Newcastle native, Lois Kate Batty is a recent graduate of Fine Art from York St. John University. Batty's practice originates from her interest in the preservation of brutalist architecture in the UK and throughout Europe. She aims to confront the brutalist aesthetics by using colours and geometrical forms as elements of juxtaposition. By placing photographs she has captured adjacent to found archival images, she intends to start an aesthetic conversation between the audience and the work, to challenge the mundaneness of Post-War architecture in the modern era.
Emma Bennett makes paintings, drawings, sculptures and site-specific wall paintings that consider issues of physical and emotional engagement with known territories and spaces. Interested in Modernist and Post-War Architecture, she uses the built environment to seek out structures to investigate within her painting practice. She gained a BA in Fine Art at Teesside University in 2009 and currently lives in Middlesbrough.
Julie Louise Bemment is an artist known for working across photography, sculpture, and painting. Her practice explores our relationship to the world around us, inspired by an interest in astronomy, therefore considering human perception, experience and the presence/non-presence of 3 dimensional objects.
Emily Birkett is a 2017 Lancaster University BA Fine Art graduate living and working in County Durham. She creates large scale knitted installations to address the unspoken issues of textile disposal and the resulting environmental implications. Her practice is informed by examining the sustainability of textile recycling as she deconstructs used clothing and other materials to create yarns, knitting them in a manner she deems as an un-wasteful process.
North East based Sophie Byron-Forster graduated from Fine Art at Northumbria University in 2016. She specialises in printmaking, papermaking, and digital photography. Within her practice, Byron-Forster explores manufactured processes and materiality through a multi-disciplinary approach. She focuses on dynamic and dislocated landscapes to gain an insight into how industrial processes traverse and function in a specific space.
Molly Bythell is a painter and recent graduate of Fine Art from Newcastle University. Her work absorbs paint’s supple ability to abstract and reinvent recycled images and targets an unorthodox representation of the body. Focusing on female nudes, Bythell's appetite for challenging certain traditions has resulted in her to paint with an inelegant awkwardness which stems from the stereotype of being a female artist.
Jill Campbell graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2014 with a first class degree in fine art. Her paintings are a response to the wild and beautiful North Pennines where she lives, simultaneous celebrations of the natural world and possibilities of a painterly world.
Christie Chan is an artist, curator, and children's book illustrator based in Hong Kong and Newcastle upon Tyne. Chan's oeuvre spans across various mediums including painting, drawing, video, and installation. Drawing inspiration from mythology and literature, the themes of her works often revolve around escapism and the pursuit of self-realisation.
Mark Chapman is a filmmaker and artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. His moving-image work has been selected for numerous international festivals, and he was one of the participants in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival. He currently teaches film production at Northumbria University, while working towards a PhD exploring creative nonfiction.
Sunderland native Alice Corner is a graphic artist and writer. Her text based work draws from suburban frustration and unresolved teenage angst. Currently living in South London, she spends most of her time explaining the Mackem accent to Southerners and repeating the word 'cookbook' on demand. Corner graduated from Newport Film School with a Documentary Film degree in 2014 and currently runs Born to be Mild, an independent publishing company.
Callum Costello is a filmmaker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed his degree in Media Production at Northumbria University in 2012 and currently runs his own production house, A Breath’s End Ltd. Costello was a finalist in the Media Trust Dream to Screen competition, as well as the first participant in the inaugural Tyneside Cinema/Northumbria University Graduate Artist in Residence, where his work Nevermore was exhibited before being shown again at Coastal Currents in Hastings.
Daniel Dale is a street/documentary photographer. The pictures are observations of this life under artificial light, emphasised by the stark architecture or lack of, towering over small figures without identity. The project marries together an isolation and lack of identity, inviting the viewer a sense of observation of anyone and no one at the same time.
Michael is a visual artist working with the constructed image as a form of investigation into ideas around existence and existential phenomenology. His work takes great influence from both philosophical teaching as well as the encountered world around him.
