Saturday, 15 June 2019

Last day to visit Newcastle University BA Fine Art Degree Show

The work of 58 emerging artists at the culmination of four-years study on the Newcastle University BA in Fine Art can be seen today until 4pm.













Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Preparing for Cheeseburn Sculpture June 2019 Open Weekend

In preparation for the next Open Weekend at Cheeseburn Sculpture on 29th and 30th June 2019, local maker David Kirkland is busy working on his collection of ceramic bird boxes.

David owns some woodland about 20 miles from the Cheeseburn estate. It is here that David digs the clay from which they are made, which he then processes back at his home in Newcastle. 



All are fired to 1250C, which makes them frostproof - they will outlast the tree or wall they are attached to!  


New boxes are designed to RSPB specifications to suit a range of specific bird species. Some of the new boxes will be textured to look rock-like, achieved by making glazes from rocks David collects from Northumberland, and wood ash from his fire. Other new boxes will be unglazed, but heavily textured (like the picture example), allowing the character of the Northumbrian clay they are made from to be seen.

 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ian Sansom Is Waiting - BBC Radio 4


Ian Sansom Is Waiting on BBC Radio 4 was an interesting examination of the familiar act of waiting. Whether that be waiting for a bus, waiting for your name being called out on the register, waiting for the weekend, waiting for that career break that you have been longing for, waiting for the right moment to propose to the love of your life, or simply waiting for a sunny day in which you can hang your washing outside; 



"We're always waiting for something. 

Sometimes, it feels like it might never arrive. But what if the secret to getting what you want lies in the space between things, rather than in the destination itself? Through terminal spaces, waiting rooms and traffic jams, Ian Sansom offers a delayed deliberation on those moments when someone or something makes us... wait. As Ian puts us on hold, forms an orderly queue and sits down to watch a slow film in the company of filmmaker Spencer Slovic, he experiences a sense of delayed gratification with philosopher Professor Harold Schweizer, tunes up in the orchestra pit with percussionist Sam Staunton, and endures the protracted delay in getting published with Northern Irish author Wendy Erskine. Maybe if he's able hang around long enough, Ian might just arrive at his conclusion."


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00047tf

Friday, 31 May 2019

Front of billboard

marginendeavour have been working on the structure of our billboard and have now added the frame to the front.

We’ve got a little planing and filling to do before we start making art, but it is taking shape!


Cheeseburn Open Weekend

As the Spring and Summer months are upon us, we have the Cheeseburn open weekends to look forward to. The programme changes over the course of the 5 months, so there are plenty of reasons to visit repeatedly over the year.

Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Prize 2019

For the May open weekends, visitors were invited to explore the proposals in the Stables Gallery by 10 young artists who have been shortlisted to become the 2019 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year.

Each artist is supported and mentored by Cheeseburn Curator Matthew Jarratt and the winning artist will receive £6500 to realise their idea at Cheeseburn in spring 2020.
The award is in its 4th year and was conceived by Joanna Riddell at Cheeseburn in 2015 and The Gillian Dickinson Trust has recently renewed their funding support for Cheeseburn to deliver this important opportunity for young artists for another 3 years.






Clare Townley, the 2018 winner of the Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Prize exhibited her new installation and dancer Simona Yovcheva was performing in response to her artwork.



The chapel was the site for an impressive collection of glass ships in glass bottles as part of a project by Dr Ayako Tani. "Vessels of Memory  aims to document the skills and experience of glassworkers."


There were also numerous new sculptures exhibited around the grounds.




















Friday, 24 May 2019

Great news for Great & Tiny War

Huge congratulations to the wunderful team behind Great and Tiny War, the proud owners and well deserved recipients of Best Event Tyneside Award. I'm so pleased and honoured to have been part of it.


Was great to catch up with some of the team earlier in the week.






Cheeseburn Open Weekend 25, 26, 27th May 2019

I'm looking forward to a busy few days working at Cheeseburn Open Weekend on Saturday, SUnday and Monday.

Cheeseburn Sculpture is a unique destination for contemporary art in the North East of England. Each summer our programme features three curated gallery exhibitions together with new sculptures, installations and performance throughout the gardens.     

In 2019 Cheeseburn will be open from 11am to 4pm on 

 25th/26th/27th  May 2019 


This weekend you'll be able to see the following:

Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year 2019



Visitors are invited to explore the proposals in the Stables Gallery by 10 young artists who have been shortlisted to become the 2019 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year.
Each artist is supported and mentored by Cheeseburn Curator Matthew Jarratt and the winning artist will receive £6500 to realise their idea at Cheeseburn in spring 2020.

The award is in its 4th year and was conceived by Joanna Riddell at Cheeseburn in 2015 and The Gillian Dickinson Trust has recently renewed their funding support for Cheeseburn to deliver this important opportunity for young artists for another 3 years.
The Gillian Dickinson Trust is North East charity which works to promote creativity in young people. www.gilliandickinsontrust.org.uk
Winner of the 2018  Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of The Year
Clare Townley was selected as the winner of the 2018  Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of The Year. Clare has spent 9 months producing her installation at Newbridge Studios in Newcastle after graduating in 2017 from Newcastle University.
The large scale dystopian installation is called  “Nostalgie de la boue: Plastic Friend”  and  is constructed from recycled plastic and includes a swing where visitors can contemplate the impact of plastic on the rural environment.
The installation will be featured along with our Stables Gallery exhibition of proposals from 10 young artists who are bidding for the 2019 Young Sculptor of the Year Award. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite proposal at Cheeseburn Sculpture across two open weekends in May 18th/19th and 25th/26th/27th.
Funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust has enabled Cheeseburn Sculpture to develop this annual award to support new and emerging artists who are from the North East or committed to working in the North East.
Cheeseburn Sculpture Curator Matthew Jarratt said:
“ The funding  from the Gillian Dickinson Trust is providing a fantastic annual opportunity for young artists in the North East to get their professional careers started and to realise ambitious new artworks. We were so impressed by the quality of  proposals from the young artists and really excited to work with Clare to support her to produce an installation which asks questions about our relationship with plastic and its impact on the landscape.”
New Sculpture and installations
This summer Cheeseburn are delighted to site new sculpture and installations in the gardens and project spaces at Cheeseburn by 16 artists including Lucian Anderson, Lisa Delarny, Erin Dickson, Brigitte Jurack, Peter Hanmer, Joseph Hillier, Bennett Hogg, David Mach, Becky MacKenzie, Keith Roberts, Jeff Sarmiento, Ayako Tani, Clare Townley, Olivia Turner, Cate Watkinson and Alice Wilson.
Performance and Dance Interventions

Cheeseburn is planning a series of special pop-up dance performances and interventions in the gardens which build on our work in autumn 2018 with dancers Simona Yovcheva,Maria Vincentelli and Lizzie Klotz.
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I hope to see you there!