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Caravan Gallery: Exhibition and Talk



Image Credit: Shopping Fatigue (Liverpool 2008) © The Caravan Gallery

Preview and book launch:   Thursday 5 March, 6 – 8pm

Join NEPN and the Caravan Gallery for a talk and exhibition tour:  Thursday 26 March, 6-8pm. Tickets are free but spaces limited. Book here to reserve a place. 

Venue:  Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

The Caravan Gallery is a collaboration between artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who use photography to document what they call the “reality and surreality of everyday life.” Founded in 2000, The Caravan Gallery is a mobile exhibition space and itinerant social club on wheels housed in a 1969 mustard coloured caravan. The venue has travelled thousands of miles taking contemporary art to unexpected locations and tens of thousands of people. The Caravan Gallery’s images capture the ordinary and extraordinary details of the way we live today, providing an extraordinary record of social change since the millennium. For fifteen years their work has examined those practices of daily life, places or spaces, and processes of social change that the mainstream media overlook. They ask: how do we live together? What do we invest our time and energy in as a collective body of people?

Alongside this, NGCA will present an additional special display of works created during an eight-week residency in North-East England. Here, they present what are, in their view, the North-East’s most memorable, unusual, and improbable sights.

A new hardback publication designed by IDprojects and with an introduction by Ken Grant and an essay by Alistair Robinson will accompany the exhibition.

extra{ordinary} is only one of three components of a citywide project across Sunderland.

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The Social wraps up, well, nearly! Please tell us what you thought

Well, that was exhausting!   Although most of the installations have now disappeared you can still catch the following:

Paul Alexander Knox and Ciara Leeming at Side Gallery until 21 December 2013.
Michele Allen ‘Forgotten Fruit’ at Arts Centre Washington until 4 January 2014.
Louise Taylor  at Durham Art Gallery until 12 January 2014.
Sarah Pickering at Durham Art Gallery until 12 January 2014.
Damien Wootten ‘Coastal Retreats’ at Woodhorn Museum until 2 February 2014.
John Kippin ‘Ships that Pass’ at National Glass Centre until 23 February 2014.
‘You are the company in which you keep’ at Sunderland Museum until 23 February 2014.
Brenda Burrell ‘Fern Street Postcards’ at Sunderland Museum until 23 February 2014.


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Image:  Juliet Chenery-Robson installation at the Old Fire Station, photographed by Michael Daglish.




Sigune Hamann – ‘In the name of’

Image: Sigune Hamann: ‘In the name of’, reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Preview:
Sigune Hamann – ‘In the name of’
DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery

Preview: Friday 12 July - 6.00pm
Exhibition open: Saturday 13 July to Sunday 6 October 2013

In the Name Of’ by Sigune Hamann opens with a preview on Friday 12 July at 6.00pm. The exhibition is in response to the showing of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral and the process of the manuscript’s creation.  The project is commissioned in partnership with NEPN.

‘In the name of’ will encompass work that relates to journeys and transitions and the way we experience and interpret them. The exhibition of photographs and videos will include a 56 metre panoramic photograph taken at a street demonstration and a new series of portraits of pedestrians with the inscription ‘In the name of’ as posters and billboards installed in Durham City.

Sigune Hamann is an artist who deals with still and moving images. In photographs, videos, installations and online environments she explores the effects time and perception have on the construction of mental images. Her projects operate in the space between the still and the moving image: she experiments with images created through movement and explores narrative structures through panoramic film-strips.




Therblig – Wideyed Exhibition


Exhibition preview July 13th 2013 2-4pm
Opening 13-19 July 2013
Free Admission

Opening times

Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm


Transvision. Opens 15 June

Linna Borgesen

Linna Borgesen

University of Sunderland BA (Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging Degree Show opens Friday 15 June 2012, from 5-8pm and runs until 22 June 2012.
This is the last degree show at the historic Ashburne House, all welcome to celebrate with those graduating.

Ashburne House, Ryhope Road, Sunderland, SR2 7EF

More information at:

Sam O'Neill

Sam O’Neill

The Felling, Dawn Felicia Knox

Dawn Knox Mining Institute



Marjolaine Ryley at Street Level Photoworks


Marjolaine Ryley’s exhibition of new work ‘Growing up in the New Age’ opens at Street Level Photoworks on Saturday 21 April – 3 June 2012.

Ryley’s practice uses autobiography as a tool for investigating her subjects, moving between the personal album and the social document, between research and practice.

Growing up in the New Age explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. It is an ongoing journey through the fascinating subject of alternative education and philosophies of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s including pacifism, anarchism, counter-culture, left wing politics, women’s rights and ‘new age’ ideas. Drawing on her own life growing up in the 1970s and 80s and her parents experiences, from their initial meeting in a commune in the south of France, she uncovers the early formulation of their ideologies, set against the backdrop of political and cultural happenings of the 1960s and early 1970s.

She also explores alternative education and the belief systems that led to the founding of Kirkdale Free School by a group of alternative thinking parents in the 1960s, which Ryley attended from 1976 – 1987. Included in the exhibition are a series of black and white prints by Dave Walkling, whose images of Kirkdale and the squatting scene add a salient primary source of evidence of the time alongside other items which knit the archival records with the lyrical imagery of Ryley’s.

An exhibition guide with contributions from Zoe Lippett, Val Williams and Malcolm Dickson is available.

Exhibition Related Events:

Friday 18th May, 2pm. Exhibition talk for photography students with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, all welcome.

Saturday 19th May, 12-1.30pm, Portfolio reviews led by Marjolaine Ryley. Free, booking essential.

Saturday 19th May,  3pm. Exhibition tour
with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, All welcome.

More information at:

Dawn Felicia Knox: Nomen Nudum at the Great North Museum

Brenda Burrell, Twenty Years Later at Decisive Moment Gallery

‘Brenda Burrell inhabits and documents the uneasy survival of a coastal pit village from the inside, its uniquely English architecture and vibrant, indefatigable people.

After a spirited struggle, the mine, one of the most productive in Europe, was finally closed in 1991, putting a whole community out of work, its buildings, and all surrounding supply industries shattered and then bulldozed.

The twenty intervening years has seen photographers Simon Norfolk, John Davies, Sirkka Liisa Konttinen and the Billy Elliot filmmaker Lee Hall walk the streets, comb the now beautiful deserted beaches, making art where the pit waste once was dumped.

This latest, ongoing series of works shows the younger inhabitants of the village twenty years after the pit was forcibly closed, those whose fathers were barely toddlers themselves during the days of coal, the neatly dressed windows and weather-washed streets embarking on a new century.’

The exhibition is at the Decisive Moment Gallery at Darlington Arts Centre until 17 December 2011. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12-6pm and Saturdays 10-4pm.

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Community without Propinquity at MK Gallery


7 October – 27 November 2011

Commissioned artist Laura Guy has recently been involved in the curation of an exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery which explores the roles of contemporary art and communities in New Towns across the globe. The project opens with an an exhibition and a video programme and will present during the exhibition period, six new artist’s commissions, a research laboratory, publication and symposium on the 26 November.

Artists in the exhibition include: Paulo Catrica, Nathan Coley, Cao Fei, Jesal Kapadia, Wayne Lloyd, Vincent Meessen, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Pia Rönicke and Stuart Whipps.