Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Peter J. Evans: 'Art Lending Library' Darlington Town Centre, UK

Image: Peter J. Evans, Feedbacker II reconfig 1.20/1.21, 2007, Ink on plasterboard. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Art Lending Library

12 noon Saturday 3 May

Art Lending Library. A project by Market Gallery and Walker & Bromwich.

With works by Beagles and Ramsay, Chris Biddlecombe, Oliver Braid, Jemima Brown, Jasmina Cibič, Romany Dear, Roos Dijkhuizen, Jacqueline Donachie and Roderick Buchanan, Annie O'Donnell, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Laura Eldret, Peter J Evans, Graham Fagen, David Faithfull, Alec Finlay, Ross Hamilton Frew, Dryden Goodwin, Sandy Grant, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Henna Rikka Halonen, Ellie Harrison, Margaret Harrison, Dean Hughes, Kevin Hunt, Nick Kennedy, Gayle Chong Kwan, Tessa Lynch, Rachel Maclean, Tom Nolan, Nicky Peacock, Kate V Robertson, Andro Semeiko, Iacopo Seri, David Sherry, Calum Stirling, Pivli Takala, Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, Clara Ursitti, Mark Vernon and Ian Middleton, Yu-Chen Wang, Kraig Wilson

Join us in celebrating the opening of the exhibition with a ceremonial procession through Darlington town centre, accompanied by the Cockerton Prize Silver Band. The parade will be followed by a reception from 1pm until 3pm at Crown Street Gallery, where you will be able to join the Art Lending Library and borrow works to enjoy in your home, work place or community centre.

The Parade begins at the Life Pulse sculpture on Blackwellgate, 12 noon on Saturday 3 May.


Exhibition runs from Saturday 3 May to Thursday 5 June 2014. For more details, and to see the artworks, visit www.artlendinglibrary.org.uk

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cecilia Stenbom wins 'Visual Artist of the Year' at Journal Culture Awards

Image: Cecilia Stenbom New Protocol 2014 Acrylic on canvas. 100 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 


Cecilia Stenbom


Visual Artist of the Year - Journal Culture Awards


Workplace Gallery is delighted to congratulate Cecilia Stenbom on being awarded Visual Artist of the Year 2013 at the Journal Culture Awards hosted at The Sage Gateshead.


Cecilia Stenbom's work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life.  She works across media including video, film, installation, drawing and painting.


Stenbom is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her BA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2003 and an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005. Recent projects include North By Northeast, Commission and residency with Berwick Visual Art and Berwick Film and Media, Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive, Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland, Glasgow Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Happy Fashion, VIAINDUSTRIAE, Perugia, Italy, (I'm Having) The Time of My Life, Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland and Moving Image Art Fair, NY, USA. She has recently been awarded a commission to develop a short film by Creative England part of the BFI NET.WORK.


Stenbom will open her second solo exhibition of new work at Workplace Gallery Gateshead in June 2014.


For more information visit: http://www.workplacegallery.co.uk/artists/_Cecilia Stenbom/

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Workplace Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2014

Image: Laura Lancaster Untitled 2014, Acrylic on Linen, 30 x 24 cm (11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Booth D4


Eric Bainbridge

Cath Campbell

Hugo Canoilas

Jacob Dahlgren

Jo Coupe

Laura Lancaster

Paul Merrick


Dallas Art Fair 2014

April 10 - 13

(preview Gala April 10th)


FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery)

1807 Ross Avenue

Dallas, TX 75201



for a full list of available works please email: info@workplacegallery.co.uk

Friday, April 04, 2014

Laura Lancaster: MTV RE:DEFINE Benefit Auction, Dallas

Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2013, Oil on Linen, 180 x 230 cm, 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in



Friday 4th April

from 7pm, Dallas time

Dallas Contemporary

Auctioneer: Alexander Gilkes
Special guest: Jerry Hall




We are very proud to announce that Laura Lancaster has donated a large painting to the MTV RE:DEFINE auction benefiting the MTV Staying Alive Foundation http://stayingalivefoundation.org - to be held tonight at Dallas Contemporary, curated by The Future Tense and Peter Doroshenko in collaboration with the Goss-Michael Foundation. 

