Friday, June 27, 2014

Cecilia Stenbom: Artist Talk 2.30pm Saturday 28th June at Workplace Gateshead

Image: Cecilia Stenbom Everyday Collateral Installation View, Workplace Gallery Gateshead 2014  


Artists talk by Cecilia Stenbom

Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Saturday 28th June, 2014

2:30pm (admission free, open to all)


Hosted by Contemporary Art Society as part of the International Print Biennale Cecilia Stenbom will give an artists talk about her current solo exhibition Everyday Collateral at Workplace Gallery Gateshead tomorrow at 2.30pm.


The talk is the conclusion of a wider tour led by Matthew Hearn across key venues taking part in the International Print Biennale. To reserve a place on the tour please RSVP, stating if you will be bringing a guest, to Matthew Hearn at / 07762 146 957


Starting at the Hatton Gallery at 10am, the tour will begin with an introduction from Anna Wilkinson, Director of Northern Print to the festival and the Print Awards. There will also be an opportunity to hear directly from a number of the artists featured in the exhibition. From here the tour will proceed to Northern Print for 11.30am. It is upto you if you walk or drive between venues. At Northern Print there will be opportunity to see the second installment of the exhibition and chat with some of the artists over tea and coffee. At 12.30 this will be followed by a free film-screening and talk, relating to his work on show at the Hatton Gallery by artist Bedwyr Williams. This will take place at Star & Shadow Cinema just up the road from Northern Print. At 2.30, the tour will conclude with a visit to Workplace Gallery, Gateshead where as part of the Biennale, they are exhibiting a new body print-based work by gallery artist, Cecilia Stenbom who will be present to talk about her work.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jacob Dahlgren: 'Sculpture at Pilane' Pilane Heritage Museum, Sweden

Images (above): Jacob Dahlgren Horizontal Rectangles and the Awareness of Perfection 2014, 500 x 500 500 cm. (below): Jacob Dahlgren Self Portrait of Inner Turmoil 2014, Diameter 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.


Sculpture at Pilane 2014


Friday, June 13, 2014

Cath Campbell: '21 arches instead of a gate' Woodside Primary Academy, Walthamstow, UK

Image: Cath Campbell, 21 arches instead of a gate, 2014, Painted steel, tarmac (Public Commission, Walthamstow, London) (CC0087) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

21 Arches instead of a gate

21 arches instead of a gate, an ambitious new artwork by Cath Campbell for Woodside Primary Academy, sees a constellation of elegant steel archways transform a redundant gateway into a graceful folly full of imaginative potential.

Inhabiting the unused space between two brick pillars, the new artwork responds to the aesthetic of the adjacent Victorian railings: extending and arcing the black vertical lines into towering forms, stretching up and over each other and coiling back into the school playground.

21 arches instead of a gate consciously injects the redundant transitional space with a multitude of new threshold spaces, arranged to act both as functional boundary and object of contemplation, exploration and play.

Cath Campbell worked with pupils from Woodside Primary Academy during the design process. The work forms part of an ongoing series of sculptural interventions by the artist in which she works directly within architecture and the built environment, re-arranging and manipulating functional materials and objects to transform the familiar into something unexpected, challenging the boundaries between art, architecture and design and deliberately undermining any sense of certainty, stability or permanence within the built form.

About Waltham Forest Council - Creating a better place Residents told the Council that regeneration in the borough was their top priority. They wanted better streets, shopping and leisure. So at the beginning of 2013 Waltham Forest Council promised they would start to deliver on their regeneration commitments, and as residents will have seen over the last year the Council really is delivering their ambition of creating a better place by; enhancing nine high street areas, refurbishing 28 play areas, improving all of our leisure centres and bringing a cinema to the borough. The Council secured over £160million of investment in 2013 and expects that to rise to over £700million as we move towards 2018.

