Thursday, May 30, 2013

Matt Stokes: 'Give to me the Life I Love' Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

Image: Matt Stokes, Give to me the Life I Love, 2012 Two-channel HD film and audio transferred to synced hard-drives, Duration 10:17 Minutes (MS0057) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


MATT STOKES: Give to me the Life I Love

1 June - 15 Sep 2013


Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne


A film installation by artist Matt Stokes, which tells a story of Bangladeshi identity from the perspective of teenagers living in the UK at different moments in time. 


Give to me the Life I Love draws on accounts of the struggles faced by Bangladeshis arriving in the UK during the 1970s, considered alongside experiences of today's younger generation. This reveals itself in the film through generational differences, focusing on how identity is interpreted and adapted by a young community surrounded by wider cultural influences. The film references Bengali literature, traditional storytelling, music and television as a means of accessing Bangladeshi identity and heritage.


Matt Stokes immerses himself in situations to look at the events that shape people's lives and values. His projects develop into films, installations and events that utilize the collective knowledge and skills within communities. 


Give to me the Life I Love is a co-commission between Whitechapel Gallery, London and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.


Part of Festival of the North East.



Courtesy of the artist, Workplace Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Laing Art Gallery

Sophie Lisa Beresford: 'Selected III' presented by Videoclub and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network

Image: Sophie Lisa Beresford, Making Adidas Mermaid, 2009 Single channel video, 7 min 39 sec (SLB0079) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


videoclub and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network present


If you want to find the next big thing in British film art, then look no further.
The spotlight is about to fall on a select group of the UK's finest and freshest up-and-coming artists whose medium is the moving image.


Selected by a panel of their more established peers - each of whom was nominated for the Jarman Award 2012 - Britain's brightest rising stars of the film art firmament are to showcase their cutting-edge work at a series of screenings to be held at venues across the country.


And not only can you experience these artists' work on the big screen, you also have the opportunity to meet them. The tour begins in Nottingham on May 29 before travelling to Brighton, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and London. The artists will be present at the screenings to introduce their work and also to engage in conversation with audiences.


Artists who will feature in the Selected III programme include Emma Alonze, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Nicholas Brooks, Mat Fleming, Piotr Krzymowski, Naheed Raza, Frances Scott, Daniel Shanken, Cheryl Simmons and Edward Thomasson.


Their work has been chosen by artists shortlisted for the 2012 Film London Jarman Award - Brad Butler and Karen Mirza, Aura Satz, Ben Rivers, Benedict Drew, James Richards, Shezad Dawood, Nathaniel Mellors, Matt Stokes, Marcus Coates and Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead.


Selected III has been produced in partnership with videoclub and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), with the aim of showcasing and celebrating some of the most innovative emerging talent in artists' moving image.


Various Screening Dates


29 May 2013 : Nottingham Contemporary

02 June 2013 : Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton

05 June 2013 : Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

13 June 2013 : CCA, Glasgow

18 June 2013 : FACT, Liverpool

20 June 2013 : Whitechapel Gallery, London


For further details about the programme go to videoclub's website


videoclub produces development and exhibition opportunities for artists working with film, video and digital practices; providing opportunities for the public to see, experience and engage in discourse about artists' work.
Film London Artists' Moving Image Network
Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) supports London-based artists working in moving image, working in partnership to deliver a comprehensive programme including production award schemes, regular screenings, talks and events, as well as the prestigious annual Film London Jarman Award. The Jarman Award honours the legacy of avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman. It recognises and rewards the exceptional creativity of today's UK artist film-makers whose work, like Jarman's, resists conventional definition.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Catherine Bertola : "Masterstrokes: Great Paintings from York Art Gallery + responses from contemporary artists" The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, UK

Image: Catherine Bertola, Blue Stockings (Elizabeth Carter), 2009, Pen and ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Masterstrokes: Great Paintings from York Art Gallery + responses from Contemporary Artists

Preview 6-8pm 24th May 2013
25th May-26th August 2013
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, Entry Free

The Collection
Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP
t. 01522782040

Launching at The Collection, Masterstrokes: Great Paintings from York Art Gallery is an exhibition of 33 paintings from York Art Gallery’s fantastic collection on tour to six regional venues while the Gallery is closed for a major refurbishment programme. This exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the collection, bringing together a selection of some of York’s most significant and popular oil paintings from 600 years of art. Ranging from the 15th century to the 20th, the exhibition will feature works by William Hogarth, L.S. Lowry, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and William Etty, among many others.

The Collection have taken this unique opportunity to present this collection alongside contemporary works with loans from the Arts Council Collection including works by Anne Hardy, Henry Bond and Liam Gillick and Catherine Bertola.This includes commissions by six young artists: Rachel Adams, Laura Aldridge, Joana Cifre-Credà, Tim Hattrick, Calvin Sangster and Christopher Schulz.

Masterstrokes: Great Paintings from York Art Gallery is an exhibition of thirty three of York Art Gallery’s finest paintings, on tour 2013 – 15 to six regional venues while the gallery is closed for a major refurbishment programme

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Workplace Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

Marcus Coates, Iron Prominent, Notodonta dromedarius (larva) Self Portrait, shaving foam, 2013, Archival Giclée Print mounted on Aluminium, 172.7 x 121.9 cm, 68 x 48 in, edition of 5 plus 1 artists proof (MC0163)

Marcus Coates

Solo presentation

Hall 1 BOOTH 35
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center

23 - 26 May 2013

Workplace Gallery are pleased to present an entirely new body of work by British artist Marcus Coates, exhibited for the first time at Art Basel Hong Kong. Consisting of a series of large scale photographic self-portraits, these works are a continuation of the performative 'becomings' at the centre of Coates' enquiry into the definition and parameters of human-ness. Here the physicality and symbolism of material (shaving foam, sugar, dough, cotton wool) combine with the portrait to create a 'new' subjectivity: a metamorphosis of self which is driven by both the will and belief of the artist, and the physical transformation of appearance through applied substance. Within this new body of works Coates embraces the notion of a common consciousness across species; and in doing so attempts to embody families of species like moths or birds that are seemingly entirely alien and disconnected to us.