Erin Dickson’s practice combines architecture and digital technology to create sculptures and installations that consider the emotional qualities of urban and domestic spaces. Drawing on the phenomenological theories of Merleau-Ponty and Bachelard, she explores the relation of the sensory experience of the body to architectural space and material.
Hazel Dixon experiments with rust as a method of addressing problems in the local community. She aims to explore the issue by creating art that represents what the industry meant to people and also what it is today.
Oliver Doe is an artist, poet, and curator living in Newcastle upon Tyne. His work largely considers issues around sexuality, gender and relationships. He operates between minimalist painting, poetry and the altered object to examine queer visibility, represent a trace of the body and generate a sense of absence. His recent paintings utilise translucent, skin-like material as the ground, contrasted by dense and opaque gloss paint in the fore. These abstracted, yet still suggestively figurative forms seek to confuse the sense of space and viewers' reading of the figure - bodies are rendered genderless, and their forms almost totally ambiguous.
Lauren Drummond currently works as an artist in Newcastle Upon-Tyne. Her practice predominately focuses on sculpture, installation, and drawing. She typically creates large-scale wooden structures that demonstrate an interest in the forest environment, its architecture, and playful narratives around the hunter and the hunted. Drummond's work often responds to rural environments from the perspective of a city inhabitant.
Rebecca Eelbeck is a printmaker living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since completing a degree in Fine Art at Northumbria University in 2016, she has been working in the university's print studio as a Graduate Fellow. Specialising in CMYK screen printing, her work directly responds to the processes involved in printmaking and how we engage with digital images in printed ephemera.
Maria Ferrie creates depictions from northeast England, where she now works, to Southern Spain, where she spent her adolescence. She uses cameras intuitively, with a reflective intention and a cathartic purpose. Her photography is driven by a sense of intrigue and the interconnectedness of being in daily reality.
Rebecca Gavigan & Victoria McDermott
Rebecca Gavigan and Victoria McDermott are visual artists based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Gavigan graduated from Northumbria University in 2016 and is currently one of the directors of CSN: Colour Studio Northumbria. Victoria McDermott is a current Northumbria University student. Their most recent collaboration, BRACKET SPACE BRACKET was held at Woon Space, Baltic 39.
Visual artist, Sally Gatie, has lived in Scarborough most of her life. Gatie uses this familiarity of location to emphasise the autobiographical facet of her work. Thoughts, feelings and fears are absorbed into the canvas as she paints solitary foetal figures surrounded by a sea of patterned chaos, which inevitably bounces back towards the viewer.
Newcastle native, Henry Gonnet, is currently studying a BA in Fine Art at Leeds College of Art. Gonnet's work explores metaphysical patterns formed as we make our way through life, illustrating how our actions set off a series of chain reactions which affect the lives and choices of people we see and interact with every day.
Lizzy Hannan is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Sunderland. Hannan utilises painting, drawing, collage, and internet communications to create an indeterminate visual and virtual field, suggesting a complex space in which different dimensions of experiences and time coexist. Blending insignificant events, images, objects into documents of everyday life, she aims to initiate new relationships between familiar things; thus rendering them undefined and unfamiliar to reflect on the uncertainty of contemporary life.
Caroline Hardaker earned both her BA and MA from Newcastle University. Her poetry has been published worldwide and is inspired by both philosophy and the world’s most recent scientific, speculative, and sociological happenings. Caroline is currently the in-house blogger for Riotous Indie Press, Mud Press, and reviews poetry and drama for Three Drops from a Cauldron e-zine. Her first poetry collection Bone Ovation is released by Valley Press in October 2017.
Verity Harr is a photographic artist whose work explores how the ordinary can be transformed into moments of extraordinary through sublime forces that engage the viewer through aesthetics and experience. Harr's latest project Lumen investigates light and photography's power to transform ordinary and familiar subject matter and materials into moments of sublime experiences by challenging our perceptions.
