, who aims to break down the barriers which keep the wealth of artistic talent of Newcastle in isolation. New Art Social is created to give artists a chance to speak to one another and share their experiences of exposing and making a living from their work.
The next iteration of New Art Social will take place on Saturday 7th April, 7pm, in the downstairs cinema at Quilliam Brothers Teahouse, Newcastle. The night will open with a panel discussion on Engaging People Through Creativity, with Sheyda Porter, co-director of Lungs Project and Patricia Suarez, Movement Director. The event will also feature poetry readings from the widely anthologised Beda Higgins, as well as from Jasmine Jade and Lucie Wareham, plus dystopian fiction from Tom Astley.
Tickets are £3 on the door. Please note that entry is on a first come first served basis.
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'Women working in sculpture in Britain from 1960 to the present day – towards a new lexicon' is a developing research project, aiming to find a more considered language to articulate and map the immensely rich and diverse practice of women working in sculpture, in Britain from the 1960s onwards.
The research has its origin in exhibition making and the evident under representation of women in exhibitions, public collections and within the art market. To date a cross-generational selection of women sculptors have been interviewed, exploring artistic languages, exhibition histories and the broader socio-economic and cultural context of women’s practice and careers.
This event will include a resumé of the research and explore how a creative life is enabled and sustained. Christine Borland, who has recently completed a major commission for the Institute of Transplantation and Sheyda Porter, a recently graduated sculptor and curator, living and working in the North East, will present experiences based on recent practice. Dr Catherine George and Hilary Gresty, project leads, will introduce the session and Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator, Arts Council Collection will join the plenary discussion.
Financially supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and the University of Lincoln, with support in kind from the Institute of Transplantation and Northumbria University.
Image credit: Christine Borland, detail Positive Pattern, commissioned by the Institute of Transplantation, 2017
The event is free entry, please book a seat at the link below:
Tasarim Bakkali presents a solo show by the U.K. based artist and curator Sheyda Porter. The exhibition consists of a culmination of research during Porter's residency at TAB, Tasarim Bakkali's newly launched artist-in-resident programme. "Anthropological Conjectures" aims to respond to the rich history of the Ancient Anatolia while exploring the themes of scientific knowledge, systems, and cultural traditions. The artist uses archaeological evidence as a starting point to re-imagine the everyday life in the ancient world, then conceives a traditional folktale in which fact and fiction coalesce. For this exhibition, Porter transforms Tasarim Bakkali into an imaginary archaeological museum which houses the newly excavated grave of a fictional woman buried beside her personal objects.
The exhibition contains quasi-archaeological artefacts belonging to a healer and the high priestess of goddess Ishtar named Sitare who, supposedly, lived during the Bronze Age on the mound of Ash Hill, a trade outpost of Assyrian city Karum Kanesh located in today's Kayseri, central Turkey. The tale of Sitare is born out of the pseudo artefacts and personal belongings created by the artist. While the underpinning facts weaving the story alongside the techniques used in re-imagining "ancient" objects are based on modern archaeological knowledge, the script and symbols used in the exhibition are created in fiction.
The Post-Processual Theory in modern archaeology informs the exhibition's line of enquiry which proposes to unearth the human agency and to connect with Sitare's individuality undeniably unique to her era. Understanding the nature of knowledge as subjective, and rather than seeing archaeology as a method of scientific data collection and objective generalisation, the artist embraces the political and social situations as well as the free human agency in shaping societies.
Expanding the idea of a re-imagined past, the works in the exhibition draw on the daily life, rituals, and traditions of people who lived in the dawn of civilisation. In preparation for the exhibition, Porter taught themselves to write in cuneiform; a script initially emerged from Sumer around 3500 B.C, as well as earlier forms of written language, pictograms. While pictograms were used widely by the masses regarding daily matters throughout Mesopotamia, the cuneiform was reserved only for the privileged. In creating a dialogue on clay tablets utilising both systems, Porter points out to the discrepancy between the production of knowledge and its distribution in relation to sociopolitical connotations of language.
