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Tuesday 21 May 2024
21/05/2024

Art

The world of Charlie Rogers

One Monday morning long ago, a young man called Charlie Rogers limped down Bensham Road in Gateshead, wincing as he went. Two days before, this ‘ageing left back’ (his description) was playing in a Cup-tie for Kibblesworth Colliery Welfare when he got ‘a hefty whack on an already dodgy left knee’. The doctor studied it, …

Artworks Rooted in local landscapes

Painter Katherine Renton looked to the Northumbrian coast for an exhibition based on the relationship between artists and the environment. But instead of portraying the castles and beaches, Katherine took an early morning trip to sketch empty car parks at Beadnell, Craster, Alnmouth, Bamburgh and Seahouses. The exhibition, titled Rooted, features the work of 18 …

Putting Franki Raffles in the frame

Following the recent success of its Chris Killip exhibition, Baltic has returned to photography with a brace of exhibitions showing the work of female photographers. Joanne Coates, recipient of this year’s Vasseur Baltic Artists’ Award, shows on Level 2 and we report separately on her exhibition, Middle of Somewhere. But her exploration of young women’s …

Not the middle of nowhere…

Joanne Coates is a photographer whose star is on the rise following residencies, commissions and reams of positive coverage. She calls herself “a working class visual artist using the medium of photography”. Her favoured themes of class, inequality, rural life and community cohesion arise from her own experience of growing up in rural North Yorkshire …

Portraits encourage us to talk about death

A new exhibition exploring grief and the enduring bonds between loved ones when someone dies will open in Newcastle this week. Portraits with Purpose: Continuing Bonds is the result of a special collaboration between St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle, and artist Leanne Pearce. Working with bereaved and pre-bereaved families who have accessed the hospice’s support …

My life through a… sketchbook: Sheila Graber

Now in her eighties, acclaimed artist and animator Sheila Graber has been capturing the region in her sketchbook for more than seven decades. Born and raised in South Shields, South Tyneside and the wider North East features heavily in her archives, which she is generously using to raise money for three causes close to her …

Culture digest

New investment secured for Sunderland music project Sunderland Music Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, the organisation behind The Fire Station, has secured £337,500 of funding for new project Sunderland Music City.  The project, which will be delivered alongside a number of local partners, aims to raise the profile of the city’s culture offering, with a …

One artist pays homage to another

When James Lowther, head of visual arts for The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, visited Matilda Bevan’s studio near Hexham, Northumberland, he asked which artists had influenced her. Immediately she mentioned Thomas Hennell so plans were laid for an exhibition in Berwick’s Granary Gallery that would include his work and her artistic responses to it. There could …

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