Graeme Hopper uses collage, drawings, paint and photography to set aside the familiar, his work tries to investigate the developing bridge between the surreal and the literal embedded within our own curious fascination.
Utilising digital illustration as a more direct method to address political, technological, and environmental issues, Jefford’s works are composed of multiple projects which seek to inform and influence each other. He is currently in the early stages of expanding his illustrative work into graphic novel format.
For Eve Laws the transformation of the body via preservation, decomposition or reconstruction is the primary inspiration. Anatomical drawings of medical specimens and fresh tissue during live surgery are created to inspire the paint flow.
Elliot Lloyd chose to stay up north and try to make it in the ‘desolate’ lands. His favourite areas are architectural photography and urban exploration photography, often a combination of the two. Although not limited to these as he is always on the lookout for an interesting photograph and keeps his camera on him at all times.
Steven Lowery received his BA Fine Art at Northumbria University in 2002 and his MFA from Slade School of Art, London in 2005. His rant-strewn drawings are made on lined note paper with cut price stationery, obsessively crammed with scattershot words and images and are fuelled by a desperate dissatisfaction with the mundane distractions offered us.
Liam McCabe is a visual artist exploring data, repetition and information overload in contemporary art practice. Since graduating from Northumbria University in 2016, with an MRes in Art and Design, his work focuses on alternative facts and post-truths.
Matt Miller is a poet and a theatre maker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has performed his poetry in the UK and Canada and is currently the Nottingham Poetry Society Slam Champion.
Miller has produced two solo theatre shows, Sticking, and Rob Hobson Needs to Talk, and has completed artists’ residencies at Live Theatre and Alphabetti Theatre. In 2014, he was selected as one of BBC’s Verb New Voices, and his poem River Fragments was broadcast on Radio Three. Miller's work often explores themes of place, identity and belonging.
Aphra O’Connor is motivated by the local industries within the North East. Her work explores elements of function with the use of ceramics as a medium influencing the sculptures to take on the forms of vessels and containers.
Based in Stockton-On-Tees, Sarah Davidson graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design. Davidson specialises in illustration and textiles. Having developed her signature visual style, Davidson creates under the name, Linear Outline. Her work stems from altering the perceived idea of what is beautiful and producing imagery out of unusual motifs.
Since receiving an MA in Future Design from Teesside University, Popgrafik has demonstrated an interest in the modes and techniques of signage and mass communication and has been focusing on the wall as an aesthetic force. His body of work alludes to the transient and emotive presence that manifests within the traces of fractured narratives in communal environments. His work draws a parallel with his responses to the context of a certain site.
Sheyda Porter’s practice involves collecting discarded everyday objects and unifying them under one colour through a painterly process. She has created a series of works entitled "Idea Generating Machines" to be able to investigate the lineage of contemporary sculpture through surface, form, texture and composition, at the same time, to ignite a thinking process in producing ideas for both the audience and herself.
Ella Ray Barnes
Ella Ray Barnes primarily works with graphic narratives using a range of media and techniques. Recently influenced by the work of Oliver Jeffers, Saul Bass and Friedrich Hundertwasser with a view to developing personal practice and the artistic dialogue relating to both storytelling and local historical and socio-political themes.
Sheena Revolta is a photographer, writer, performer, and curator living in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne. After receiving a Box Brownie camera from his grandmother at the age of 12, he has been taking photographs of his friends. Naturally introverted, Revolta is drawn to portraiture and uses his camera as an opportunity to speak to people in a more intimate setting.
Rosario Rivas Leal, A.K.A. Purple Kyloe is an Animator and Designer based in Newcastle, via Argentina. A recent graduate from the University of Sunderland, she has a special interest in post-production and compositing.
Amy Roberts created F**k It Yogaduring her final year at Northumbria University. Roberts finds the idea of Yoga fascinating and, through F**k It Yoga, she aims to disrupt the notion of 'relaxing therapy' by combining new age trends, with what would not typically lie suit with such a calming experience.
