Monday, October 27, 2008
October 25 2008 – February 22 2009
Preview Friday October 24, 6 - 8pm.
10th Anniversary Open Weekend
25 & 26 October 2008 1am - 5pm
A weekend of tours, talks and demonstrations.
In 2008, National Glass Centre enjoys its 10th Anniversary. To
celebrate this and the work it does to support artists make, show and
sell their work, National Glass Centre is launching `Beautifully
Crafted'; an exhibition of ingenuity, exquisite workmanship,
innovation and delight, along with a weekend of special events.
Before the Industrial Revolution artisans were the dominant producers
of goods, handcrafting functional as well as ornamental items that
fulfilled a universal desire for beautiful objects. `Beautifully
Crafted' explores the innovative ways contemporary artists and
designers create works that fuse cultural histories and ancient
techniques with new technologies and new ways of working.
It will bring together the work of established and emerging artists,
designers and businesses from the UK, across Europe and beyond, who
are experimenting in a range of materials and form that pay homage to
bygone traditions, artisan techniques and display a meticulous
attention to `making'; from glassmaking to taxidermy, lacemaking to
NGC invited a range of curators, artists/designers and writers, to
choose an artist whose work they felt fitted within the philosophy and
premise of `Beautifully Crafted'. Along with research undertaken by
the NGC curatorial team, seventy artists are included in the
exhibition, working with around 20 different traditional techniques.
The exhibition will feature antique furniture and objects from the
late 18th and early 19th century, courtesy of The Bowes Museum
collection as well as objects from Beamish Museum's archive.
Beatifully Crafted Artists:
Kathleen & Nick Abbott, Michael Anastassiades, Louise Batchelor, Lise
Bech, Catherine Bertola, Martin Blenkin, Sarah Cant, Chien-Wei Chang,
Jonathan Chiswell Jones, Jennifer Collier, Jacqueline Cullen, Dot Sim,
John Edwards, David Ersser, Peter J Evans, Liam Flynn, Nora Fok, Eri
Funazaki, George Smith, Gillies Jones Glass, Michael Golding, Mia E
Goransson, Karina Hesketh, Magie Hollingworth, Sarah Hutchison,
Industreal, Grace Jacomb, Paul Jewby, Ditte Johansson, Jessamy Kelly,
Anna S King, June Kingsbury, Bovey Lee, Jennifer Lee, Carlyn Lindsay,
Beth Lipman, Malin Lundmark, Nicola Malkin, Joanna Manousis, James
Maskrey, Massey & Rogers, Maya Romanoff, Rupert McBain, Kelly
McCallum, Einav Mekori, Annie Millar, Michelle Ni, Lyn Randall,
Reptile Tile & Ceramics, Kait Rhoads, Stephen Richards, Riyaz Design,
Anthony Roussel, Mark Rowney, Henrietta Rose Samuels, Lucy May
Schofield, Cosima Sempill, Sheldon:Cooney, Urh Sobocan, Paul Stone,
Laura Strasser, Melanie Tomlinson, Jessica Townsend, Flora Vagi,
Sylvie Vandenhoucke, Anne Walker, Ceal Warnants, Kathryn Wightman,
Kate Williams, Robin Wood.
Some of the techniques and materials featured in the exhibition
include; Ceramics and Glassmaking, Wood Turning, Basketry, Furniture
design & making, Papermache, Millinery, Silversmithing, Book-binding,
Textiles, Wallpaper, Parquet & Floor design, Taxidermy, Upholstry, Bag
making, Leather working, shoemaking, Lace making, Stitiching, Automata
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
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a time based site-specific architectural installation
Ciocca Arte Contemporanea, Milan Italy
Builders from R. Bau UK aided by architecture students from Politecnico di Milan are simultaneously constructing and de-construct a section of Diurno Venezea, a derelict 1920’s public bathhouse at Piazza Oberdan. The historical architecture that lies forgotten underneath the surface is revealed in a performative gesture and the square's surface becomes the mirror of memory: Diurno is upturned like an image reflected in the water. The sculpture will directly reference shape and scale of the bathhouse below (five metres high and sixty metres long).
Whilst reflecting the permanence and immobility of the remains below, Le Terme is a structure of constant movement where walls appear and disappear and the construction of the monumental becomes a visible experience, encouraging a public discussion about the city's forgotten spaces.
Peter J. Evans: "WHAT WE CAN'T SEE INFLUENCES BEYOND OUR REACH" ACA (Allenheads Contemporary Arts), UK
What we can't see influences beyond our reach
Peter J. Evans
Saturday 18th October 2008, 2-5pm, at ACAshop
In the summer of 2007 Peter J. Evans applied for one of the first Base Elements residencies at Allenheads Contemporary Arts. His proposal, titled Mountains into grains of sand was an attempt to draw out the familiar patterns weaving through all things and examine how scientific principles could lend support to existential philosophies and social theories. The idea was to find examples of these overlaps. However, on starting the project it quickly became apparent that due to the necessary rigidity of the scientific method, such overlaps, would need theories of how they might function; and ways of testing them. In short, Evans’ project would have to become reductionist and rigid and this fundamental switch would have moved the project away from its intention.
The proposal then, got placed on the back burner and for a while a front ring remained unlit. Over this period many books were read, on quantum physics, cultural theory, essays on silence and the more information gained the more lost and found the project became until it was clear that lost and found was a good enough fuel to burn.
Utilizing his drawing practice in which works, “are formed by diagrammatic processes and artificial systems are used to chart and delineate abstract concepts such as human relationships, memory and beauty,” Evans has made a work in which the hidden may at moments become visible, links disappear and appear depending on the light and as in the quantum world things influence our experience without their presence being seen.
Peter J. Evans lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has recently exhibited at Spacex Exeter, Seventeen London, Baltic and Workplace Gateshead.
Exhibition continues Sunday 19th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October, 2-5pm. For further details please contact:
Allenheads Contemporary Arts
The Old Schoolhouse
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Poznań Biennale - Poland
3 -30 October 2008
The exhibition presents the most recent artistic endeavour, mainly from the area of Central Europe. The thematic scope is reflected in seven sub-titles: Private Stories / Public Conflict, Melancholy and Longing, Urban Rumors, Micro-realism, Mania and Obsession, On Time and Silence, Gardens and Islands.
Among 79 featured artists are: Marina Abramović, Günter Brus, Jan Fabre, Gloria Friedmann, Izabella Gustowska, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Jarosław Kozłowski, Laura Lancaster, Zbigniew Libera, Hermann Nitsch, Roman Opałka, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Günther Uecker, Lee Ufan.
Wystawa prezentuje sztukę najnowszą, głównie z regionu Europy Środkowej. Jej tematykę sygnalizuje siedem podtytułów: Private Stories / Public Conflict, Melancholy and Longing, Urban Rumors, Micro-realism, Mania and Obsession, On Time and Silence, Gardens and Islands.
Wśród 79 artystów są m.in. Marina Abramović, Günter Brus, Jan Fabre, Gloria Friedmann, Izabella Gustowska, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Jarosław Kozłowski, Laura Lancaster, Zbigniew Libera, Hermann Nitsch, Roman Opałka, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Günther Uecker, Lee Ufan.
Curated by Lorand Hegyi