Darren Banks: 'The House of the Flying Wheel' Backlit, Nottingham, UK

 Image: Darren Banks, The Morley Engine, 2014, Mixed Media, 300 x 300 cm (DB0090)
 Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

The House of the Flying Wheel

Backlit, Nottingham, UK
7th June - 7th Sept 2014

Yinka Shonibare, Julian Wild, Darren Banks, Mark Davey, Tracey McMaster

Darren Banks re-interprets and makes sense of the history and life of
Samuel Morley (1809-1886) an English woolen manufacturer, philanthropist,
abolitionist and social reformer. By culling the Internet for contemporary and
historical material related to Morley, he intends to create a map of objects,
things, images, music and ideas that circulate around the man and his beliefs.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jacob Dahlgren: 'SUPERPOP!' Serlachius Museum, Gösta, Finland

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Heaven in a Place on Earth 2013, Digital scales, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK




Serlachius Museum

Gösta, Finland


Jacob Dahlgren, Jiri Geller, Peter Halley, Simo Helenius, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Katri Kuparinen, Jani Leinonen, Roy Lichtenstein, Leo Lindsten, Liisa Lounila, Robert Lucander, Paul Osipow, Simon Patterson, Robert Rauschenberg, Aurora Reinhard, Raimo Reinikainen, Bridget Riley, James Rosenquist, Riiko Sakkinen, Pilvi Takala, Marianna Uutinen and Andy Warhol.


Serlachius Museum Gösta's main exhibition summer 2014 in the new pavilion shows the international classics of pop art side by side with the Finnish ones. They enter into dialogue with the artworks of Finnish and international contemporary artists.

Pop art was one of the most important shifts of the 20th century art. It was established after the second world war in the Great Britain and in the United States as the artists became interested in the popular culture as a response against elitistic high culture.  Pop art was aimed for the general public, it was fast moving, easy and sexy. It was inspired by adverts, packages and other every-day phenomenon as well as celebrities and world's events.

The curator of the exhibition SuperPop!, Timo Valjakka, has picked about 130 artworks from 23 different artists that represent pop art in many different ways.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Catherine Bertola: 'LUX' Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland, UK

Image: Catherine Bertola, In the pursuit of perfection, 2014, Russet Apple Tree, bamboo, bronze, gold leaf, ceramic, motor. (CB0100) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery



Catherine Bertola

Andrew Burton

Imogen Cloët

Jem Finer

Dan Fox

Bob Levene


Tuesday 10 June - Sunday 2 November

Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7PX


For more information:


In response to the inventive spirit demonstrated by Lord Armstrong, rooms will shine, lampshades will crackle and the beautiful gardens will hold a golden surprise within them.  There are seven installations across Cragside, including sculptures constructed from small glass bricks, a 360-degree camera obscura, golden gilded apples and light and sound installations.

Catherine Bertola is Newcastle based artist whose work involves drawings, objects and installations that respond directly to a place and its history.

Focusing on the emphasis on which Victorian landowners placed upon the pursuit of perfection, the artist has turned her attention to how the formal garden represents the length William Armstrong went to control and harness nature.
The layout of the garden masks the rugged barren landscape upon which Cragsde is built. Underneath the constructed order and simplicity lie complex systems and mechanisms used by Armstrong's gardeners to cultivate plants and maintain this man made environment. Most of these innovations remain invisible to visitors.

Catherine Bertolas' perfect, precious apple tree draws attention to this now humble fruit that were considered in the Victorian era to be a complete singular dish, celebrated in it's own right and a way to demonstrate one's wealth and status to guests at lavish dinner parties.

In the pursuit of perfection uses Armstrong's original plant pot as a vessel for the tree's controlled growth, rotating hourly by a new mechanism to ensure an even amount of sunlight reaches the precious sapling. Instead of succulent fruits we are presented with a symbol of Armstrong's wealth and the amount of investment made in the pursuit of perfection for the whole of Cragside.


Friday, June 06, 2014

Miles Thurlow: Fountains and Gardens, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK

Miles Thurlow, Fountain (detail), 2013, Hooded top, trainers, resin, paint, electric pump, water, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Miles Thurlow

Fountains and Gardens



36 Lime Street Gallery,

Newcastle Upon Tyne


Saturday 7th June only

Gallery opening times:

Saturday 7th June, 11am - 3pm



Miles Thurlow presents new work made specifically for this exhibition at 36 Lime Street, that explores the proximity of art to the decorative and the banal. Fountains and gardens, traditional expressions of civilisation, state, and prosperity are reduced to their most fundamental constituents and reconfigured as depleted monuments assembled from consumer objects acquired by the artist.


Miles Thurlow was born in Colchester, Essex in 1975 and studied Sculpture at Loughborough College of Art & Design (1995-1997) and at Newcastle University (1998 - 2000). Previous exhibitions include Kunstraum, London; Glasgow International; Baltic, Gateshead; Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennale; Malgras Naudet, Manchester; Edinburgh Art Festival. He lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.