Image: Newall Refractor at Ferndene, Gateshead, 1872. Courtesy University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy
Objects to See Further: In Focus
Tuesday 14 July, 7.00 - 9.30pm
The Mining Institute, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
An event that brings together leading writers, historians and scientists, who through a series of presentations will introduce some of the key histories and themes that are shaping the development of Objects to See Further, a new film by artist Matt Stokes, developed as part of Great North Run Culture's, 'Great North Greats' programme.
Matt Stokes: artist, will introduce Objects to See Further by offering an overview of his research, ranging from the story of the Newall Refractor, which was originally sited in Gateshead and was once the most powerful telescope of its kind in the world - to the detailed social reportage contained in Joe Wilson's songwriting.
Henrietta Heald: author of 'William Armstrong, Magician of the North' will talk about the life and legacy of William Armstrong, with particular emphasis on the years around 1871.
Colin Cunningham: Director of UK European-Extremely Large Telescope project, will talk about the history behind the development of the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world, including the practicalities involved in the construction, which have quite literally involved moving a mountain. As well as insight into what it is hoped this instrument will enable scientists to discover.
Peter Dillon: is a writer, film director and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. He wrote the award winning BBC 2 documentary 'River Racing', which surveyed the history of rowing on the Tyne. In his presentation he will chart this fascinating and overlooked part of local sporting tradition.
The presentations will conclude with a short performance of Joe Wilson songs, sung by Alan Fitzsimmons, known as 'Fitzy' on Tyneside and beyond. Alan is a member of 'The Keelers' and was a founding member of the Gosforth Folk Club.
Image: Marcus Coates, The Trip, 2011, Single Channel Video, Duration: 34:28 min (MC0134) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Diamonds Always Come in Small Packages
Switzerland, CH email@example.com
04.07 - 11.10.2015
Marcus Coates, Elmgreen & Dragset, Susanne Hofer, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Clare Kenny, Alicja Kwade, Swantje La Moutte, Esther Meier-Ringger, Edit Oderbolz, Adrian Rast & Valentin Beck, Gitte Schäfer, Loredana Sperini, Michiro Tokushige, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Erwin Wurm, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Eva Zwimpfer and objects from a private collection in Lucerne
The architecture of the Kunstmuseum invites to exhibit and think in large, extensive, and exorbitant scales. Paradoxically, however, in this year's summer exhibition the exact opposite is about to happen: the international group exhibition is bringing together small, tiny, minutely detailed objects. Rather than huge installations and overwhelming formats the public discovers little gems and jewels. Sometimes the gaze is almost swamped, doesn't know where to look and keeps encountering new things. On the other hand the treasure somehow is barely recognisable, because a diamond in its rough state is unimpressive and only reveals its value on closer inspection.
Spectacular gestures only seem to dominate the contemporary art, because a visit to the artists' studios shows the opposite: small objects, valuable collections of tiny things, delicately precious items and detailed research everywhere! In this way the exhibition does not just bring together what is gold and gleams, but also small treasures, curiosities and miniatures as well as simple ideas, modest gestures, swift ideas and minimal interventions.
Image: (above) Jennifer Douglas, SO Installation image at Workplace London,
(below) Jennifer Douglas, Untitled (Painting #11), 2015, Floor paint and carbon paper pigment on canvas, 240 x 150 cm (diptych) 94 1/2 x 59 1/8 in (JD0114) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Brown's London Art Weekend
WORKPLACE LONDON 61 Conduit Street London, W1S 2GB, UK 44 (0)207 434 1985
Extended gallery hours & special events Friday, 3rd July - Sunday, 5th July, 2015 Friday & Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Join us for a guided tour of our current exhibition, 'SO,' by artist Jennifer Douglas with refreshments served from 17.00 on Friday 3rd July.
To RSVP, contact Karen Davies +44 (0)207 434 1985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 marks the second year of Brown's London Art Weekend where one hundred Mayfair and St. James's galleries and auction houses open their doors to the public for talks, walks, and exhibitions, with extended hours.
Image: Darren Banks, Altar, 2015, Mixed media, Dimensions variable, DB0092 Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
3-5 High Pavement,
Nottingham, NG1 1HF
25th June - 8th August
Wednesday - Sunday 12noon - 6pm
DARREN BANKS, HOLLY DAVEY, YELENA POPOVA, ELIZABETH ROWE
Cornucopia convenes several historic collections and examines the individual stories of collectors who catalogued objects, compiled cabinets and constructed galleries. A word commonly used in the eighteenth century to describe eclectic personal collections (meaning 'plenty'), Cornucopia features work made by contemporary artists in response to a particular setting or individual involved in the pursuit of collection. In some instances, the subject of the work is another artist within a collection.
Michel Foucault described museums as a specific kind of hetrotopia or sealed utopia - defining 'a slice in time'. A personal collection can hold a mirror to an individual's interpretation of a particular time and place. This exhibition takes its cue from the collections of assorted individuals who were able to collect for numerous social and economic reasons at different points in history; perhaps as a leader of industry, a pillar of Empire, through working in institutions -holding a scientific or artistic interest or simply through personal wealth. The work featured here is a mirror held up to those collections by contemporary artists.
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.