Exhibitions at Sunderland Museum and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

NEPN is delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition Observe Experiment Archive, opening at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 15 November 2019 – 05 January 2020.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will also present a mid-career retrospective of Marjolaine Ryley in parallel. 

Join us at the previews – Thursday 14 November:
5.30-7.30pm at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, SR1 1PP.
6.30-8.30pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SR6 0GL.

The exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens considers how contemporary photographic artists can respond to both scientific innovation and historical collections, their work transforming our world through light and lens.  It delves into the age-old sense of wonder we feel when faced with the complex nature of our ever-changing world and the ongoing struggle to learn more. The exhibition also considers the power of human inventiveness in meeting global challenges.

Observe Experiment Archive includes new bodies of work by Liza Dracup and Tessa Bunney, both commissioned by NEPN in 2018/19.  Work created in response to the natural history collection of Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will accompany a UK premier of work by Robert Zhao Renhui. Helen McGhie presents new work created for the exhibition and Sophie Ingleby presents SEED, which has been supported by NEPN in its development.  These projects are accompanied by existing work by Mandy Barker, Penelope Umbrico and Maria McKinney.   Download more information about the artists in the NEPN-OEA-Exhibition Guide

At Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, a mid-career retrospective of Marjolaine Ryley ‘This is What I See’ is programmed.  This exhibition is the first to offer an overview of her entire body of work to date, created over two decades, including two bodies of work not exhibited before.  Further information on Marjolaine’s exhibition can be found HERE.

Liza Dracup’s newly-commissioned series Light Matter will also be exhibited at the NGCA Collections Space within National Glass Centre.

Collectively drawing together photographic artists from across the city, nationally and internationally, both exhibitions seek to create contexts for photography-science dialogue and further establish Sunderland as a centre for photographic practice.

Observe Experiment Archive includes a catalogue of scheduled events across November and December. Further information of these events can be found by following the links below:

22 November – Joseph Swan: A New Vision - Part of Being Human Festival and the Canny Sunderland talks series.

Observe Experiment Archive is curated by NEPN in partnership with Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Culture.  Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.



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