"This painting was made from a found photograph of a 1940's snapshot, bought in an internet auction. The photograph stood out to me as I was struck by the surreal atmosphere of the image, with a teenage boy just standing there while birds come and land on him as if he is a statue or some kind of monument. Something about this made me really aware of the stillness of the photograph (monuments do not move but the world around them does), and I wanted to capture this. I was interested in creating a slow reveal of the image, with the birds only becoming apparent after looking at the image for a while. As with many of my other works I was looking to bury the image in the paint somehow, to be rediscovered later by the viewer." Laura Lancaster


Laura Lancaster's work in the auction: https://paddle8.com/work/laura-lancaster/27304-untitled


Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Laura's work to date is extracted from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Mediated through painting her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into a ambiguous territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster relocates them to a place of collective memory and experience that resonates with our own. Laura Lancaster's work oscillates between the nostalgic sentimentality of the celebratory moment, and the melancholic poignancy of the past. Lancaster's recent paintings mark a significant shift in scale and subject. Combining solitary figures and groups of people whose gaze confronts the viewer. These works are paintings of photographs as object, and a continuation of Lancaster's enquiry into deliberately ambiguous imagery that points towards a stranger, darker subtext.


Recent Exhibitions include: 'Private Utopia', British Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Japan; New Art Gallery Walsall, John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool Biennale 2012, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, Museum of Modern Art St Etienne, Palazzo Della Arte Napoli, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Wooson Gallery, Korea; Musee d'art Moderne St Etienne, France and New Art Gallery Walsall, UK in 2015. Lancaster is represented by Workplace Gallery, UK.


To register for telephone bidding please contact https://paddle8.com


MTV RE:DEFINE will support online silent auction bidding leading up to and simultaneous with the closing of the event at 11 PM CT on Friday, April 4th. Online bidding on live auction lots will conclude at 3 PM CT and will be transferred as starting and proxy bids for the live auction that evening.
Visit Paddle8.com to view the catalogue and sign up to place bids online.
(Please pay close attention to all associated terms and conditions relating to absentee and online bidding)

Jacob Dahlgren: 'On Balance' Fabrica, Brighton, UK

Jacob Dahlgren, Heaven is a place on earth, 2013, Digital Scales, Dimensions Variable (JDA0123) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

On Balance

Jacob Dahlgren


5 April - 26 May

4 April
Preview 6-9pm


5 April - 2 May
Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm
Sundays and bank holidays 2-5pm


3 May - 26 May
Every day 12-7pm (except 26 May 2-5pm)

On Balance
, is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been reconfigured for Fabrica's unique space.


Heaven is a Place on Earth, is a large floor work comprising 713 polished bathroom scales in candy-pop colours, ranging from turquoise and lime to cerise and black.


The Wonderful World of Abstraction, takes its sculptural form from 1000's of metres of multi-coloured ribbon, which are suspended uniformly from a metal frame - to kaleidoscopic effect.

Visitors are invited by Dahlgren to step into his pictorial and sculptural world by walking across and through his artworks.


He says, "It's very important to be part of the work, to walk on it and to make that decision to. At first you don't know if this is ok, if you are allowed to or not. Then once you see that you can, have permission to, it's a magical moment."


Acknowledging the sensual pleasure of the material world, and taking delight in the moments of physical and social interaction are recurrent themes in Dahgren's work. The commissioning of Heaven is a Place on Earth, has meant Fabrica purchasing hundreds of sets of bathroom scales, manufactured in China and shipped to the UK. There has been an inevitable environmental cost occurred. All Costs Considered, a debate on Tuesday 20 May, seeks to address these questions and weigh up the environmental costs of the exhibition against its educational and social benefits.


40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG
01273 778 646



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Laura Lancaster at Workplace London

Image: Laura Lancaster Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 210 x 180cm, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Laura Lancaster


2nd April - 24 May 2014

Workplace London

61 Conduit Street



by appointment only

contact: info@workplacegallery.co.uk