The artist developed this exhibition in collaboration with philologist and poet Mete Ozel who will be performing on the preview night to enact the story of Sitare.
Tasarim Bakkali is a non-profit organisation and an independent art space with an international artist residency programme, based in Istanbul. Inspired by "accessible art and accessible design for all" motto, Tasarim Bakkali aims to create a diverse and open platform together with artists and designers who share the same philosophy. For more info, visit: www.tasarimbakkali.cc
Touch is Esbat Collective’s fifth exhibition. It features the work of Tessa Berring, Fee Scroggie, Fiona Michie, Komachi Goto, Olivia Irvine, Mel Roy, Rachael Forbes, Caroline Fulton, Penny Forbes, Angela Wingate-Burdon, Rosaly Johnston, Julie Bemment, Rebecca Green, Antonia Dickson, Heather Craig, Carolann Alexander, Sarah Wilson and Mary Trodden.
The exhibition is an exploration of how contemporary art practice is affected by a cultural environment increasingly dominated by digital technology and online networks. Is art becoming lost in the virtual clouds, losing touch with the hands on spaces of studio and art gallery? Touch is about these interfaces - between making and networking, between real and online community, between what is touched and what is caught behind a screen.
Esbat Collective is a group of women artists who came together for a group show in 2016. Many of them first met at Edinburgh College of Art and wanted to continue being part of a creative community based around studio practice and a shared artistic sensibility.
Encompassing film, objects, printing, painting and costume, the show takes the form of a list of symptoms of some self diagnosable contemporary condition.
Newcastle edition of the exhibition is co-curated by Lungs editor Angela Wingate-Burdon and Lungs 2016 alumna, artist Mary Trodden.
Join us to celebrate the launch of Lungs Issue No.2 with an exhibition by Amy Roberts | Callum Costello | Emma Bennett | Joe Jefford | Lauren Drummond | Liam McCabe | Mark Chapman | Matt Wilkinson | Molly Bythell | Steven Lowery + performance and poetry readings by Zara Worth | Caroline Hardaker | David Spittle | Matt Miller
An after-party at B&D studios, located on the third floor of Commercial Union House will run until late with music from fakeindiedisco’s John Egdell, and Lungs 2016 alumnus, artist and musician, DJ Grassi.
Image Credit: Zara Worth, "A Drawing Made by Cutting Up My Body Weight in Celery", Instagram video posts, 2016-present
We are pleased to invite you as our guest to the preview reception for our new exhibition, ‘Idea Generating Machines’.
The exhibition presents new body of work by artist and Lungs Project curator Sheyda Porter. Porter’s Idea Generating Machines celebrate the sculptural possibilities of discarded everyday objects as representations of the mundane world. In addition to re-using and re-purposing cast-off objects that are no longer needed to function purposefully, Porter also explores the notion of art-making as an everyday or quotidian practice, akin to talking, reading, shopping, cooking, and cleaning. The exhibition continues until Saturday 25 February, and open to public Wednesday - Saturday between 12.00-5.00 pm.
Image Credit: Sheyda Porter, Idea Generating Machine No.8, found object assemblage, 2016
Lungs Project is pleased to present a group exhibition running for one day only at Independent - Sunderland, September 15, 2016. Fifteen artists will be featured in the show: Al Palmer, Daniel Dale, Ella Ray Barnes, Maria Ferrie, Michael Daglish, Jill Campbell, Aphra O’Connor, Graeme Hopper, Paul Burgess, Adam Wilson-Holmes, Simone Truong, Namita Vijayakumar, Sheyda Porter, Fang Qi, and Mary Trodden.
The exhibition will coincide with the launch of Lungs 2016, an annual contemporary art publication created to catalogue the work of emerging artists in the North East and provide a platform to exhibit to a wider audience.
Independent is Sunderland’s only dedicated live music venue and club. Housing Holmeside Coffee and host the Solo Arts group, it has
established itself as a respected creative hub for arts, music and culture in the North East.
Image Credit: Jo Stanness, "Steps, Billingham"