Marcus Coates was born in 1968 in London, UK. In 2008 he was the recipient of a Paul Hamyln Award and in 2009 he won the Diawa Art Prize.

Solo exhibitions include: Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, Serpentine Gallery, London; Implicit Sound, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery; Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland; and Marcus Coates, Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans, USA.

Group exhibitions include: THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney Biennale, Australia; ALTERMODERN, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London; MANIFESTA 7, Trento, Italy; Micro-narratives: tentation des petites réalités, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France; Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London; Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden and Venice Biennale

For more information on these works please contact:

Monday, May 13, 2013

be like water - Preview: Friday 17th May 6-8pm Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK



Preview 17th May 2013, 6 - 8pm
18th May - 22nd June 2013
Thurs - Sat, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Workplace presents be like water, a group exhibition looking at aspects of destruction as artistic formula, the erroneous or delusive nature of a fading memory, and discourses surrounding the invented and imagined. be like water takes the work of six artists that employ repetition, attrition, sublimation and intersubjectivity in the creation of their work, together formulating a dynamic epistemology relating to the intangibility of memories.

DARREN BANKS' looping video, Aural Fascination, is a clip taken from the 1974 Italian horror film, 'The Antichrist' and sees the psychologist, Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi interviewing 'Ippolita', a paralyzed young woman suffering from serious psychological issues stemming from the death of her mother. The clip plays over a section of Ennio Morricone and Edda Dell'Orso's, 'Ma Non Troppo Erotico' (1971) a seductive, soothing but erotically charged piece of music which holds Sinibaldi in seemingly fragile flux which could at any point spin off into a spiraling hedonism.

ANNA BETBEZE creates rich colour saturated works from Greek Flokati rugs. Acids, dyes and resins, accumulate, dissolve and destroy the fabric. Bunsen burners, ash and blades act to further obliterate the rugs, creating simultaneously playful and brutal works that push beyond the limitations of their materiality referencing 20th Century abstract painting, iconic interior furnishing, and metaphors for annihilation and decline.

MICHAŁ BUDNY's works are a poetic interpretation of often delusive phenomena, such as voice, memory or light. His works are an overlaying of fragile, frequently temporal materials, which act to undermine any sense of stability or form often associated with painting and sculpture. With their insubstantial and ethereal presence, they confuse the reading of volume and form.

RICHARD RIGG presents Over and done, a customised infinitely looping cassette tape with an isolated section of a piece of music titled 'Kész az egész', by Hungarian composer, Mihály Vig. The music's lyrics relate to a sense of complete loss and finality. Rigg recorded the piece of music directly onto tape from an online internet archive. Pairing the almost obsolete technology of the cassette and the affiliated tape player, with the now freely accessible sources of media present on the internet, Rigg presents the audience with a kind of corrupted memory trapped in an endless cycle of nostalgia.

JOE CLARK's photographic images of sunsets reflected in mirrors capture the uncertain passage of time and moment. There is a fleeting or elusive resonance with the present, tempered by the ever changing and inescapable passing of time. Within three images, Clark alludes to the often imprecise perception of past and present, and the poetic crystallization of the irretrievable.

KERRY TRIBE presents Here & Elsewhere, a documentary style film surrounding an interview between Peter Wollen (film critic and theoretician) and his ten year old daughter, Audrey. Posed with questions derived from Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's 1978 television documentary, France/tour/détour/deux/enfants, Audrey wrestles with an incomprehensible conundrum, one of explaining phenomena such as light, image, time, space, memory and existence. Throughout the course of the interview the young girl's answers seem to unravel into spirals of contradiction. Tribe uses the filmic format to further question the medium's authenticity in relation to the represented and the real, drawing parallels with the human condition.

Darren Banks, Born 1978 in Orsett, Essex, UK, Lives and works in London. Recent Exhibitions include Magnum Opus, N/V_Projects, London; Deep Space, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; File Transfer Protocol, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; The Days of This Society are Numbered, Abrons Arts Center, New York; Defective Science, Sala Dogana, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, UK

Anna Betbeze, Born 1980 in Mobile, Al, USA, Lives and works in New York, Teaches painting at Yale University School of Art. Recent exhibitions include First Among Equals, Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art; Painting Expanded, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; EXPO 1: New York at MOMA PS1 NY.

Michał Budny, Born 1976 in Leszno, Poland, Lives and works in Warsaw. Recent exhibitions include Author, South London Gallery, UK; Big Country, National Gallery of Art Vilnuis, LT; Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery Copenhagen, DK; Warsaw Under Construction, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, PL

Joe Clark, Born 1982 RAF Wegberg, B.A.O.R, Lives and works in Cologne and London. Recent exhibitions include: Screentest (For a Hero Shot), Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK; Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale 4, Marrakech, Morocco; New Contemporaries, A Foundation: Liverpool Biennial and ICA London, UK;

Richard Rigg, Born 1980 in Penrith, Cumbria, UK, Lives and works in Newcastle. Recent exhibitions include: The Inhabitant of the Watchtower, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California, USA; Lacuna, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Holography, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK; Quiet Works, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA; Broken Fall (organic), Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, Italy

Kerry Tribe, Born 1973 in Boston, Ma, USA, Lives and works in Los Angeles. Exhibitions and performances include Critical Mass, performance at TATE London, UK; Dead Star Light, Camden Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, UK; 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Cinema Effect: Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington DC

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