Louise Scott is concerned with the delay, the state that occurs intuitively between thought and action in the process of art making. Playful decisions, gestures are toyed with and become forms. The presentation is stripped of extraneous detail to maintain the ‘truth’ to the moment when the ‘right’ image is captured.
David Spittle completed a PhD on the poetry of John Ashbery and Surrealism at Newcastle University. He has been twice shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize (2015/2016) and was included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 Anthology (Eyewear Press). His first collection, All Particles and Waves will be released in spring 2018 by Eyewear Press.
Mary Lou Springstead was born in Brooksville, Florida. She creates visceral narrative paintings which juxtapose characters, signs and settings. She is influenced by Surrealism, Expressionism, Visionary and Outsider Art.
Jo Stanness uses the brutalist and modernist architecture of the north as a central element in her work. Her cutouts use images of the often decaying concrete geometry of new towns or the imposing supporting structures of motorway flyovers.
Jill Tate is a visual artist and architectural photographer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since graduating from Northumbria University’s Contemporary Photographic Practice degree course in 2005, she has completed numerous photography commissions for architects and designers across the UK. Tate's interests lie in structure and perception. From the architecture we inhabit, to the building blocks of reality, she examines how these structures are woven into our thought processes. In her artistic practice, she explores the tension and transition between internal and external space, often using the home to represent human experience.
Simone Truong’s pieces juxtapose the beautiful with the morbid, offering euphoric moments emerging from stark backgrounds graced with fragile flowers to instances of despondency, often dark in appearance, yet remaining equitably as elegant.
Mary Trodden is an artist who grew up in the north of England with a strong love of mythic and local stories. She studied at Newcastle College and Edinburgh College of Art with a great interest in the tradition of painting and classically constructed image.
Fang Qi is an international illustrator, artist and PhD researcher in fine art at Newcastle University. Her works focus on exploring the relationship between illustration, text and installation. Fang Qi attempts to re-define the concept of visual narrative in the context of contemporary art.
Namita Vijayakumar is an artist from Stockton-on-Tees, who graduated from Newcastle University in 2015 with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. Her practice primarily consists of abstract, intricate drawings made with pencil or ink, and also includes other mediums such as sculpture and installation.
While maintaining a practice outside of a particular disciplinary or pigeonhole, Lottie Walsh’s practice is ultimately focused on realising potentialities through the working of materials. In a controversial time of invasive global technologies, Walsh's work often embraces new media; focusing on its ability to access new and strange virtual worlds.
Wilkinson’s practice is predominately based in video, photography and writing. Although these mediums overlap, offering their own outlets of expression, Wilkinson does not view his artistry as one with a primary medium. He is a current member of the North East artist collective MILK, project photographer for the Newcastle upon Tyne based gallery Slugtown, and a former studio holder at The NewBridge Project. He is a Fine Art graduate of Newcastle University.
The early stages of Adam Wilson Holmes’ practice reflected his own journey from boyhood to manhood, and the experiences of becoming a sexual being in a society bombarded by sexuality. Focusing on the boundaries between self and society, he became highly interested in the importance of self-belief and self-confidence as individuals transition from one phase of life to the next.
Louise is an artist, writer and curator based in Newcastle and a studio holder at The Newbridge Project. In 2011 she graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Northumbria University and, since then, has exhibited regularly across the UK and internationally.
Zara Worth uses current food and lifestyle trends to investigate the cultures and economies of Web 2.0, and the neoliberal condition through hybrid methodologies spanning performance, drawing, new media, painting and object-making. Since receiving a PhD Studentship from Leeds Beckett University in 2016, her practice-led research has focused on exploring how Instagram might be used as a site, strategy and subject for post-internet art practice. She was shortlisted for the Woon Foundation Art Prize in 2013 and received a scholarship from Goldsmiths in 2014 to study MA Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures. She is currently based in the North East.
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